TRUCK ACCIDENT INJURIES
Given their size, it's no surprise that trucks are capable of causing devastating accidents. Anyone on the receiving end of a truck accident is likely to suffer a catastrophic injury or extensive damage to their vehicle. This means they’ll need medical attention, as well as an experienced personal injury attorney.
If you are lying in a hospital bed or injured at home, the last thing you want to worry about is paying your bills or other financial considerations. That is where a truck accident lawyer comes in. Our experienced attorneys will aggressively fight for your interests and get you the compensation you deserve.
At Neufeld Law Firm, we have more than 90 combined years of experience representing injured clients. Our experience partnering with trusted medical professionals gives us a clear understanding of victims’ injuries and how they may impact the rest of their lives. These types of injuries ultimately cost a great deal of money, not to mention the emotional toll they can exact.
In 2005, Neufeld Law Firm represented a client who was hit by a large truck hauling automobiles. The accident resulted in devastating injuries. We pursued just compensation and were able to receive a $25 million jury verdict in Miami.
Our Florida personal injury lawyers will aggressively pursue every legal avenue to ensure your financial stability through these challenging times. Most importantly, you don’t need to worry about hidden fees or unexpected costs when we represent you—we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we don’t get paid until we secure your compensation.
WHAT CAUSES SERIOUS TRUCK ACCIDENTS?
Truck drivers are under a great deal of pressure to deliver their loads quickly. If they can complete a run before the expected delivery date, they stand to make more money. With this motivating them, it is no wonder that some drivers let safe driving techniques fall by the wayside.
Accidents can be caused by many factors, including driver fatigue, speeding, and other unsafe behaviors.
This is one of the top safety violations that results in trucking accidents. While there are laws and regulations in place to prevent truck drivers from staying on the road for longer than they should, some drivers ignore these rules. Still, others are encouraged to ignore safety guidelines by their employers or clients in pursuit of profit.
Because companies make more money when their employees drive greater distances in shorter periods, they often encourage drivers to stay on the road as long as possible. While some companies are ethical and care about the safety of drivers and the general public, others are exclusively about their bottom line. If you or someone you know was injured in a truck accident in South Florida, call the personal injury attorneys of Neufeld Law Firm today! Do not hesitate or delay to make sure your personal injury claim falls within the statute of limitations.
HOURS OF SERVICE RULES
Violating the hours of service rules (FMCSA Regulations, Part 395) is a common cause of truck driver fatigue and truck accidents.
The primary hour of service rule is called the "11-hour" rule. It states that a property-carrying truck driver can only be on the road for a maximum of 11 hours after he or she has had 10 consecutive hours off in the last 14 hours. As far as passenger-carrying drivers go, they can stay on the road for up to 10 hours after eight consecutive hours off duty.
If you or someone you know was injured by a truck in an accident, it’s your attorney’s job to investigate the situation and determine whether the driver was following the hours of service rules and other regulations. If they were not following the rules, they may have been negligent in their duties to other drivers. As such, you likely have a case, meaning you stand to receive compensation for your injuries.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is irresponsible and dangerous when done by any driver. When a truck driver is under the influence, however, things are even worse. Why? Because trucks are perfectly suited to cause large amounts of damage due to their immense size. Beyond that, truck drivers are employed by trucking companies—their career is built around driving. It is reasonable, therefore, to expect that they (above other drivers) maintain a clear mind behind the wheel. But much of the time, that isn’t the case. If you or a loved one was injured by a truck driven by someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contact us today.
Speeding is one of the most dangerous things a truck driver can do. Even in a sedan, speeding can result in injuries. In a truck, the danger of speeding is escalated because trailers can actually make trucks unstable and more likely to cause accidents.
There are load limits in the state of Florida and around the country that detail how much weight a truck is allowed to carry at any given time. Too much weight can make a truck difficult to handle, increasing the risk of an accident. Ignoring or neglecting load limits is a common cause of Florida truck accidents.
Certain truck accidents may be caused by unbalanced loads. If a truck is not properly loaded, it can become unbalanced and either tip over or impair the driver's ability to stop and turn. This can cause accidents and result in injuries to other drivers.
FAILURE TO MAINTAIN PROPER STOPPING DISTANCE
More than other vehicle types, trucks must maintain proper stopping distance at all times. Failure to do so can result in catastrophic injury. If you or someone you know was rear-ended by a truck, call the personal injury attorneys at Neufeld Law Firm today.
Lights, a horn, and other safety equipment are essential to the functioning of every truck. Improper lighting or other broken safety equipment can cause accidents and result in a lawsuit.
HOW A FLORIDA TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER CAN HELP
Semi-truck accidents can have devastating results for you and your loved ones. Our attorneys work as a team to ensure you receive the finest representation in a court of law and secure the compensation to which you are entitled. It is important to work with a law firm that has the experience and knowledge necessary to address trucking litigation issues.
For example, a qualified trucking accident personal injury lawyer will know that truck drivers’ logbooks can be falsified. Sometimes there are two sets of logbooks—the actual trucking logbook and one that might be colloquially referred to as the comic book or joke book. Given the recent switch to government-mandated Electronic Logging Devices, we expect to see a decrease in falsified driving records—but it’s also possible that truck drivers may find a way to hack these devices.
Your lawyer should be familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations and how they impact your potential case and the responsibilities of truck drivers and commercial carriers.
Our firm will consider all potentially liable parties in your personal injury case. In addition to the driver, the motor carrier or employee leasing company who hired the driver may be liable. Often, the truck driver's employment file will contain inaccuracies that were not properly vetted through the hiring company. There may also be undisclosed criminal records, driving safety violations, and other factors that can strengthen your case. In addition, the motor carrier has an obligation to make sure that their trucks are properly maintained and fitted with safety devices. Any violations will only add to your claim.
An experienced truck accident personal injury lawyer will be ready to:
- Take the deposition of the motor carrier's safety director in addition to the truck driver— looking for evidence of fatigue, destruction of evidence, evidence of safety regulation violations, irregularities in the carrier's fleet-safety program, and pre/post-trip inspections.
- Take the deposition of the motor carrier's dispatchers, mechanics, accident reconstruction experts, and other corporate representatives.
- Submit motions to obtain the truck's safety data and the company's/driver's historical safety records and delivery schedules.
- Obtain EOBRD (Electronic On-Board Recording Device) downloads.
- Examine interstate truck tire tread depths.
- Examine interstate truck brake parts.
MIAMI TRUCK ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Well over 50,000 automobile and truck accidents occur every year in Miami. With that number sometimes rising well over 60,000, truck accidents pose a real threat to drivers. A serious accident can cause life-threatening injuries or death, and you deserve legal representation that can fight for you.
CAN I SUE A TRUCKING COMPANY FOR AN ACCIDENT?
The short answer is yes, you can sue a trucking company for an accident in which they were liable. You will need to hire a skilled personal injury attorney to help you determine the merits of your case and prove fault to collect compensation for any injuries.
WHAT TYPE OF INJURIES QUALIFY FOR COMPENSATION IN A FLORIDA TRUCK ACCIDENT?
Death, catastrophic injuries, and even minor injuries all qualify for compensation in Florida trucking accidents. If you were injured in any way by a truck through no fault of your own, contact the personal injury attorneys at Neufeld Law Firm.
WHERE DO MOST TRUCK ACCIDENTS HAPPEN IN MIAMI?
Most truck accidents happen on the open road. You have to be especially careful on the highway, interstate, or any stretch of road that has few traffic lights or stops. Trucks—and other vehicles commonly speed on long stretches of roadway.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SETTLEMENT AMOUNT FOR A MIAMI TRUCK ACCIDENT?
The average settlement amount for a Miami truck accident depends entirely on the circumstances around the crash. While damages for catastrophic injury or death cases can easily range in the millions, minor injuries may result in tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SETTLE A TRUCKING ACCIDENT CASE IN FLORIDA?
This depends on whether your case goes to court or is settled in mediation. A Florida trucking accident can take anywhere from several months to over a year.
WHAT MAKES NEUFELD LAW FIRM THE BEST MIAMI TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS?
The personal injury lawyers at Neufeld Law Firm have over 90 years of combined experience working in South Florida and throughout the state. We are aggressive, work diligently to understand our clients’ needs, and have a proven track record of success.
If you have questions regarding trucking accidents, we encourage you to contact our firm at your earliest convenience. All cases are accepted on a contingency fee basis, and we offer evening and weekend appointments to work with your schedule. Services are offered in English, Spanish, and Creole.