The chances of a trucking company or insurance company taking care of you after a truck accident are low. You have to look out for yourself and take legal action to pursue the compensation owed to you. To make that process simpler and less stressful, team up with Zimmerman & Frachtman. Our truck accident attorneys in Florida offer outstanding legal representation to injured motorists and pedestrians in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Coral Springs, and everywhere in between.
Why Do I Need a Truck Accident Lawyer in Florida?
If you've been injured in a trucking accident in Florida, you will first pursue compensation through your own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy. Unfortunately, PIP coverage is often not enough to cover the serious injuries and other losses sustained in a truck accident. That's because commercial vehicles like semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and tractor-trailers cause way more damage than passenger vehicles due to their huge size and immense weight.
When you've reached the limit of your PIP policy, you may be able to pursue additional compensation from the at-fault driver through a personal injury lawsuit. However, by the time you realize you need to file a lawsuit, it may be too late to preserve necessary evidence that proves your claim.
To ensure the best possible outcome of your case, it's imperative to hire an experienced attorney as soon as possible to help you with:
- Submitting an error-free claim and meeting important deadlines
- Collecting essential evidence such as video footage, truck logs, and medical records
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit against all liable parties (truck driver, trucking company, truck parts manufacturer)
- Negotiating a settlement with the at-fault party's insurance provider
- Taking your case to trial if a favorable settlement cannot be reached
Don't wait until any longer to hire an experienced truck accident lawyer in Florida. Zimmerman & Frachtman, P.A. has the skill and resources you need to take on big trucking companies and their insurance providers and recover the compensation you deserve.
Types of Truck Accidents We Handle
At Zimmerman & Frachtman, we are proud to be able to say that our team of Florida truck accident lawyers is able to manage all sorts of cases. No matter what type of accident you were in, we have the knowledge and experience required to handle your claim. We will aim to secure a fair and maximized settlement as soon as possible, so you can move on with your life and put this ordeal behind you.
To name some of the truck accident cases we can work on:
- Overweight trucks: Commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. When a truck is loaded beyond this limit, it will take much longer to come to a complete stop and generally be more difficult to steer safely.
- Speeding trucks: Truck drivers who want to complete a route quicker will be tempted to break the speed limit, which is often lower for their trucks. Speeding in a big rig is extremely dangerous and will dramatically increase the time it needs to bring the vehicle to a safe stop.
- Tractor-trailer accidents: A tractor-trailer is a specific type of commercial truck that is comprised of a tractor or cab hauling a trailer. The accidents involving these specific truck designs require a deliberate, knowledgeable approach.
- Truck driver fatigue: In the average shift, a truck driver can work for 14 hours. At about the 8th hour, fatigue begins to set in, which makes them far more likely to crash into another motorist.
- U-Haul accidents: People who rent U-Haul trucks are not given any sort of training course to ensure they know how to safely operate the vehicle. Let us know if you got hit by someone who rented a U-Haul and did not know how to drive it.
- Jackknife accidents: If the trailer behind a tractor swings outward and forward in a crash so that it comes to rest next to or in front of the cab, it is called a jackknife accident. This type of accident endangers drivers in all lanes of a highway.
- Distracted truck drivers: Looking away from the road for even a few seconds is irresponsible, especially for a truck driver who has to safely operate an enormous vehicle. Yet many truckers will distract themselves with tablets, smartphones, and other devices while driving.
- Tire blowouts: 18-wheelers need all 18 of those wheels to carry the weight of the vehicle safely. If a tire blows up suddenly, then the truck driver can instantly lose control and cause a horrible crash.
- DUI truck accidents: Drunk drivers are dangerous. Drunk truck drivers are extremely dangerous. Truckers who are bored with their routines sometimes drink and drive because they no longer pay attention to what is right and safe while on the job.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
The cause of your truck accident will be one of the focal points of your claim and our investigation. We have to prove that the truck driver did something wrong to cause the crash, which will make them liable for your damages. To figure out what they did wrong, we need to begin with the underlying cause.
Four common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver error: Many truck accidents are caused by human error, just like car accidents. From overcorrecting and speeding to driving while texting, what might seem like a small mistake can create life-changing consequences in a second.
- Equipment malfunction: Broken or defective truck parts can be the cause of truck accidents, especially when a part fails without warning. Routine maintenance is a must to reduce the chances of a dangerous equipment malfunction.
- Incorrect cargo loading: Placing cargo into or onto a trailer incorrectly can be the direct cause of a truck accident later. For example, a top-heavy trailer can tip over when the truck driver rounds a tight corner or needs to make a sudden lane change.
- Inclement weather: Rough weather can contribute to a truck accident, such as torrential rain that is so common throughout Florida. Truck drivers need to drive safer than usual in bad weather or just delay their route entirely.
Determining Fault in a Truck Accident Case
Knowing what caused your truck accident is different from knowing how to prove it. Our Florida trucking accident attorneys can work diligently to uncover evidence that shows without a doubt that you did nothing wrong. In some cases, we will work with outside experts like engineers and accident reconstruction professionals.
Evidence that can be used to prove the fault for your truck accident includes:
- Dashcam footage
- Emergency responder reports
- Trucking company records
- Truck “black box” data
Florida Statute of Limitations for Truck Accidents
Florida gives you four years to file an injury claim after being in a truck accident. Even though this statute of limitations is one of the longest in the country, do not plan on using all four years’ time. The longer you wait to file a claim, the less information you will remember about your case, which makes creating an effective claim more difficult. Please act quickly to learn more about your legal options by dialing (954) 504-6577 today.
Consult Our Team Today for Legal Assistance
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident while driving the roads of Florida, our attorneys are the first people you should call for comprehensive and compassionate legal assistance. It is our passion to provide the wrongfully injured people in our state with outstanding services that make pursuing compensation simple. It might never be fun to deal with a truck accident claim, but we believe it should at least be stress-free.
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