Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Attorney
Helping You Find Justice After a Semi-Truck Collision
Because semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are capable of causing significant property damage and injuries, commercial trucking companies and their drivers must follow very strict federal guidelines when it comes to the operation and maintenance of their vehicles. Unfortunately, many companies or drivers cut corners, which can result in innocent victims suffering severe injuries or losing their lives in preventable accidents.
Work With Our Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers
Accident victims can hold trucking companies accountable for unlawful or negligent behaviors by filing an injury lawsuit. With the help of our skilled truck accident lawyers, you can request compensation for damages including medical bills, lost wages, and the lasting effects of your injuries. Fighting big trucking companies is not always easy, but you deserve justice. Our team is prepared to take on serious cases like yours. We give every client our full attention and dedication.
If you were the victim of a truck accident in or near Fort Lauderdale, contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. for a free consultation. Our lawyers are available 24/7 at (888) 499-6206.
What Are the Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
Truck drivers are liable to engage in the same dangerous behavior as any motorist. They might speed, deny the right of way, or drive while distracted. However, because of the size and construction of their vehicles, there are also unique dangers associated with truck accidents.
For example, a trucker who hits the brakes too hard may cause a jackknife accident, since their trailer may pivot on its hitch and swing forward, trapping smaller vehicles between it and the cab and presenting a barrier across the roadway. Similarly, 18-wheelers are especially prone to rollovers when a driver rounds a corner or makes a turn at too great a speed, or continues their route through strong crosswinds.
We can assist with all types of truck accidents, including:
Our attorneys have the skill and experience to investigate your truck accident and find evidence of fault. We can also build a compelling case and negotiate with insurers—or present it to a judge and jury—on your behalf. To increase your chances of a successful truck accident claim, work with a team that has experience helping injury victims in your position.
Mechanical Error and Truck Accidents
A single semi-truck travels about 45,000 miles each year, meaning a solid make and regular maintenance are necessary to avoid dangerous malfunctions. When any company or individual fails to meet these demands, road users are put in danger.
When truck accidents are caused by broken or malfunctioning parts, anyone injured may be able to bring a claim against:
- The manufacturer that made the part or
- A company that failed to maintain its truck
Proving truck defects can be difficult, requiring the work of skilled engineers and automotive experts. However, providing sufficient evidence may be necessary to your case. Our firm has access to experts in many professional fields and can gather a skilled team to support your case if needed.
Florida Truck Accident Statistics
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were nearly 165,000 truck accidents that resulted in injury or fatalities in 2019 (the last year for which full data is currently available).
- Florida was home to almost 8,600 of these accidents, or 5%.
- Nationwide, almost 5,000 individuals died in truck accidents—most of them drivers or passengers in other (non-heavy-truck) vehicles.
- Our state saw311 fatalities and 4,444 injuries from truck accidents in 2019. This means thousands of families saw their lives changed forever due to driver negligence.
- According to the FMCSA's Large Truck Crash Causation Study, 87% of all truck accidents are caused by driver error, and 10% are the result of problems with the vehicle.
Winning Your Truck Accident Claim
Proving your truck accident claim depends on being able to demonstrate that another party was responsible for causing the accident. There are many ways you may be able to do this.
For instance, the trucker may have been cited for committing a traffic violation, or perhaps witness accounts may establish the trucker’s fault. The crash scene and types of damage to the vehicles involved can help experts reconstruct the accident, demonstrating liability.
An investigation of the trucker’s records may demonstrate they were driving while fatigued, in violation of the FMCSA's hours of service regulations, or that the truck did not receive the required equipment inspections and maintenance. An investigation of the truck itself may show the failure of a key part caused the driver to lose control.
Importantly, you must also demonstrate you were not at fault, or the defendant may be able to reduce the amount of your final settlement. Our attorneys can help you gather evidence and build a case that makes these points.
Our Attorneys Are Here to Help
Because of their enormous size, semi-truck drivers may have a hard time maneuvering their vehicles in emergencies. It can also be difficult for big truck drivers to see other smaller cars on the road. However, this only means they must be more careful to avoid accidents. When truckers act negligently and injure others, we are here to help the victims find justice.
Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. is a local, family-owned firm that puts client experience above all else. We offer genuine and compassionate advice and go the extra mile to ensure you are taken care of. Dealing with the aftermath of a serious accident is incredibly taxing—and we can help decrease your worries by taking care of your insurance claim. If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we invite you to reach out to see what we can do for you.
Contact us now at (888) 499-6206 for a free consultation with one of our truck accident attorneys. Our family wants to help yours win fair compensation for your injuries.