If you have been injured or a loved one killed in a collision with a truck, you need to understand how the law in Florida applies to you. At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our attorneys have been representing truck accident victims since 1997. We’ve dedicated our careers to helping those who have been harmed and, in more than 32,000 cases, we have fought for the rights of victims to be compensated for accident losses.
Florida law allows you to recover monetary compensation after a truck accident, provided you can prove that the truck driver or another third party was to blame for causing the collision. Since Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data show that about one-third of all truck accidents are caused by driver-related factors, there is good reason to speak with a Fort Lauderdale truck accident attorney to determine if you have a case. While every case is different, you could be entitled to significant monetary damages. Give us a call and schedule a free consultation today to learn more.
Truck drivers are obligated to comply with rules set forth by the state of Florida and by the FMCSA. This includes general safety rules like obeying the speed limit, as well as rules specific to truck drivers such as hours-of-service regulations limiting the amount of time the driver can operate the truck before taking a rest. Truck drivers also need to exercise reasonable care whenever they are driving, which means they need to exhibit at least as much skill as an average reasonable driver would in the same situation.
Whenever a truck driver breaks the rules or is unreasonably careless, you have the right to make an injury claim. A claim will allow you to obtain compensation for:
You have the legal burden of proving that the truck driver was negligent or broke safety rules, and you must demonstrate that the driver’s actions were the direct cause of injury. A Fort Lauderdale truck accident lawyer can assist in gathering evidence, filing a lawsuit and proving a claim.
Truck accident claims can be made not just against the person who was driving the truck, but also against others who may have been responsible for the collision. This could include the company that employed the truck driver, as the employer is liable both for its own negligence and for the acts of its employees. If there was a defect in the truck or in the road, the entity responsible for design or maintenance could also be held accountable and made to compensate truck accident victims.
A Fort Lauderdale truck accident attorney can assist you in determining who you should make a claim against to maximize your compensation. Your case will then be resolved either through negotiating an out-of-court settlement with the insurance company of the responsible party or through litigation in which you prove your claim and a jury decides damages.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our legal team has decades of experience helping truck accident victims to get full and fair compensation for all harm they experience as a result of collisions. Schedule a free consultation today and learn how we can help you.