Truck accidents are usually nothing short of devastating. Trucks are huge and they weigh a massive amount, so it’s a foregone conclusion that anything with which they collide on the roadway is going to suffer extensive damage. Unfortunately, that’s sometimes the occupants in a passenger vehicle or even a pedestrian on the street. Sadly, most big truck accidents don’t have to happen at all but are a result of truck operator error or recklessness. Those involved in accidents with big rigs, semi-trailers and tractor trailers seldom walk away unscathed; many end up with life-altering injuries that they must deal with for months, years, or even for life, including spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injuries.
If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, chances are good that you have a lot of questions about how to proceed with a claim against the at-fault party in your case. The complexities involved in filing a claim against not just one but potentially several defendants can be overwhelming to say the least. The Weston truck accident attorneys at the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman have extensive experience helping accident victims just like you recoup the damages you have suffered due to the negligence of others on the road. Our attorney focus on getting you the financial compensation you deserve while you put your efforts on recovering from your injuries.
Main Causes of Truck Accidents
Most big truck accidents are preventable; they result from either the negligence and actions of the operator or a series of circumstances that may involve more than one defendant in a truck accident claim. Among the frustration and confusion of dealing with a truck accident claim is identifying who is liable. Those shouldering liability range from the owner/operator of the truck to other drivers on the road, the manufacturer of the truck, a parts manufacturer, the entity who services the truck, or even the government agency responsible for upkeep of the road where the accident occurred.
Although a myriad of things can cause a truck accident, some of the top offenders include:
- Distraction or inattention of the operator
- Sleepy or tired operator
- Impairment by drugs or alcohol
- Lack of proper truck maintenance
- Defects in the truck’s build and manufacture
- Violations in the operator’s hours of service limitation
- Disregard for standard safety rules
- Overloaded trucks
- Trucks with imbalanced cargo
- Over-the-limit weight violations
Damages For Injured Parties
Collecting compensation for your injuries can help you put your life back together following a serious truck accident. Most claims seek damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. If you suffer a disability or permanent disfigurement as a result of your injuries during a truck accident, your award will be enhanced and may cover damages such as your diminished capacity to earn a living, loss of consortium, and other damages.
In Florida, accident victims have a limited amount of time to file a claim after becoming injured. The Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman and our Weston truck accident attorneys are happy to meet with you to discuss the merits of your case and help you plot the best course forward. Schedule your no-cost case review today.