Boca Raton Truck Accident Lawyers
Helping Victims of Truck Accidents Recover Compensation
Truck accidents can cause devastating injuries. Because trucks are heavier and larger than passenger vehicles, they generate more force in a collision. This, in turn, leads to more serious injuries. Truck accident victims need to protect their right to be compensated for injuries and losses. At Demand the Limits, our experienced personal injury lawyers have years of experience defending the rights of Boca Raton truck accident victims. Call (561) 600-3555 to schedule a free consultation.
Types of Trucks
There are many types of trucks that can cause a motor vehicle accident. Commercial cargo trucks, moving trucks, semi-trucks, 18 wheelers, garbage trucks, construction vehicles, tractor-trailers, and tanker trucks all pose serious risks to other road users. The larger and heavier a truck is, the more force it generates in a collision. This increases the severity of injuries that a victim will sustain.
The Specific Risk of Tanker Trucks
Tanker trucks are designed to carry liquid cargo. You have probably seen a truck carrying a large metal cylinder on the highway - these are tanker trucks that carry gasoline, milk, or other liquid. This liquid cargo can make it more difficult for a driver to maintain control of the truck. Liquid cargo sloshes, and when thousands of gallons of liquid slosh all at once, this causes the back of the trailer to fishtail across the highway. Truck drivers who carry cargo loads must be prepared to respond to this common scenario. Failure to do so is negligence that can entitle injury victims for compensation.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Like other drivers, truck drivers are more likely to cause an accident if they are distracted, impaired, or speeding. But there are other risks that truck drivers must be prepared to handle on the road - for example, many truck drivers try to squeeze in as many miles as possible and end up driving when they are too tired to do so safely. Poor driver training can also increase the likelihood of having an accident, as can improper maintenance of a truck and its equipment. It is also easier to lose control of a large, heavy vehicle, so truck drivers must be trained on how to maintain control and prevent tipping or sliding. Failure to take reasonable precautions to avoid foreseeable truck problems is negligence, and victims who are injured for these reasons are entitled to compensation.
Construction Zone Accidents
Construction zones are a common location for accidents to occur. Changes in traffic patterns, trucks entering and leaving the work zone, and other chaotic changes can make it difficult for drivers to know where to go. If the driver is speeding, it is even more likely that he or she will be unable to avoid a collision in a work zone. Drivers who negligently fail to adhere to the road rules of work zones (such as reduced speeds) and truck drivers who dangerously enter and exit lanes of traffic can be held accountable for the injuries they cause.
Holding Transportation Companies Liable
Employers are generally liable for any negligence their employees commit while on the job. Some employers try to get around this by designating their employees as "independent contractors," but this does not always work. And vehicle owners are also liable for negligence committed by those who had permission to drive their vehicles. All of these rules mean that transportation companies are almost always legally responsible ("liable") for injuries caused by their negligent truck drivers.
Liability for Manufacturers of Defective Trucks
The United States imposes rules of “strict liability” upon companies that manufacture consumer goods. This means that any company that sells a defective product is liable for all injuries caused by that product - regardless of whether the manufacturer was negligent. In truck accident cases, this rule means that injury victims can sue companies that manufacture defective trucks (or defective systems, such as faulty brakes that do not stop the truck). You must be sure that your truck accident lawyer is experienced with these issues of third party liability, and can properly identify any potential defendant who has a legal obligation to compensate you for your injuries.
Regulation of the Trucking Industry
Commercial drivers in the United States are highly regulated by both the federal Department of Transportation and state laws. Truck drivers must earn and maintain an active commercial driver’s license in good standing. They are subject to federal rules that limit the number of hours a trucker may drive before resting, and how long those rest periods must be. The DOT recently enacted rules that now require all trucks in the United States to be fitted with electronic logs of rest and hours, in order to prevent tampering and ensure the rest requirements are observed.
In a personal injury lawsuit, evidence that these rules were violated is strong proof of negligence. If, for example, the truck driver was driving on a suspended commercial driver's license, or the transportation company knew its drivers were violating hours of service requirement, it would be more likely that a jury would find the truck driver negligent. It is important to work with a truck accident attorney who understands these regulations and knows how to prove violations in order to establish the defendants' negligence.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Truck Accident Attorney in Boca Raton
Don’t fight the insurance company on your own. Let an experienced Boca Raton truck accident lawyer fight for your right to be compensated for your injuries and losses. At Demand the Limits, our experienced attorneys know how to deal with the insurance companies. We fight hard and demand that you receive fair compensation. For years, injury victims have trusted our lawyers to fight for their rights.
Call (561) 600-3555 or visit our website to schedule your free case evaluation. Don’t wait to protect your legal rights. Hire an experienced Boca Raton truck accident lawyer to aggressively defend your right to be fairly compensated for all the injuries and losses you have suffered.