Pick up truck accidents, like other accidents, can have serious and long-term consequences for everyone involved. If you or someone close to you was injured in an accident involving a pick up truck, our seasoned Miami injury attorneys can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are well-versed in investigating truck accidents, collecting evidence, and building a strong case to try to hold the negligent party accountable for the harm that they caused. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns at every step of the way.
A pick up truck is a light duty truck having an enclosed cab and an open body with low sides and tailgates. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pick up truck occupant fatalities in the United States increased by 200 in 2015, a 4.7 percent increase from the prior year. The NHTSA also reports that in 2015, there were 1,900 alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes involving pick up trucks. Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Distracted driving;
- Drug or alcohol intoxication;
- Poorly maintained brakes;
- Running off the road; or
- Drowsy driving.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a pick up truck, you can likely recover compensation for your harm from the at-fault party through a negligence claim. A person is negligent when he or she has behaved in a way that deviates from the manner in which a reasonably prudent person would have acted in the same or similar circumstances. It is not enough to show that the person acted in a manner unlike a reasonably prudent person, however. You must also show that the failure to act reasonably was a direct cause of your resulting injuries. For example, if a pick up truck runs a stop sign and causes an accident, that driver will likely be liable for any resulting harm because a reasonably prudent truck driver would understand the risks associated with such behavior.
A pick up truck is heavier than an average car. Thus, when a pick up truck collides with a standard-size vehicle, the consequences can be devastating for the driver and passengers of the smaller vehicle. Fortunately, Florida law allows victims of automobile accidents to recover compensation, such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost income, property damage, and more. Of course, the exact amount of compensation will depend on the nature and extent of the damages.
The aftermath of an accident can be extremely stressful, but you don’t have to face the situation alone. If you or someone you love has been a victim of a small truck accident or a pick up truck accident, it is important to reach out to a reputable Miami truck accident attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we are committed to helping our clients pursue the maximum amount of compensation possible in their case. We proudly take on clients from across South Florida. To discuss your case in more detail, do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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