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Truck accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries. If you or someone close to you has been injured in an accident caused by a negligent truck driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami truck accident attorneys understand the stress and confusion you may be experiencing, which is why we will handle your case with the utmost compassion.truck

A traffic accident left a truck partially dangling over a Gulf Coast bridge when the driver crashed through a concrete guardrail and caused major traffic delays on one of Florida’s busiest highways. The crash, which occurred last month, left the cab of the truck dangling over the Trooper J.D. Young Bridge on northbound Interstate 75 north of Sarasota for about two hours, essentially blocking all northbound lanes of the highway.

According to one news source, the 49-year-old driver was driving his truck down the highway normally until a car suddenly switched lanes in front of him. In an effort to not hit the car, the driver lost control of the semi-truck and crashed through the bridge’s railing. Fortunately, he was able to get out of the car safely, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

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truck accidentTruck accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries and even death. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a truck accident caused by a truck driver’s negligence, our seasoned Miami truck accident attorneys can help you make a claim for compensation. At our Law Offices, we are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for the harm they cause.

Distracted driving occurs when the driver engages in any conduct that takes the driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Distracted driving continues to be a huge problem in Florida and across the United States. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that as many 40,000 people died in automobile accident crashes in 2016. That is a 6 percent increase over 2015 and a 15 percent increase over 2014, the most dramatic year escalation in 53 years. The NSC estimates that 25 percent of all crashes involve some type of cell phone use. Alarmingly, a new AAA study finds that more than half of millennial-aged drivers are aware of their dangerous driving habits but think they are acceptable.

Last week, a driver dropped his cellphone and was allegedly bending over to pick it up when his truck hit a 9-year-old girl and woman who were riding horses in Southwest Ranches. The two riders were crossing the road on their horses at the time of the accident and, sadly, both were ejected from their horses upon impact. After the crash, a pink riding helmet and two dead horses lay on the rural road. The young girl was airlifted the hospital and the girl’s guide was also taken to the hospital. Both riders suffered possible life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision.

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dump-truckStrict deadlines placed on dump truck drivers often cause drivers to speed and engage in other dangerous behaviors. If you or your loved one has been injured or killed in a dump truck accident that was not your fault, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami truck accident attorney who can help. At our Law Offices, we are committed to helping South Florida clients obtain the compensation they need to move on with their lives.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly accident that occurred in Southwest Miami-Dade last week. Troopers say a dump truck was attempting to make a left turn into a concrete plant when it collided with a rental car, which burst into flames. Sadly, the 30-year-old driver was burned to death and died at the scene of the accident. He was driving a Dodge Charger at the time. The collision is being investigated to determine if speed was a factor.

A dump truck refers to a truck with a body that tilts or opens at the back for unloading. These trucks are typically used for transporting loose material such as sand, gravel or demolition waste for construction. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, dump and cement truck accidents caused the second most injuries and deaths among all large commercial vehicle crashes in 2015. Given the weight and ungainly distribution of mass, dump trucks can be prone to rollovers, which may lead to serious accidents and injuries. Other causes of dump truck accidents include, but are not limited to:

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Truck accidents can have devastating consequences for everyone involved. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a crash caused by a truck driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami truck accident attorneys can analyze the facts of your case and help you understand your legal rights and options. With years of experience, we understand how to navigate these types of cases.

Last month, on Thanksgiving morning, a truck crash sent pigs wandering on I-95 in St. Johns County when a semi-trailer carrying them collided with another truck. Upon impact, the truck carrying the pigs overturned, causing the animals to escape onto the shoulder of the highway. The second truck continued down the right side of the highway for approximately 1,000 feet before it partially rolled over as well. The accident took place just before 4 a.m. in a muddy area, which was made worse by rainfall. Miraculously, no one was injured in the accident, but the Florida Highway Patrol warned drivers to use extra care on the highway, due to the possibility of loose livestock. This is not the first time that pigs or other livestock have been left wandering the streets after an accident, and, unfortunately, it probably will not be the last.

Unfortunately, truck accidents are more common than you may think. In 2015, a total of 3,852 people were killed in large truck crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. About 16 percent of these deaths were truck occupants; 69 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles; and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists.

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Legal News GavelIf you have been injured in a dump truck accident, you may have suffered serious injuries for which you may be able to receive compensation. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami truck accident attorney can review your case and prepare all of the documents needed to move you through the legal process. We understand this is a stressful time in your life, which is why we will try to make the process as seamless as possible for you.

Earlier this month, a 20-year-old man was fatally struck in Tampa after he walked in front of a dump truck. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, a dump truck was about to turn left on a green left turn arrow. As the truck was approaching the intersection, the pedestrian attempted to cross the street but was not within a crosswalk. As he stepped onto the street, he was hit by the truck and died at the scene of the accident. An investigation into the accident is ongoing.

A dump truck refers to a truck with a body that tilts or opens at the back for unloading. These trucks are typically used for transporting loose material, such as sand, gravel, or demolition waste, for construction. Due to the size, shape, and weight (weighing up to 60,000 pounds) of dump trucks, these vehicles pose distinct hazards to others on the road. Additionally, dump trucks have a higher center of gravity, putting them at a higher risk of tipping over. According to one survey of over 22,000 trucks involving fatality accidents, dump trucks have the highest fatality rate of any type of commercial truck. In fact, per 100 million miles traveled (MMT), these trucks had 5.96 fatalities.

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Legal News GavelIf your child has been injured in a school bus accident, it is imperative to speak to an experienced Miami motor vehicle collision attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we can investigate the accident and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. You can rest assured that we are committed to pursuing the compensation you deserve for your harm.

Earlier this month, a school bus in Highlands County flipped on its side after a crash with a semi truck, which smashed into pieces. Fortunately, all 39 of the students on the bus made it out of the accident alive, although at least 22 people were taken to the hospital following the wreck. The school bus was traveling north on US 27 in the right lane just before 8 a.m., and the tractor-trailer was traveling north on US 27 in the right lane as well, some distance behind the bus. At one point, the bus came to a stop at Lake Ridge Drive to permit students to load the bus. Even though the bus had its flashing lights on, warning other drivers that it was stopped, the truck failed to stop in time and hit the bus.

A number of parties may be liable for a bus accident. In the case at hand, the truck driver who hit the bus would likely be considered negligent and be liable for the crash and any resulting injuries. Negligence occurs when an injury or death occurs due to a person or entity’s failure to use reasonable care. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would act in the same or similar circumstances. Here, a truck driver using reasonable care would have been more vigilant in maintaining a reasonable speed and braking distance and thus would have been able to come to a complete stop when the bus stopped. It is important to note that under Florida law, in some cases, the truck driver’s employer may be liable for the truck driver’s negligence as well.

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Legal News GavelTruck accidents can have devastating consequences for people in the smaller vehicle involved. If you or your loved one was injured in an underride accident, it is imperative to seek the help of a Miami truck accident attorney without delay. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we can help you hold negligent parties accountable and recover the compensation you deserve for your harm. For years, we have vigorously advocated for South Florida victims and can do the same for you.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 400 people die each year due to underride accidents. The NHTSA further estimates that more than 5,000 occupants of passenger vehicles sustain severe injuries in these types of crashes on an annual basis.

Underride accidents typically occur when a passenger vehicle collides with a truck and runs under it. Even at relatively low speeds, these accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death to drivers and passengers in the car. There are two types of truck underride accidents that may happen:  side underride collisions and rear underride collisions. A side underride collision happens when a passenger car slams into the side of a truck and then slides under it. A rear underride collision occurs when a passenger vehicle runs under the rear of a truck or semi-trailer.

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If you have been injured in a truck accident due to brake failure, we can help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami injury attorneys have the skill, dedication, and experience to handle your case. We understand how complex these cases are, which is why we will examine the facts of your case to determine the cause of the brake failure and the resulting crash. You can trust that we will advocate for your rights at every step of the way.

According to a recent study by the Department of Transportation (DOT), approximately 30 percent of all commercial truck accidents involve brake failure. Trucks must be regularly inspected and maintained to make sure the brakes are in proper working order. In fact, federal law mandates that truckers know about the condition of their brakes. Some of the most common issues that lead to brake failure in trucks include overheated brakes, worn tires, brakes suffused with oil and grease, or overly thin brake pads.

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Legal News GavelUnfortunately, many people throughout Florida and the United States engage in distracted driving every year by using their cellphones when they are behind the wheel. Despite texting and driving being illegal in the state of Florida, it continues to be a huge problem throughout the state. If you or someone you know has been hurt in an automobile accident, an experienced Miami injury lawyer can help assess the merits of your case and inform you of your options.

When a cell phone is the potential cause of an accident, it is common for parties to request cell phone records. In Antico v. Sindt Trucking, Inc., the court addressed the question of when a party asks to examine the content of the phone.

The facts of the case are as follows. The case was a wrongful death action brought by the widower and personal representative of the estate of a woman who was killed in a truck accident. The defendants alleged that the decedent was partially at fault because she was on her iPhone at the time of the accident. The plaintiffs objected, using privacy rights under the state constitution as the basis for their objection. Continue reading →

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Legal News GavelIn a car accident, you are much more likely to be injured if you are not wearing a seat belt. This is precisely why Florida has mandatory seat belt laws. Seat belt laws apply to all automobiles including pickup trucks and vans on the road. All passengers in the front seat must wear a seat belt and all passengers under 18 must wear a seat belt. In Florida, there are legal consequences for not wearing a seat belt.

When an individual is driving without a seatbelt, they increase their risk of injury in case of an accident. Florida law follows the doctrine of comparative negligence which means if you contribute to the accident then the amount you would otherwise recover in damages may be reduced in proportion to your fault. For example, if you are deemed 20 percent responsible for the accident then your maximum recovery will be 80 percent of the total damages. Comparative negligence states aim to hold each party responsible in relation to their fault, no more, no less.

If you’ve been in a collision and there is evidence that you were not wearing your seat belt at the time, then the defendant or the insurance company can point to the fact that your injuries were at least partially your fault. In other words, the defendant can use the seat belt defense to lessen their own responsibility. In Ridley v. Safety Kleen Corporation, the Florida Supreme Court held that the failure to use a seat belt “would henceforth be raised by an affirmative defense of comparative negligence.” Continue reading →