A collision with a truck, tractor-trailer or other large vehicle can have devastating outcomes for everyone involved. If you were involved in a truck accident, you need to consult a trusted Miami truck accident attorney immediately. We understand the difficulties you face following a truck accident, and you can trust that we will do everything in our power to resolve your case as quickly and efficiently as possible.
A Miami man was recently killed when the box truck he was traveling in as a passenger rear-ended a tractor-trailer on I-75 in Marion County. The driver of the box truck was rushed to the hospital and is in stable condition. The accident, which took place in the early afternoon, caused the highway to be shut down for hours. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the semi truck was in the middle lane and had to slow down. However, the box truck failed to slow down and slammed into the back of the semi’s empty trailer, damaging the vehicle’s doors and crushing the front of the box truck.
All drivers on the road have a duty to drive in a safe manner. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Distracted driving;
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Improper lane change;
- Following too closely;
- Aggressive driving;
- Unsecured cargo; and/or
- Adverse weather conditions.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crash caused by a large truck, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of your next steps. Fortunately, Florida law allows victims of truck accidents to seek compensation through personal injury claims. The vast majority of these claims are based on negligence. Negligence occurs when a person fails to use reasonable care behind the wheel, thereby causing an accident. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would have acted under the same or similar circumstances. In order to prove negligence, you must establish the following: i) the truck driver owed the plaintiff a duty of care; ii) the truck driver breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff; and iii) the defendant’s breach was a direct cause of the crash and resulting harm.
It is important to note that a truck accident can have several contributing factors and multiple at-fault parties. In some cases, the trucking company itself, the manufacturer of a certain part or even the company handling the truck’s maintenance could be held accountable for the accident and resulting harm.
If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned and hard-working Miami truck accident attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of our South Florida clients every step of the way. You can rest assured that we have the knowledge and resources needed to handle your case. For a free case evaluation, please call us today at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online.