Dump truck accidents, like any other type of accident, can change your life in an instant. With cargo inside, dump trucks can weigh over 50 tons and can be incredibly dangerous especially when moving at high speeds. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you must contact our seasoned Miami truck accident lawyers right away. We understand the unique challenges these cases bring up, which can be the difference between winning and losing in your case.
Two people died in an Osceola County accident earlier this week after a dump truck jumped a median on US Highway 192 and entered the lane with oncoming traffic. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) recently released the identities of the two killed in the crash. One of the victims was a 19 year-old woman while the other was a 48-year-old man. Tragically, both were found dead at the scene.
The driver of the empty dump truck was a 50-year old who was driving on the highway around 7:00 a.m. when he approached a road. He failed to slow down while approaching and then cut across a raised median and then drove into traffic headed east. The 48-year-old victim was riding a motorcycle and struck the back of the truck. The truck then crashed into a Honda SUV being driven by the 19-year-old woman. The driver of the dump truck was not injured. The case is still being investigated and charges against the driver are pending.
Showing fault after a dump truck accident can be a tricky process. In most truck accidents, the concept of negligence is the main legal theory at play. Negligence occurs when a party fails to use the level of care that a reasonably prudent person would use under the same or similar circumstances, thereby causing an accident and resulting harm. In short, if you have been injured in an accident caused by a dump truck driver, you can likely recover damages through a negligence claim.
It is important to note that, in many cases, you may be able to hold the dump truck driver’s employer accountable for the accident and resulting harm as well. Under the doctrine of Respondeat Superior, which translates to “let the master answer,” an employer can be held responsible for any negligent action of the driver, provided that the action in question took place while the driver was ‘on the job.’ There are many different factors that come into play when determining whether an employer is liable and you can rest assured that we will examine all of them.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a dump truck, it would be wise to speak to a seasoned Miami truck accident attorney who can help. Our firm is experienced in truck accident cases and can protect you from further harm. We are dedicated to getting our South Florida Clients the damages awards they rightfully deserve for their harm. To schedule a free consultation regarding your legal matter, call us today at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online.