In Broward County, trucks are essential for commerce. They deliver goods to stores and businesses across the region and make deliveries to customers, too. Moving trucks, tanker trucks headed for construction sites, and large big rigs delivering shipments to stores are on the roads every day. While most trucks make their deliveries safely, the size of these trucks can lead to disastrous collisions.
If you have been in a collision with an 18-wheeler, big rig, or any commercial truck, you may have sustained serious injuries. A fully loaded tractor trailer can weigh over 80,000 pounds and in a crash with a smaller passenger car, the occupants of the smaller car are at risk of catastrophic injury.
Who is Responsible?
Many parties may play a role in your collision, including:
- The municipality
- The driver of the truck
- The owner of the truck or cargo
- Your car’s manufacturer
- The truck’s manufacturer
Truck collision cases in Broward County can be complex for a few reasons. The trucks themselves may involve many businesses. One company may own the cargo, another may own the truck and lease it, the truck driver may be hired by a different business, and the cargo may be shipped to another party entirely.
There are many factors which may play a role in your collision:
- The truck driver may be reckless or fatigued
- The company hiring the driver may not have done their due diligence in vetting and training the driver
- The municipality where the collision took place may not have maintained streets or signs correctly
- The manufacturer of your car or specific car parts may have been negligent, and faulty parts may have contributed to the collision
- The manufacturer of the truck’s tires, truck, or truck parts may have failed to manufacture or design parts correctly, contributing to the crash
- The company owning the truck or ordering the cargo may have asked for unsafe cargo to be transported, may have requested impossible deadlines, or may have asked for the truck to be overloaded
- The cargo may have been secured incorrectly
After a traffic collision involving a commercial truck, it’s not unusual for parties to blame each other for the crash, making it hard to determine what happened. Truck collision claims attorneys in Broward County work with accident reconstruction professionals and other experts to carefully examine the evidence and determine liability. The true extent of each party’s liability may not be obvious at the collision site or at the time of the crash.
Why Liability Is Important in Your Truck Claim
If you have been injured in your truck collision, you may be seeking compensation to pay for lost income, car repairs, medical costs, and other expenses related to your injuries. Determining liability can improve your chances of filing a successful claim.
Finding all liable parties can also mean you can seek compensation from multiple sources, which can help you get fair compensation to cover all the costs you may face. Remember: any expenses not covered by insurance or your claim will need to come from your own pocket, which can place a financial strain on you while you are also healing from a traumatic collision.
If you have been injured in a car or truck collision in Southern Florida, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a Broward County truck accident claims attorney. Our legal team has more than six decades of experience securing compensation for injured plaintiffs.