Florida Truck Accident Attorney
Commercial vehicles, semi-trucks, big rigs, or tractor-trailers—it doesn’t matter what you call these oversized vehicles; they are a necessary yet dangerous part of our American lifestyle. We rely on them to transport essential goods across the country and to keep the economy running. Unfortunately, some motor carriers and truckers behave negligently, and this leads to injuries and death. If you or someone you love was hurt in such a wreck, contact a Florida truck accident attorney for representation.
At Capaz Law Firm, we offer free consultations and do not charge any fees unless you win. Call us today at 813-440-2700 to get started.
Negligence Is a Leading Cause of Truck Accidents
Driver negligence is a leading cause of all accidents, but when a commercial truck driver is careless, the consequences can be especially severe. The weight and size of these vehicles make them particularly capable of causing serious injuries and property damage. If you suspect that negligence played a role in your crash, you should speak with a truck accident attorney right away.
For example, truck drivers must take rest periods after driving a specific amount of hours under federal law. Their rest periods also must meet minimum standards. Before they can begin a shift, they must have had a set number of hours off the road. If a truck driver fails to abide by these laws and causes an accident as a result, a Florida truck accident lawyer can likely prove their negligence. This, of course, is just one of countless ways that a trucker’s carelessness can cause a wreck.
The elements of negligence include:
- Duty: One party owes another a duty of care. For example, a truck driver owes other drivers a duty of care to drive the speed limit and regularly inspect and maintain their truck.
- Breach of Duty: For whatever reason, one party breached their duty of care. Maybe the company in charge of loading the truck’s cargo failed to secure it properly, or perhaps the trucking company hired a driver with a history of DUIs.
- Proximate Cause: The one party’s breach of duty was the proximate or direct cause of the victim’s injuries. For instance, a truck driver drove while intoxicated, resulting in an accident that caused the victim to sustain a broken leg and pelvis.
- Damages: The victim has compensable damages such as pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages.
When negotiating a settlement or arguing your case in court, a Florida truck accident attorney will work diligently to prove each of these elements.
How Long Do Truck Accident Cases Take to Resolve?
Most personal injury claimants, including those injured in truck accidents, want to know how long their case will take. Understandably, they want it over as soon as possible so they can move on with their lives.
The duration of a truck accident case depends on many factors, such as the evidence involved, the severity of the victim’s injuries, and if the case settles or goes to court. Your Florida truck accident lawyer can address this question with you when you meet for your free consultation. If your case settles, it may be over within a few months. If not, your case may take a year or two.
Schedule a Consultation with a Florida Truck Accident Attorney
Capaz Law Firm’s seasoned trial attorneys have decades of combined experience in personal legal practice. We know what it takes to win compensation for truck accident victims and their family members. Call our office at 813-440-2700 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today. We charge no fees unless you win your case. Our Florida truck accident lawyers have extensive experience in settlement negotiations and litigation.
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