Plantation, FL, Truck Accident Attorney
Who can be held responsible for my truck accident?
- Trucking company
- Truck driver
- Truck or parts manufacturer
- Government entity responsible for road design, construction, or maintenance
- Weigh station or weigh station personnel
- Other drivers
What kind of injuries can large truck accidents cause?
The massive size and power of large commercial trucks means that trucking accidents commonly result in very serious injuries. But it is not just the size that causes injury. The type of cargo that the truck is hauling can also make a big difference in the types of injuries sustained in the accident. An accident involving a truck hauling flammable materials can cause a fire leading to severe burns. A hazardous materials spill can lead to chemical burns and/or exposure to toxic fumes. Truck accident injuries can include:
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Back injury
- Severe burns
- Lung damage
- Crush injuries
- Vision loss
- Broken bones and fractures
- Internal injuries
Why do I need a truck accident attorney?
Truck accident cases are much more complex than regular auto accident cases. The trucking industry is highly regulated. Your truck accident attorney has to have an in-depth understanding of federal and state trucking laws to even begin a proper investigation of your accident and the underlying causes. Trucking companies and truck drivers are required to keep extensive records, and these records can yield the bulk of the evidence in your case, but your attorney has to know which records to request, how to interpret them, and how they work together to paint the full picture of how and why your accident occurred, and therefore, who was responsible.
My accident was obviously the truck driver’s fault and I don’t think he can pay. Is my case even worth pursuing?
Yes. In most cases responsibility will ultimately fall on the trucking company, even if the truck driver caused the accident. Many common causes of truck accidents can be traced back to the underlying cause of unrealistic schedules imposed on truck drivers by trucking companies. Trucking companies also have very specific responsibilities when it comes to hiring their drivers, putting them behind the wheel, and monitoring them.
Some accidents that appear to be caused by driver error or negligence are actually caused by defective or poorly maintained trucks or equipment. Others are caused by defective roadways.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, call Plantation, FL, truck accident attorneys Fenster & Cohen, P.A. by calling (954) 473-1500 or toll-free at (877) 845-8989 or contact us online. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.