Dump Truck Accidents
On Florida roadways, dump trucks are a common sight. These vehicles are vital to ensuring that construction projects and other industrial activities happen in an efficient manner. They often carry materials to and from construction sites, including sand, asphalt, and more. When they are fully loaded, these vehicles may weigh as much as 65,000 pounds. If the operator does not have proper training on how to safely maneuver such a large and powerful vehicle, or if they fail to do so with care, other motorists and pedestrians may suffer serious injuries or even fatalities. At the Law Office of Adam Baron, our Naples truck accident attorneys have assisted many victims with seeking compensation after a dump truck crash.Hold a Careless Driver or Trucking Company Liable for a Dump Truck Accident
To obtain compensation after a dump truck accident, a victim may bring a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. The plaintiff may also want to include the trucking company or the truck manufacturer as defendants, depending on the nature and cause of the crash. Under Florida law, employers may be held vicariously liable for the negligent acts that their employees commit if they happened during the course and scope of employment.
In a personal injury case, the plaintiff must first show that the defendant owed them a duty of care. Since dump truck drivers are commercial drivers, Florida law holds them to a higher standard of care. In general, this standard requires them to act in the same way that a prudent, properly trained dump truck driver would act when faced with a similar situation. This standard takes into account all of the training that the drivers must complete before getting behind the wheel, as well as applicable traffic rules and regulations. Some dump trucks are more difficult to operate than others, and in some situations, drivers may be under pressure to complete their tasks as efficiently as possible. However, regulations prohibit drivers from being on the clock for more than 14 hours at a time, among other restrictions on their time behind the wheel.
Also, the plaintiff will need to show that the defendant’s lack of due care was the cause of their injuries. Dump truck accidents may result in devastating consequences, including broken bones, back injuries, and head trauma that may lead to permanent cognitive disabilities. In some unfortunate instances, truck accidents may even result in fatalities. In the event that a victim loses their life as a result of an accident, the surviving family members may bring a wrongful death action to pursue compensation for related expenses and damages.Explore Your Legal Options with a Truck Accident Attorney in Naples
At the Law Office of Adam Baron, we proudly assist injured South Florida residents with seeking the compensation that they deserve after a dump truck accident. Our Naples truck accident lawyers have counseled victims throughout the region, including in Tamarac, Fort Myers, Coral Springs, North Miami Beach, and other cities in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Contact us online or call us at one of our regional office locations to set up a free appointment with a motor vehicle collision lawyer. You can call us in Broward County at (954) 247-4878, in Miami-Dade County at (305) 770-2131, or in Naples/Fort Myers at (239) 352-5511.