Fatal Truck Accidents
Losing a loved one due to a motor vehicle accident is one of the most traumatic and life-changing events that can happen to someone. Although no amount of monetary compensation can ever truly make your family whole again after such a tragic loss, it can help you manage the financial expenses associated with the accident and the burial of your loved one. Large trucks are involved in fatal accidents frequently, due in part to the massive size and weight of these vehicles. A fatal truck accident can occur for a variety of reasons, including lack of driver training, poorly maintained equipment, or a driver’s failure to adhere to applicable rules and regulations. The Naples fatal truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Adam Baron are ready to help your family and you protect your legal rights.Hold a Driver or Trucking Company Responsible for a Fatal Truck Accident
Under Florida law, trucking companies may be vicariously liable for the negligent acts of their employees. This means that if a truck driver engages in careless or reckless behavior while on the job, such as driving while intoxicated, the trucking company may be held responsible for the victim’s injuries and losses. In general, truck drivers and trucking companies owe other motorists a duty to use reasonable care in the operation and maintenance of these vehicles, as well as other matters like developing and adhering to training policies.
Due to the safety risks that trucks pose, the federal government has enacted a host of regulations that also shape this duty. For example, these include timelines for completing required inspections and requirements regarding the amount of classroom-based and behind-the-wheel training that a driver must complete before he or she can operate a truck independently. If a driver or trucking company violates one of these regulations or another law at the time of the accident, this is strong evidence of negligence.
After proving that the trucking company, the driver, or both were negligent, the plaintiff must show that this negligence was the ultimate cause of the victim’s death. Also, the plaintiff must be able to identify reasonably quantifiable damages that arose from the fatal accident.
According to Florida Statutes Section 768.21, any surviving heirs of the victim are allowed to bring a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for the loss of their loved one’s companionship, love, and support. Types of damages that may be recoverable under this statute also include burial and funeral expenses, medical bills incurred before the victim’s passing, and non-economic damages reflecting the victim’s pain and suffering.Consult an Experienced Fatal Truck Accident Lawyer in Naples
At the Law Offices of Adam Baron, we understand how painful it can be to lose a loved one unexpectedly in a truck accident. Our Naples fatal truck accident attorneys can help your family seek the justice that you deserve and ensure that your rights are fully asserted during this difficult time. Compassionately serving bereaved families in Coral Springs, Fort Myers, Tamarac, Naples, North Miami Beach, and other areas in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, we offer a free consultation to help you learn about the legal options that may be available to you. 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. You can also contact us online to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney.