Each type of truck poses a distinctive set of dangers to other motorists and pedestrians when it is operated carelessly. An accident involving a flatbed truck typically leads to devastating consequences, especially for people driving standard vehicles. Large trucks weigh substantially more than most cars and are often much longer. In some cases, commercial vehicles weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Thus, if a truck driver is not prepared to operate the flatbed or to handle emergency situations, serious injuries or even an avoidable death may result. If you have been hurt in a flatbed crash, the Naples truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Adam Baron are ready to guide you through the legal process.Establishing Liability for a Flatbed Accident
Although there are many similarities between an ordinary car crash case and a truck accident case, there are also some key differences. In Florida, truck drivers are expected to operate their vehicles with reasonable care, following the federal and state regulations that govern the industry. These regulations cover everything from the hours of training that a driver must undergo before they can drive solo to the frequency with which a trucking company must inspect its trucks for maintenance issues. A company may be held liable if it fails to adequately train its drivers, hires unqualified drivers, or looks the other way when its drivers break the law. Some common examples of negligent behavior by a trucker include driving while intoxicated, texting or talking on the phone while operating a flatbed, or driving while overly fatigued.
Even if the company did not act carelessly in hiring, training, or supervising the driver, it still may be held responsible under the vicarious liability doctrine, which allows a plaintiff to hold a defendant’s employer liable for any careless actions that the defendant committed during the course and scope of their employment. After proving the negligence of the truck driver, the trucking company, or both, the plaintiff will need to show that the accident was a foreseeable result of this negligence. If the victim also contributed to causing the crash, the compensation award may be reduced, but the victim’s claim will not be barred. Damages that are available in these cases usually include medical bills, missed paychecks, property damage, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life, among other examples.Discuss Your Truck Accident Case with a Naples Lawyer
Flatbed accidents may be devastating, often resulting in permanent injuries or even the loss of a loved one. At the Law Offices of Adam Baron, our Naples truck accident attorneys understand how stressful bringing a lawsuit may be in the midst of healing from painful injuries and undergoing medical treatment. We also represent victims in cities such as Coral Springs, Tamarac, North Miami Beach, Fort Myers, and other communities throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Our team of motor vehicle collision lawyers can help you gather the evidence that you need, including the vehicle’s maintenance history and the truck driver’s log book. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call us at one of our three locations. The Law Offices of Adam Baron may be reached in Broward County at (954) 247-4878, in Miami-Dade County at (305) 770-2131, or in Naples/Fort Myers at (239) 352-5511.