Large trucks and other commercial vehicles may present serious dangers to other motorists and pedestrians. There are a variety of ways in which these heavy and difficult-to-maneuver vehicles may become involved in accidents. One common example is an override accident. In this situation, a smaller motor vehicle like a sedan is run over by a large truck. This type of collision may occur for a variety of reasons, such as a driver’s failure to pay attention, a failure to obtain training, or a trucking company’s lack of oversight. Due to the massive size and weight of large trucks, the injuries and damages that result for the victims may be catastrophic. At the Law Offices of Adam Baron, our diligent Naples truck accident attorneys are prepared to help you fully assert your legal rights.Establishing the Negligence of a Driver or Trucking Company in an Override Accident
In any type of motor vehicle collision case, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant operated a vehicle negligently and that this negligent driving was the direct cause of the injuries that the plaintiff sustained. At its core, the theory of negligence involves showing that the defendant owed the plaintiff a specific level of care. On the road, drivers are expected to operate their vehicles with the same reasonable care that a prudent motorist would use in a similar situation. Regarding commercial drivers, there are a wide variety of regulations and laws that apply, especially when it comes to the amount of training and certifications that drivers must complete. Also, many states have enacted strict laws regarding the amount of alcohol that a truck driver may have in their system while operating a truck and have adopted stringent prohibitions against truck drivers using cell phones or engaging in other distracted driving activities while behind the wheel.
After establishing that the defendant did not meet the appropriate standard of care, the plaintiff must show a causal connection between this careless conduct and the injuries that they suffered. This means that the injuries must not have been something that would have happened if the defendant had handled the truck with the appropriate care. However, if the defendant can show that the plaintiff was driving negligently in a manner that contributed to the crash, the jury will be allowed to assign a percentage of fault to the plaintiff. Many forms of economic and non-economic damages may be sought in these cases, including medical bills, property damage, physical therapy bills, missed wages, and estimated future medical care.Protect Your Rights by Enlisting a Truck Accident Attorney in the Naples Area
Truck accidents may result in devastating harm to a victim and cause severe stress and disruption for a victim’s family. At the Law Offices of Adam Baron, our Naples truck accident lawyers have assisted injured people in Naples, Coral Springs, North Miami Beach, Tamarac, Fort Myers, and other cities in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. As a result, we have a strong understanding of the many ways that an accident may change your life, and we are committed to providing the advocacy that you need in order to bring a strong case forward. We offer a free consultation, so you have nothing to lose. Contact us online or call us at one of our regional office locations to set up an appointment with a motor vehicle collision attorney. We 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.