Most of us do our best to exercise caution when we are behind the wheel. Anyone who has logged a decent amount of miles on the highway knows that some of the most dangerous hazards are caused by large trucks. These vehicles are inherently dangerous based on their massive size and can become even more dangerous when loaded down with materials that they are hauling. Although there are extensive regulations that apply to commercial vehicles, some truck drivers and trucking companies try to cut corners or simply fail to perform the amount of training that is needed to operate their big rigs safely. At the Law Offices of Adam Baron, our personal injury attorneys have represented many people in Naples and the surrounding cities of South Florida who have been harmed by the carelessness of truck drivers or their employers.Protect Your Rights by Pursuing a Negligence Claim
One of the main things that a plaintiff in a truck accident case must prove is that the defendant acted negligently. According to Florida law, a truck company generally can be held indirectly, or vicariously, liable for negligent acts of its drivers that occurred in the scope and course of their employment. It is also important to investigate whether any carelessness on the part of the trucking company was involved in the collision.
According to federal regulations, commercial drivers must undergo a substantial amount of training before they can get behind the wheel. They also have to continue completing educational training in order to continue being certified to drive large trucks. These regulations cover everything from appropriate driving speed to ensuring that a load is secured properly and performing safe turns and lane merges.
One of the biggest issues in the trucking industry is ensuring that drivers do not operate their massive vehicles for extended periods of time without adequate rest. Many regulations impose break and rest periods, and truck companies are required to ensure that their employees comply with these rules. If the truck driver fails to comply with applicable regulations, or the truck company fails to provide appropriate training, either or both parties may be held liable for injuries that result.
After showing that the driver or truck company acted carelessly, the plaintiff must show that this negligence was the direct cause of his or her accident. This means that he or she would not have suffered injuries but for the driver’s or company’s negligence.
Finally, a plaintiff must submit evidence of the monetary damages that he or she incurred as a result of the accident. This can include many things, like medical expenses, vehicle repairs, the costs of future treatment, and lost wages. Other, more subjective forms of damages also may be compensated, such as pain and suffering.Discuss Your Motor Vehicle Collision Case with an Attorney in Naples
Victims of truck or car accidents in the Naples area can seek guidance from the lawyers at the Law Offices of Adam Baron. We have handled numerous personal injury cases and understand the complex network of regulations that apply to commercial drivers and trucking companies. We proudly serve accident victims throughout South Florida, including in Coral Springs, Miami, North Miami Beach, and Tamarac. Contact us online or call us at any of our three regional locations to set up a free consultation. We are available in Broward County at (954) 247-4878, in Miami-Dade County at (305) 770-2131, and in Naples/Fort Myers at (239) 352-5511.
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