It is rare to drive for a long distance in Florida without seeing a semi-truck or big rig. Although these massive vehicles are critical to our economy, they may pose a threat to other motorists, especially if the truck driver is not trained properly. Trucks can weigh tens of thousands of pounds, and some of them reach a staggering 48 feet in length. Knowing how to maneuver them requires substantial training, practice, and experience. At the Law Offices of Adam Baron, our experienced Naples truck accident attorneys have assisted many Florida residents with pursuing compensation from a negligent driver, and we are ready to help you do the same.Establishing Liability in a Wide Turn Collision
A truck accident often leads to a negligence case, which requires the plaintiff to demonstrate that the defendant failed to exercise the appropriate level of care. In general, truck drivers have a duty to drive with the same care and caution that a reasonable truck driver would use, taking into consideration the road conditions, the weather conditions, and the training that the truck driver should have received.
One of the most common ways that accidents occur is during a wide turn, in which the truck driver must often swing outside the lane in which he or she is traveling to provide enough room for the tractor to follow the cab. For motorists in the truck’s path or traveling alongside the truck, the results of an excessively wide turn can be devastating.
To successfully complete a wide turn, a driver must know exactly how far to swing the vehicle and must know how to properly ensure that another motorist is not traveling immediately next to the truck or in its pathway. Without proper training and practice, a truck driver can cause serious injuries and damage when attempting a wide turn. Under the respondeat superior doctrine, moreover, a plaintiff can potentially hold a truck driver’s employer liable if the negligent act occurred during the course and scope of the driver’s job duties. In some cases, a trucking company may also be directly liable if it did not ensure that a driver received appropriate training before sending him or her out on the road.
In other cases, a wide turn accident may be the result of a mechanical failure. Trucking companies have a duty to ensure that their vehicles are maintained in good working condition and that any defects are repaired prior to putting the vehicle back on the road.
After showing that the truck driver or trucking company was negligent, the plaintiff must prove that there is a causal connection between the lack of due care and his or her injuries. Finally, the plaintiff will need to submit evidence supporting the types of damages that he or she is requesting in the lawsuit, including any medical expenses, lost income, loss of future earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Due to the size of these vehicles, accidents involving trucks may result in tragic fatalities. When this happens, Florida law allows the surviving relatives of the victim to bring a wrongful death claim against the truck driver or trucking company to seek funeral expenses, burial expenses, and compensation for other losses.Seek Guidance from a Truck Accident Attorney in the Naples Area
Our Naples truck accident lawyers are ready to assist you in asserting your legal rights. The Law Offices of Adam Baron also represents injured individuals and their families in Coral Springs, Fort Myers, North Miami Beach, Tamarac, and other cities in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. Our team can provide you with the dedicated and compassionate legal counsel that you deserve. Contact us online or call us at one of our regional office locations to set up a free appointment with a knowledgeable motor vehicle collision lawyer. We can be reached in Broward County at (954) 247-4878, Miami-Dade at (305) 770-2131, or Naples/Fort Myers at (239) 352-5511.