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Miami Lakes Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accidents can have devastating consequences. Since commercial trucks are heavier than most cars, they can wreak serious havoc when crashing into drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists, or pedestrians.

You must understand your legal rights if you or a family member were involved in a truck accident. Contact our experienced lawyers at Ward Law today so that we can help you through your recovery process.

Advocating for You: Personal Injury & Truck Accident Lawyers

As truck accident lawyers, we help clients involved in any truck accident, no matter how minor or severe their injuries are. Truck accidents can involve any truck. The most common truck accidents involve:

  • Large commercial trucks
  • 18-wheelers
  • Semi-trucks
  • Big rigs
  • Tractor-trailers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration studied the causation of large truck crashes. The most common causes of these types of accidents include:

  • Fatigued Driving: Truck drivers often work long hours without much rest. Though both federal laws and state regulations state how long drivers are allowed to drive, truck drivers often drive over the limit. This can lead to fatigued driving, which lowers a driver's ability to react while driving, can cause them to fall asleep at the wheel, and can cause catastrophic accidents.
  • Distracted Driving: Many drivers eat while driving, talk on the phone while driving, text while driving, or do other things that may take their attention away from the road. When a truck driver does this, they can be involved in an accident that causes severe damage.
  • Driving Under the Influence: Intoxicated driving can lead to devastating accidents in any car. However, when a drunk trucker crashes behind the wheel, the impact can cause much more significant damage than a typical car accident.
  • Speeding: When a truck speeds, the truck's weight can be unevenly distributed, leading to the car tipping over or crashing into other drivers on the road.
  • Improper Loading: The person loading the truck with its goods must do so correctly. When the goods shift in the truck, the weight can be uneven, leading to accidents.
  • Poor Training or Inexperience: If a driver does not understand how to drive the truck, many accidents can result from this inexperience or improper training.
  • Mechanical Failure: Trucks must be properly maintained to operate correctly. Without proper maintenance, defects can result, which in turn can lead to accidents.

Since truck accidents differ from other types of personal injury cases and motor vehicle accidents, you must have an experienced law firm by your side, advocating for your rights at every step.

The truck accident lawsuit process can often be layered and complex. Whether you speak English or Spanish, we are here to help you file a personal injury claim and seek the financial compensation you deserve.

Common Types of Truck Accident Claims that We Settle

Any truck accident can result in immense property damage and serious injuries. Often, those severe injuries require extensive medical care that ends up being extremely costly. When speeding is involved, those damages and injuries can be even more.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported in 2019 that there were:

  • 25 fatal truck crashes involving medium/heavy trucks (more than 10,000 lbs)
  • 8 fatal truck crashes involving other light trucks (10,000 lbs or less)
  • 115 incapacitating truck crashes involving medium/heavy trucks
  • 42 incapacitating truck crashes involving other light trucks
  • 429 non-incapacitating truck crashes involving medium/heavy trucks
  • 244 non-incapacitating truck crashes involving other lighter trucks
  • 759 crashes involving possible injuries with medium/heavy trucks
  • 618 crashes involving possible injuries with other lighter trucks

Many of these accidents are caused by the common causes we described above. No matter the cause of your truck accident, we are here to help you recover. We can help determine if the truck driver violated federal or state laws and help prove that they were negligent.

Types of Truck Accident Injuries & Compensation

As mentioned, truck accidents can result in much more significant injuries than standard motor vehicle accidents. While it is possible to walk away unscathed, it is much more common that you will have some injury. For this reason, it is always vital to seek medical attention after any truck accident.

Some of the most common injuries after a truck accident include:

  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Bruises
  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Seat belt injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Paralysis
  • Amputations or dismemberment
  • Broken bones
  • Fractured bones
  • ... and more.

Your body runs on adrenaline when you are involved in an accident, which means you may not feel the effects of an accident until later. Seeking medical care is always a crucial part of the process of seeking compensation as well.

When you file a claim, showing your medical condition before and after the accident is critical. Therefore, medical records documenting the accident injuries will be crucial to supporting your claim.

When filing a personal injury claim after a truck accident, you can seek compensation for all of the financial losses you incurred from the accident, known as economic damages. These costs can include:

  • Medical Expenses: These costs can include ambulance costs to the hospital, hospital bills, rehabilitation or physical therapy costs, surgery or medication costs, or any other medical-related costs.
  • Lost Wages: If you can no longer work after a truck accident, you can include the lost income in your claim for damages.
  • Potential Earnings Loss: If you can no longer work your job before the accident, you can recover potentially lost earnings based on disrupting your ability to work.
  • Property Damage: If anything was damaged, such as your car or any personal property in your car, then you can receive compensation for these losses.

In addition to financial losses, you can also seek compensation for the pain and suffering the truck accident caused you. These are known as non-economic damages. The court or the insurance company will usually use a variable to calculate this number.

Our Experience With Truck Accidents

We here at The Ward Law Group have years of experience handling all truck accident cases. We will explain to you what a fair settlement offer is and whether or not you should accept any offers from an insurance company, the truck driver, or the truck driver's employer.

We understand the intricacies of these types of cases and will work through them to ensure you receive the compensation and justice you deserve. The most crucial factor to consider when choosing a law firm is ensuring that you have compassionate, experienced legal counsel. We have helped our clients receive the compensation they deserve and will provide you with the legal representation you need to pursue your claim.

Maximizing Your Claim: Immediate Steps to Take After a Truck Accident

No matter what type of truck accident you're involved in, you should always call 9-1-1 immediately, whether or not you are injured. If you or any of your passengers are injured, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Even if you are not injured, having the police write a report will be critical when filing a claim. Be sure to give your statement of events and collect a copy of the report once the police are done.

You should take pictures of the accident scene, property damage, and injuries you or your passengers sustained. Always collect the truck driver's information, including:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • License Information
  • License Plate Number
  • Employer
  • Insurance Information

In some instances, you may be able to potentially hold the truck driver's employer liable for your damages or injuries. This is why obtaining the employer's information is crucial as well.

You should seek medical attention once you leave the accident scene, even if you do not think anything is wrong. Since Florida is a no-fault state, you will have to look to your own insurance company first before being able to seek compensation from the truck driver or the truck driver's employer.

Again, while these steps may seem complex, we will help guide you every step of the way.

How The Ward Law Group Can Help

If a negligent truck driver recently caused your injuries, contact us today for a free case evaluation in English or Spanish. We will explain all of your legal rights and ensure you understand what is happening throughout the legal process.

We will also handle all communications with the insurance companies, the truck driver's legal counsel, and the truck driver's employer. We can ensure you receive the compensation you deserve to help you heal after a truck accident.