Have you ever been behind the wheel of a large SUV in Miami? The feel of driving a taller, larger and heavier vehicle gives the driver of these vehicles more confidence than those driving smaller cars. This added confidence sometimes makes these drivers feel that they are the "kings and queens" of the road causing them to disregard the other cars. This added confidence is much greater for a truck driver and their indifference to other vehicles is even greater than that of individuals driving SUVs. Such indifference is the cause of many dangerous truck accidents on Florida roads. Establishing the negligence of a truck driver under these circumstances requires the skill of an experienced and well trained truck accident attorney. Truck crashes are not the same as car crashes. A whole other skill set and knowledge of trucking rules and regulations is required to maximize a client's recovery.
Why do Some Truck Drivers Disregard Others on the Road?
As explained above, driving a larger and heavier vehicle gives the operator of such vehicle added confidence on the road. The person behind the wheel of a large SUV feels safer than a person behind a compact car. The reality, though, is that these large SUVs are barely double the weight of a compact car. A USA today reports indicated that the average compact car weighs approximately 3,000 pounds while a large SUV weighs 5,400 pounds. Despite such minimal difference in weight, the driver of a SUV is fooled into believing that his/her car would better protect him/her in the event of a collision.
The difference in weight between a truck and a compact car is much greater. Heavy duty trucks can weigh north of 30,000 pounds. That is more than ten times the weight of a compact car. Truck drivers, behind these massive vehicles, feel much more confident and safer than the other individuals on the road. This added confidence often leads these truck drivers to disregard others on the road. Truck drivers often make improper turns and lane changes believing that the other smaller vehicles will yield the right of way. In our experience, such disregard for others on the road is one of the leading causes of truck crashes in Miami, Florida. Victims of truck accidents will need to establish the negligence of the truck driver in order to recover damages. Victims of these crashes should always turn to an experienced truck accident lawyer in these types of cases.
Establishing the Truck Driver's Negligence
State and Federal laws have adopted many laws and regulations involving commercial vehicles on the roadways. The following are some examples of these regulations: Commercial vehicles have weight limits; truck drivers are required to keep a logbook with maximum number of hours driving and resting in certain cases; commercial motor vehicle drivers are no longer permitted to use hand-held telephones, etc. These laws and regulations set forth general standards to insure that commercial motor vehicles are as safe as possible while on the road. It is a much easier task to establish negligence when the driver of a commercial motor vehicle violates one of these rules as the general standard concerning the safety was violated. This is not the case for "driver disregard" truck crashes.
In cases involving a truck driver's disregard for others, there is often no general rule which was violated. Rather, the personal injury trucking attorney's task in these cases will be to recreate the scene of the accident in order to show the truck acted in a negligent and/or reckless fashion. The personal injury lawyer will have to interview witnesses and review the police reports relative to the crash. If tire or gauge marks were left on the road, the attorney will have to hire an expert to assist the lawyer in recreating the scene of the accident. The physical damage to the vehicles is key. We often keep at least our client's car in a warehouse as evidence and make sure that the truck and or trailer is maintained so that our expert can look at it and photograph it. Once the scene of accident is recreated by the attorney, he will use the same in order to demonstrate that the driver disregarded the other vehicles on the road or that the driver made an improper turn and/or lane change. Establishing such negligence requires the skill of a highly experienced truck accident attorney. Thus, victims of these types of truck crashes should always seek the professional help of a lawyer who specializes in this field.
Our firm is also highly experienced in dealing with all types of injuries, from the simple to the complex and catastrophic. It's our job to make sure that we recover as much as possible for our client to help compensate them for their loss.