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Obtaining black box data can prove essential in establishing your truck accident case.  In recent years, black box recorders have become standard in the industry as safety regulators continue to push for the use of these devices in an effort to improve safety in the national commercial trucking industry.  Black box devices are also known as electronic log systems or electronic data records.  They are now installed in trucks nationwide.

It is critical that your truck accident attorney in Miami obtain and download the truck’s black box data as soon as possible after the accidents.  The black box and the data contained within it can either make or break your case.

Black Box Recorders and Truck GPS

            Black box recorders usually come equipped with global positioning systems that provide the main source of information as to a truck’s journey.  This will establish the precise location of the truck at the time of the accident.

Black boxes offer important additional information about the truck, including truck driver performance, such as braking, speed, following distance, and number of hours driven, as well as vehicle maintenance like tire pressure. Some black boxes will also contain communications between the truck driver and trucking company.  Instances of hard braking, use of the clutch, and vehicle RPMS may also be found within the black box. All of this information can lead to monumental discoveries as to driver fatigue, exceeding hours, mechanical problems, and more.

Obtaining Black Box Data

            When any truck accident occurs involving serious injury or death, the truck accident attorney must send a preservation of evidence letter.  This is also referred to as a spoliation letter, which must be sent through certified mail to the trucking company, notifying the company that the black box data must be preserved and cannot be tampered with because it is required for later litigation.

The truck accident attorney will also need to employ a truck expert who will assist and watch as the black box data is downloaded.  If this is not possible, your attorney should, at the least, draft an agreement as to how, where, and by whom the evidence will be downloaded.  These steps are important to prevent any loss of information.

Newer trucks may have additional devices installed that are designed to monitor specific issues, such as driver fatigue, blind spot detection, rollover risks, and proximity to other vehicles.  To determine what information to subpoena, your attorney should request the truck’s build sheet which identifies all equipment installed in the truck at the time it was delivered from the manufacturer.  If your attorney is having difficulty obtaining the black box data, the next step will be filing suit immediately so that the court can assist in preserving this important evidence.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Aggressive Representation for the Victims of Truck Accidents Across the State  

            Truck accidents are among the most serious accidents to occur in Florida.  These accidents can result in serious injuries and even death.  If you or a loved one is hurt or killed in a truck accident, the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. can help.  We offer the dedicated representation you need to obtain the compensation you deserve.  For over 130 collective years, our experienced attorneys have assisted truck accident victims across South Florida. We seek to obtain compensation for all of your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  Our dedication to legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

 

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A fatal tractor trailer accident in South Florida shut down the northbound lanes of the Sawgrass Expressway for hours on Thursday, April 16.  Sunrise Fire Rescue officials report that the tractor trailer rolled over and landed on top of the vehicle, crushing it at about 10:30 a.m. at the exit ramp to Pat Salermo Drive.  A fire quickly ignited, preventing fire and rescue crews from reaching the occupants of the car.  Sadly, the two car occupants perished in the accident.

Officials are reporting that the tractor trailer lost control.  It was driving northbound when it struck the rear right hand side of the car.  The tractor trailer than lost control and overturned onto the car, trapping the occupants inside as a fire ignited.

The driver of the tractor trailer was transported to Broward Health Medical Center in serious condition.  His injuries were not thought to be life threatening.  The tractor trailer was carrying fruits and other produce at the time of the accident.  Crews had to bring in a crane to remove the wreckage.  The deceased victims have yet to be identified and it took crews much of the day to clear the roadway enough to again allow traffic through.

Overturned Truck Accidents are Common and Serious

            In light of the above example, large trucks are highly susceptible to rollover accidents.  Their high center of gravity places trucks at risk of turning over in windy weather conditions, on curved ramps, and when turns become tight or the truck hits an obstacle, as in this recent Sawgrass Expressway accident.  Studies show that when trucks rollover, truck drivers as well as the drivers of any cars nearby are at serious risk of injury.

Many trucks traveling on Florida roadways are hauling hazardous materials that can turn a rollover accident deadly. When flammable substances are spilled onto the roadway in an accident, the likelihood of an explosion is grave.  Explosions stemming from overturned tractor trailers can kill not just the truck drivers but any car occupants in the surrounding area.

Truck Driver Negligence is the Leading Cause of Overturned Truck Accidents

It is imperative that all truck drivers adjust their driving due to the conditions of the road ahead.  If weather conditions dictate a driver travel at below the posted speed limit, they must observe this safety precaution.  At times, if it becomes too windy, it may even be necessary for truck drivers to pull off and wait to return to the road until it is safe to do so.

Unfortunately, due to delivery schedules and workplace pressures, far too many truckers rush to complete a route and end up being involved in an accident.  If you are injured in such an accident, consult with a truck accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Award Winning South Florida Truck Accident Attorneys

            If you have been injured in any sort of truck accident, allow the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. to assist in your important case.  Our talented firm will fight to see that you obtain the recovery you deserve from the at-fault trucker or trucking company.  For over 130 collective years, our experienced attorneys have assisted truck accident victims across South Florida.  We seek to obtain compensation for all of your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our dedication to legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.   Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

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For the occupants of motor vehicles, a crash with a truck, especially a tractor trailer, can have serious and even fatal consequences.  Automobile drivers cannot always avoid an accident with a tractor trailer due to the inability to control the actions of the truck driver or his employer.  Truck driver fatigue, poor truck maintenance, driver substance abuse, and inadequate training, along with unrealistic delivery schedules, can all pay a role in tractor trailer accidents.  This leaves car occupants wondering what they can do to prevent a dangerous collision.

Fortunately, there are a number of defense driving techniques that automobile drivers can employ to significantly reduce their chance of being involved in a truck accident.  Our Miami truck accident lawyers have listed these driving techniques for you below:

  1. Recognize the operational limits of tractor trailers

It is vital that car operators understand the great differences between cars and trucks.  Tractor trailers do not have the same ability to maneuver in traffic that cars do.  Keep this in mind when you drive with trucks nearby.  Further, trucks take far longer to come to a complete stop than cars.  A car traveling at 55 miles per hour can stop within 265 feet, while a large truck may take over 315 feet to stop.

  1. Keep a distance between you and the truck

This goes for leading and following—keep a good distance between your vehicle at a tractor trailer.  If you need to stop suddenly, you want to allow the truck sufficient space to come to a stop without striking your rear end.  Likewise, if the truck slows in front of you, you risk riding under the truck and becoming seriously injured.

  1. Stay out of the truck’s blind spots or “no zones”

Trucks have a number of serious blind spots, commonly also called “no zones.”  Blind spots are places the truck driver cannot see in the rear or side view mirrors.  These blind spots exist to the left rear of the truck, the right front, and the back of a tractor trailer.  When your car is within a blind spot, the driver cannot see you or your car.  This puts you in danger of having the truck pull into your lane and crash into you.

To minimize the risks associated with no zones, do not travel alongside a truck for any longer than it takes you to pass the truck at a safe speed.  As you approach a tractor trailer, either pass it immediately or drop back in your lane and a safe distance behind the truck.  Make sure before passing a truck that its turn signals are not on and it does not appear to be moving, even slightly, into your lane.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Exceptional Representation for Truck Accident Victims     

            Sometimes even the most cautious of drivers will be involved in a truck accident due to the actions of the at-fault trucker.  If you have been involved in a truck accident, the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. can help restore you to the whole state you were in before the accident.  Our dedicated firm will fight to see that you obtain the recovery you deserve from the at-fault trucker or trucking company.  For over 130 collective years, our experienced attorneys have assisted truck accident victims across South Florida.  We seek to obtain compensation for all of your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  Our dedication to legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.   Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

 

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If you have been involved in a truck accident, the odds are already against you.  First, if you are in a car, on a bike, or walking, you are likely to be seriously injured or even killed, whereas the truck driver may walk away unscathed.  Second, if the collision was caused by the truck driver or trucking company’s actions, you will face an uphill battle to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  This is because the trucker and trucking company have a massive advantage.  They have decades of experience defending truck accident claims like yours.  They have entire departments dedicated to fighting claims and minimizing payouts to accident victims like yourself.  They have attorneys ready at a moment’s notice to respond and challenge your complaint.  To even these odds, you need a seasoned Miami truck accident lawyer on your side.

Time is Not On Your Side

            If you have been involved in a truck accident, you need to act quickly to secure a qualified truck accident attorney.  While you are still in your vehicles awaiting the arrival of police and medical assistance, the trucking company is already initiating its own investigation into the accident.  Unless the driver has been seriously injured, one of the first things he or she will do is contact the trucking company home office to report the accident.  The driver will be instructed not to make any incriminating statements to police officers.  Meanwhile, the home office will contact field investigators and accident reconstruction teams to head to the scene of the crash.  These experts may arrive at the scene at the same time as police officers.  They will photograph the scene of the accident, the damaged vehicles, and take measurements of skid, yaw, and scuff marks, all while the evidence is fresh.  During all this time, you are losing vital evidence in support of your potential case.

While it is unrealistic to think that the average motorist injured in a truck accident could get an investigator to the scene as quickly as the trucking company can, it is nevertheless imperative that you act as soon as possible to retain the assistance of a truck accident attorney.  The more evidence you can gather after the accident, the better your chances of a full recovery.  Some evidence must be collected as soon as possible or it will be lost forever.  Skid and scuff marks can fade with time or disappear in a rain storm. By securing the assistance of a truck accident attorney as soon as possible, you can increase your chances of a successful accident case significantly.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Talented Truck Accident Attorneys      

            Truck accidents can result in serious injury or death.  You will need a skilled attorney to present your truck accident case and obtain the results you desire.  If you have been involved in a truck accident, the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. are here to help.  Our dedicated firm will fight to see that you obtain the recovery you deserve from the at-fault trucker or trucking company.  For over 130 collective years, our experienced attorneys have assisted truck accident victims across South Florida.  We seek to obtain compensation for all of your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  Our dedication to legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.   Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

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Each year, more than 350 people are killed when their car strikes the back of commercial trucks and slides underneath.  Safety standards exist to prevent these so-called under-ride accidents, but new studies show that these protections are not working.

Rear Impact Guards Are Largely Ineffective

            Rear impact guards have been fastened to the backs of semi trucks and 18 wheelers in an effort to stop cars and prevent them from sliding underneath the truck.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a study to test the effectiveness of this safety device.  The Institute took 2010 Chevy Malibu’s and sent them traveling at 35 miles per hour into the back of parked trucks.  The rear impact guards, which met United State’s safety standards, gave way.  The cars slid right under the trailers, crushing the vehicles.  Had real occupants been in the vehicles instead of crash dummies, the Institute reports they likely would not have survived.

This test and others like it point to the ineffectiveness of rear impact guards because they are failing at relatively low speeds.  The Institute believes standards need to be stronger so that rear-impact crashes do not need to result in serious injuries or death.

In Canada, rear impact guards are manufactured to be 75 percent stronger than those in the United States.  When the same crash test was conducted with Canadian guards, these guards held up properly when the vehicles hit them.

One under-ride accident victim is now speaking out for stronger, more effective guards.  For this victim, the accident has been life changing.  She has required 40 plus surgeries and lost her jaw as well as part of her tongue.

Preventing Under-ride Accidents

Under-ride accidents can occur in rear-end collisions as well as side accidents.  Side collisions are some of the most common types of under-ride accidents that result from the truck backing out of a drive way or into a heavily trafficked area.  Drivers often do not see the trailer until it is too late.

It may seem like it would be easy to see a trailer blocking the road in front of you, but this is not always the case, especially at night.  Due to the angle of headlight beams, a tractor’s trailer can be impossible to notice until you are right upon it.  This is a particular problem at night when there may be little to no lighting on the road to illuminate the trailer.

While modern trailers have some safety features designed to combat this problem, studies like the one discussed above point to the ineffectiveness of these designs.  If you have been injured in an under-ride accident, consult with an attorney as soon as possible to explore your legal options and protect your legal rights.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Experienced South Florida Truck Accident Attorneys    

            Under-ride accidents can result in serious injuries and even death.  If you have been involved in a truck accident, the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. are here to help.  Our dedicated firm will fight to see that you obtain the recovery you deserve from the at-fault trucker or trucking company.  For over 130 collective years, our experienced attorneys have assisted truck accident victims across South Florida.  We seek to obtain compensation for all of your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our dedication to legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.   Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

 

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Truck accidents claim the lives of about 4,000 people each year, and Florida is home to many of these truck accident fatalities.  Commercial trucks often weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds.  When these vehicles collide with a car, the results can be catastrophic.  When the driver or passenger in an automobile is killed due to the negligent actions of the truck driver or his or her employer, the death will generally be considered a “wrongful death.”  Though the loss of a loved one is difficult no matter the circumstances, wrongful deaths make the loss all the more hard.

The family members of those killed due to truck driver or trucking company negligence can seek compensation for their loss through a wrongful death action.  Our Miami truck accident lawyers take a look at wrongful death actions stemming from fatal truck crashes in Florida:

Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Suit in Florida?

            Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, only the personal representative of the deceased individual’s estate can bring a lawsuit.  The personal representative will seek to recover compensation to go to the survivors of the victim and the estate.  Eligible survivors may include spouses, minor or adult children, parents, and siblings of the victim.

Your Recovery in a Florida Wrongful Death Suit

            Damages recoverable under the Florida Wrongful Death Act can be divided into two categories:  1) damages recoverable by the estate, and 2) those recoverable by the survivors of the victim.

The estate is permitted to obtain recovery for:

  • Burial and funeral expenses
  • Medical expenses of the victim prior to death
  • Loss of the victim’s income
  • Loss of net accumulations

  Survivors of the victim may be able to recover for:

  • Loss of parental guidance, instruction, and companionship (for the surviving spouse and minor children or sometimes adult children)
  • Loss of the victim’s household and financial support and services
  • Emotional and mental pain and suffering
  • Any medical or funeral expenses paid by the survivor
  • Loss of the victim’s protection and companionship

Florida law defines net accumulations as the victim’s expected salary or other income, including any pension benefits, that he or she would likely have saved or left as part of the estate had he or she lived to a normal life expectancy.

In the most serious and egregious of fatal truck crashes, punitive damages may be awarded.  Punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant and deter others from behaving in a like manner.  They are awarded only in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct.

The family members of those killed in a truck accident should act fast following the accident as they have a limited window within which to bring their action and secure their legal rights.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.:  Seeking Justice for those Killed Due to Negligent Truck Drivers or Trucking Companies 

Losing a loved one due to the wrongful conduct of a truck driver or trucking company is unjust and heartbreaking.  The family members left behind will often find themselves distraught and financially vulnerable.  If your loved one has been killed in a truck accident, the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at the law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A will fight for justice for your lost family member.  Our attorneys have over 130 years of collective experience and will put our skill and resources to work for you.  Our dedication to legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and acknowledgement as one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can begin fighting for your recovery.

 

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Recently in Halifax, North Carolina, a 127 ton tractor trailer derailed an Amtrak train at a railroad crossing.  The tractor trailer was a whopping three times the size and weight of most standard 18 wheelers.  Our Miami truck accident lawyers discovered that it was so large that it required a Highway Patrol escort and so tall that it could not pass under the overpasses on some interstates, requiring that it take back roads.

Authorities are now reporting that the truck driver involved in the massive train-truck collision that injured 55 people was struggling to negotiate a tight left hand turn.  He was turning from one two lane highway to another across the tracks, weighed down by the enormous load, when a passenger train roared around the corner and collided.

The truck required a special permit that allowed the transport company to exceed the length and weight requirements normally set on all trucks. It was hauling an electrical distribution facility to New Jersey.  The tractor and trailer combined stretched 164 feet long, with 13 axles and a combine weight of 225,000 pounds.  A standard tractor trailer, in comparison, has five axles and weighs a maximum of 88,000 pounds.

Eyewitnesses report that the truck was attempting to move over the tracks for about eight minutes before impact.  Officials thus far are investigating whether the train was warned as to the truck’s difficulties making it across.  It does not appear a call was made, despite the fact that protocol requires truck drivers and escorts to inform railroad dispatchers of their routes.  A toll-free emergency number was also displayed at the crossing, but evidently not used.  The train’s conductor was among the injured, but the truck driver escaped unharmed.

This recent accident occurring in North Carolina should be reviewed by Florida officials and those across the country as well.  The catastrophic collision could well have been prevented if the tractor trailer was not so large and difficult to maneuver.  It raises important questions as to the requirements for obtaining a special permit and the dangers in allowing trucks this large to navigate the roadways.  It also calls into question the actions of the driver, who by all accounts should have phoned the train emergency number to alert any approaching trains that it was struck on the tracks.  If these actions were taken, the 55 injured individuals could have remained unscathed.

Anyone injured due to the conduct of a truck driver or trucking company should contact a licensed truck accident attorney as soon as possible.  Truck accidents often result in serious injuries that could have a long term impact on your health and livelihood.  A truck accident attorney will thoroughly examine the crash and assess your best avenue towards a full recovery.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.:  Truck Accident Attorneys of Unmatched Excellence

Truck accidents often lead to serious injuries, lifelong disability, and even death.  If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at the law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A will fight for your full recovery, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  Our attorneys have over 130 years of collective experience and will put our skill to work for you.  Our dedication to legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and acknowledgement as one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can begin fighting for your recovery.

 

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The Tracy Morgan truck crash brought national attention to the tremendous problem of truck driver fatigue.  Tracy Morgan was seriously injured and a colleague killed after a trucker who had been awake for over 24 hours prior to the crash pummeled into his limousine.

In response to this fatal crash, the Senate approved some amendments to the current trucking hours of service rules.  Our Miami truck accident lawyers found that the new amendment required drivers who worked seventy hours over eight days to observe a “reset period” of at least 34 hours of rest.  Further, the mandatory rest period must include at least two consecutive night periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.  The new rules also limited the maximum work week for truckers to 70 hours, a decrease from the previous maximum of 82 hours, and required a 30 minute break during the first eight hours of the shift.

Truck accidents claim the lives of 4,000 people annually and injure another 100,000.  Despite the clearly recognized dangers of tired truckers, Congress has voted to suspend enforcement of the stricter hours of service regulations until fall of 2015.  During this time, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will conduct a study on the impact of the rule to determine its consequences on drivers, shippers, and the public. For now, the hours of service requirements will revert back to the 82 hour workweek.

Truck accidents are on the rise, an alarming fact when you consider that deaths in most other industries are on the decline.  Many believe it is the entire trucking industry and workplace pressures that give rise to driver fatigue.  The average truck driver makes around $37,000 a year.  Most drivers are paid by the mile, but not for miles caused by detours or spent lost.   Truckers are often not paid when the haul is loaded or unloaded, so some will spend hours at a facility while not considered on the clock.

Truckers face tight deadlines to deliver their goods on time.  Employers will often restrict their speed so as to save on fuel costs, so the only way to get items there faster is to add more driving hours.

This creates incentives for truckers to bend the rules or otherwise get around the hours of service requirements.  Recent whistleblowers have come out stating as much, stressing that the employer is also often behind the illegal conduct.  Employers have been known to encourage drivers to increase hours beyond the limit, allowing log books to be falsified.

If you or a loved one is injured in a truck crash, it is imperative to investigate whether fatigue played a role in the accident.  Your experienced truck accident attorney will examine the black box, log book evidence, weigh stop records, gas receipts, and more to assess whether the truck driver exceeded hours of service requirements.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.:  Put Our Over 130 Collective Years of Experience to Work for You

Anyone injured in a truck accident will require the representation of an experienced truck accident attorney.  The Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at the law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A assist countless truck accident victims across the state.  Our attorneys have over 130 years of collective experience and will zealously fight for your full recovery.  Our dedication to legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and acknowledgement as one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can begin fighting for your recovery.

 

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Will my case settle or go to trial?  This is a question commonly asked by truck accident clients at the beginning of their case.  When it comes to commercial truck accident cases, as well as most personal injury actions, the majority of cases will settle before going to trial.  While experts disagree on the exact figure, many claim that nearly 95 percent of all cases end in a settlement.  There are several reasons why settlements are the number one choice of both plaintiffs and defendants in most truck accident cases.  Our Miami truck accident lawyers  have provided some reasons as to why most truck accident cases settle:

Both Parties Will Generally Benefit From Reaching a Settlement

            As the case progresses, both sides will complete investigations and generate a value for the case well in advance of trial.  Attorneys will generally evaluate the case using similar methods and reaching figures that are substantially the same.  When both sides reach valuations that are quite close, there is little reason to proceed to trial as both agree as to the value and potential for success of the case.  By settling, both parties avoid the expense and the time commitment of a trial.

Settlement Removes the Surprises

            Settling has the benefit of removing the element of surprise for both parties.  For the plaintiff, going to trial brings with it the risk of walking away with nothing.  For this reason, many plaintiffs see the benefit of accepting a favorable settlement that provides guaranteed compensation.  The defendant sees similar benefits in that they risk losing more in a trial.

Settlement Allows All Parties to Avoid a Lengthy Trial

            Preparing for and conducting a trial can take months and occasionally even years if appeals are involved.  For the plaintiff, this equates to months spent waiting for their needed compensation.  It could involve out of pocket payment for medical expenses and surgeries.  For the defendant, the trial process will involve considerable legal expenses.  Settlement negotiations offer a way for both sides to avoid the lengthy and costly trial process.

It Will Be Necessary for Some Cases to Go to Trial

            For the reasons set out above and many others, most truck accident cases will settle out of court.  Settlement negotiations will often be complex and high stakes, especially when the trucking company is involved.  You will need a strong truck accident attorney with excellent negotiation skills to reach your best settlement.

In the minority of truck accident cases, trial will be a possibility.  Most of these cases will involve parties that vary greatly in their valuation of the case.  Your truck accident attorney will assess the case and be able to provide you with a good idea of whether your case could result in a trial or is most likely to end in settlement.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.:  Quality Representation for Truck Accident Victims

It takes the representation of an experienced and skilled truck accident attorney to obtain the full settlement to which you are entitled.  The Miami truck accident attorneys at the law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A assist countless truck accident victims across the state.  Our attorneys have over 130 years of collective experience and will zealously fight for your full recovery, seeking to obtain favorable settlements or win your case at trial.  Our well recognized excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and acknowledgement as one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can begin fighting for your recovery.

 

 

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Recently, a grandmother was killed in a tragic accident between her car and a semi truck.  The accident happened at NW 79th Street and NW 22nd Avenue, west of I-95 inn NW Miami-Dade.  Family members report that the 61 year old woman leaves behind two adult children and two grandchildren.

According to police reports, the victim was traveling westbound on NW 79th Street in a 2009 Saturn Aura at around 6 a.m. on a Thursday when she attempted to make a left hand turn onto NW 22nd Avenue.  At that moment, she was struck by a tractor trailer traveling eastbound on NW 79th Street.  The 61 year old grandmother died at the scene as a result of her injuries.

Witnesses report the truck driver attempted to stop to avoid the victim, but could not stop in time.  It is not known whether charges may be lodged against the truck driver.

Our Miami truck accident lawyers find that commercial trucks are involved in roughly 400,000 accidents each year.  These massive vehicles claim the lives of almost 5,000 people a year.  Commercial trucks often outweigh passenger vehicles by 20 to 30 times, making any collision between the two vehicles devastating for the car involved.

Miami is home to several large ports and harbors a thriving trucking industry.  As such, truck accidents, such as the accident that claimed the life of the 61 year old grandmother, are commonplace.

Truck Accidents Result in Serious Injuries

            Commercial trucks in Florida often weigh around 88,000 pounds.  When these monstrous trucks crash into a car, the occupants of the car are often seriously injured.  Common injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Head injury
  • Back injury
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Neck injury
  • Broken bones
  • Amputation of limbs
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of body parts
  • Organ trauma
  • Burns
  • Death

Each of these injuries can lead to significant medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and sometimes, long term rehabilitation.  Commercial vehicle accident victims will require the assistance of an experienced truck accident attorney who will fight for their complete recovery.

Common Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents

            Truck accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, with some of the most common including:

  • Speed: Exceeding the recommended speed limit is exceptionally dangerous for truck drivers, as these massive vehicles can easily become impossible to stop in time to avoid an obstacle.  Black box evidence can reveal whether the truck driver was speeding at the time of the accident.
  • Driver fatigue: While the federal government regulates the number of hours a truck driver can spend on the road, many manage to circumvent this requirement in order to increase profitability.  Tired truckers cause thousands of accidents per year.
  • Distracted driving: While operating an 88,000 pound vehicle, distraction can be lethal.  Truckers who use their cell phones, eat while driving, or engage in other distracting behaviors must be held accountable for the damages they inflict.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.:  Experienced Representation for Florida Truck Accident Victims

Truck accidents often result in serious or even fatal injuries.  Massive commercial trucks are common in Miami and the surrounding area.  When these trucks collide with smaller passenger vehicles, the results can be catastrophic.  If you or a loved one is injured in a truck accident in South Florida, the Miami truck accident attorneys at the law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A can help.  Our attorneys have over 130 years of collective experience and will zealously fight for your full recovery.  Our unsurpassed excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and acknowledgement as one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can begin fighting for your recovery.

 

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