When people are involved in collisions involving tractor-trailers, there is a high risk of suffering devastating injuries or even wrongful death. Because the insurance and trucking industries employ powerful lobbying efforts, some individuals who lose a loved one or experience injury in a semi-truck collision are hesitant about filing a lawsuit. A person who suffers a broken bone might use their medical insurance to obtain treatment and avoid filing a claim for damages. Our Miami truck accident lawyers feel this reticence is misplaced since truck drivers with horrible driving records sometimes slip through the cracks because of indifferent trucking companies, loopholes in trucking regulations and lax enforcement by state and federal regulators.
When trucking accident victims file personal injury lawsuits, these lawsuits not only provide necessary financial compensation for victims and their families, but they also can get truck drivers with poor driving records off our Florida roadways. History and experience have shown that Trial Lawyers effect positive change and save lives. How? By forcing big business to make products safer and by making people responsible for hiring good, qualified workers and giving them safe equipment to do their jobs.
A fatal trucking accident on Interstate 75 earlier this year provides an example of the types of drivers that personal injury lawsuits might take out of service. The truck driver involved in the fatal semi-truck crash had been cited for over two dozen traffic infractions over a ten year period according to the Tampa Bay Times. The operator’s commercial driver’s license had been suspended six times prior to the deadly trucking accident. His violations include speeding and driving on a suspended license.
While it may seem unfathomable that a truck driver with such a poor driving record was able to remain behind the wheel, an applicant’s previous driving history cannot disqualify the driver from obtaining a commercial driver’s license. The driver simply needs to pass the written examination and vehicle driving skills test.
“As long as your current operator’s license is valid, then you are able to obtain a CDL,” Lt. Jeff Frost of the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles told the newspaper.
The collision occurred when the tractor-trailer pulled out to pass a slow moving passenger car and clipped the rear of the vehicle. The semi-truck rolled over while the passenger car veered of the roadway and plunged into the 5-feet-deep of water of the Alafia river. The driver of the passenger vehicle was killed in the crash.
A wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver and commercial carrier in this situation can be important both for surviving family members and others who travel Florida roadways. The wrongful death claim can provide compensation for the lost household income of a breadwinner, medical bills, funeral/burial expenses, loss of support and companionship and other forms of damages. A wrongful death lawsuit also can hold the trucking company accountable for allowing a truck driver with a poor driving record to continue operating an 80,000 pound tractor-trailer. A large settlement or verdict against a commercial carrier for disregarding obvious safety issues can be one of the most effective ways to change unsafe trucking industry practices. And give companies pause before they hire a driver with a poor driving record.
IMPORTANT TIP: In each and every case our office handles we make it a practice to go over each and every complaint our client has from the top of their head to the bottom of their feet. We do this because patients fail to tell their physician all of their complaints, thinking that what they are feeling is not related to the injuries received in their case. We are not doctors but we explain to the client to let the doctor know because he/she may feel that there is a relation. For example, a person complaining of lower back pain may not tell their doctor that they are having tingling or numbness in their leg. By telling the doctor this, they can examine the patient and determine the cause of the complaint.
Pursuing the Maximum Recovery for Florida Trucking Accident Victims
If you are involved in a trucking accident in Miami or the surrounding areas of Florida, our experienced trucking accident attorneys are committed to obtaining the maximum compensation for your injuries. In all of the cases that our office handles, we make it a practice to go over each and every physical complaint our clients have from the top of their head to the bottom of their feet. We do this because patients often fail to tell their physician about all of their complaints, thinking that what they are feeling is not related to the injuries suffered in their case. We are not doctors, but we explain to our client to let the doctor know because he/she may feel that there is a connection. A person complaining of lower back pain, for example, might fail to tell the doctor about tingling or numbness in his or her leg. If the patient tells the doctor about this symptom, the doctor can examine the patient and determine the cause of the symptom. We have also found that prolonged pain, disability and disfigurement plays a devastating role to one’s psyche. We encourage our client’s t talk about their emotional reaction to their loss and get help where necessary.
Our Miami tractor-trailer accident lawyers have handled dozens of Florida trucking accidents resulting in death and significant injury. We have recovered from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars for these claims. If you or a loved one is injured in a trucking accident, we invite you to contact the South Florida law office of Greenberg Stone and Urbano today. For over 120 collective years, we have aggressively represented the victims of trucking accidents across South Florida. Our commitment to excellence in providing legal services has earned us an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, and it is why we have been asked to join Primerus, an international society of leading law firms. Moreover, the Miami Herald voted us as one of the top-rated South Florida law firms, and, we have earned the title of “Superlawyers,” designating us as being among the best lawyers in America. We want to put this dedication to work for you, so call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an initial consultation either in our main office, your home or hospital, or at one of the offices where we see client’s by appointment.