A recent truck accident in South Florida resulted in a tractor-trailer rear-ending a bus carrying elementary school students. There were numerous injuries that resulted from the impact. According to a local news report, the driver of the commercial truck was observed to be driving erratically prior to the accident. Seven of the 15 students on the bus were taken to the hospital with injuries and one was in serious condition after the accident. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, a passenger in the commercial trucking vehicle was discovered to be naked. Although this is an extreme case of apparent driver negligence, the fact is that there are many reckless drivers on the roads in South Florida endangering the lives of those sharing the road with them.
Commercial trucks are impossible to avoid when a person is driving through South Florida, but the fact is that many of the drivers of these trucks do not have the training or dedication to competent operation of the vehicle to safely navigate our Sttate’s roadways. At Greenberg Stone and Urbano, our Miami truck accident lawyers understand how to analyze the facts of a case in order to build an effective argument to obtain the compensation that our clients deserve. Our attorneys have more than 120 years of collective experience getting the settlement and jury awards that our clients need to move forward with their lives after a serious truck accident.
Commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when carrying full loads around South Florida roads. This makes them a deadly threat when the driver is not trained properly or acts negligently or recklessly while operating the vehicle. There are many different actions that might lead to a serious accident, but some of the most common negligent acts include:
• Speeding or driving fast during inclement or hazardous weather conditions;
• Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs – even over the counter medications can lead to an impairment that causes an accident;
• Reckless or aggressive driving – this might include tailgating, unsafe lane changes, or dangerous turns;
• Overloading the truck;
• Failing to secure the cargo on the truck;
• Failing to inspect the truck prior to getting on the road;
• Driving while drowsy; and • Any other behavior that results in a loss of focus or unsafe mechanical conditions.
Many times, the trucking company has placed a driver on the road when there was a reasonable basis for believing that the driver was a risk to the safety of other people on the road. When there is an accident, this negligent behavior on the part of the trucking couple makes it liable, at least in part, for the harm to the victims.
If a person is involved in an accident with a commercial truck, it is critical to contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. This is because the trucking companies are prepared to react quickly to an accident, sending their investigators to the scene and trying to coerce victims into quick settlements. It is important to act fast to preserve evidence, such as the driver’s log, maintenance records, communications, hiring documents, employee records, and any other information relating to the driver or truck. Truck cases on their faxe may seem like car crash cases, but they are much more complex and utilize many different standards. The lawyers at GS & U are trained and experienced in handling the most complex truck crash cases and maximizing the recovery for our clients.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Works Hard for Victims of Driver Negligence
An accident involving a truck and a smaller vehicle nearly always leads to serious injuries for the people in the other vehicle due to the large size of the truck. The knowledgeable and dedicated Miami truck accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have spent more than three decades developing the skills necessary to combat the tactics of savvy trucking company lawyers. Our firm has the legal acumen and commitment to obtain the best possible results for those injured in a collision involving a large truck. We have been recognized for our professional excellence with an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. The Miami Herald has voted us one of South Florida’s top-rated law firms. To discuss what happened to you, please (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.