Truck accidents cause severe devastation when they occur. Eric Canter is an experienced truck accident lawyer serving South Florida, and he and our entire law team are personally committed to standing at your side in the traumatic aftermath of a truck accident. These automobile crashes cause injuries that are expensive to treat and painful to live with. For a free consultation, please call Canter Law South Florida Injury Lawyers at 561-447-4500.
- Common Causes of Truck Accidents
- Fault in a Truck Accident
- Common Trucking Accident Injuries
- How Our Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help You
- Hours of Service and Truck Driver Fatigue
- Top 3 Questions to Ask in Your Accident Consultation
- What to Do Next
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
With so many people sharing the roads these days, there are unfortunately accidents on a regular basis. When a semi-truck is involved in the accident, the outcome may be worse simply because of the truck's size and weight.
Sometimes accidents are an unavoidable result of the weather or factors beyond the driver's control; however, more often, someone's negligence or carelessness is the source of a crash. Although most commercial truckers are reliable, professional and well-trained individuals, a moment of negligence can have very serious consequences. For example, a truck accident may occur because the driver is rushing to get his deliveries completed on time, and is speeding or driving recklessly as a result. Other common causes of truck accidents include:
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- A poorly maintained vehicle
- An overloaded truck
- Unbalanced truck cargo
- Defective roads
- Substance abuse
Because the commercial trucking industry relies on the speed of deliveries, some drivers will forego sleep or excessively weigh down their truck in order to meet deadlines. Oftentimes, this hasty driving without enough sleep is what causes an accident.
The team at Canter Law knows how to investigate your case to determine the cause of the accident. We will use all of our resources to not only show the crash was a result of negligence, but also to demonstrate just how severely your injuries have impacted your life.
Fault in a Truck Accident
There are many potentially at-fault parties when a truck accident occurs. As an experienced attorney, Mr. Canter can investigate your case to determine who caused the crash. It's possible one of the following companies or individuals is ultimately responsible:
- Truck driver
- Truck owner
- Company leasing the truck
- Company responsible for truck maintenance
- Designer or manufacturer of truck parts
- Company responsible for loading/securing the truck cargo
Trucking operations have powerful insurance companies working for them. They will work quickly to close the book on your case. Their first priority is the trucking company, not you and your family. Mr. Canter does not back down to these powerful opponents. He knows how insurance adjusters work and he will not stop pursuing compensation in your case until the best possible outcome has been obtained.
Common Trucking Accident Injuries
Semi-trucks and other large commercial trucks can cause a lot of devastation when they crash. Because of their significant size and weight, these vehicles can easily injure the passengers of smaller vehicles catastrophically. Victims of these crashes suffer a wide range of severe injuries, including:
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain injury
- Back and neck injury
- Broken bones
- Loss of a limb
- Scarring and disfigurement
In addition to severe physical pain, these injuries require extensive and often ongoing medical care. You may be unable to return to work because of your injuries, and unable to go to the grocery store, bring your kids to school and drive your car. On top of all this, you may feel frustrated and alone in the aftermath of the crash. These outcomes are not only financially burdensome – they can weigh heavily on your emotional and mental wellbeing.
Mr. Canter is personally committed to being at your side during this difficult time. We will put all of our skills, experience and resources into your case. We will work tirelessly to pursue compensation on your behalf.
How Our Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help You
When you've been hit by a tractor-trailer, the last thing you want to worry about is how you're going to pay for the damages or injuries. If your accident was due to the truck driver's negligence, then our attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. We will utilize our experience to pursue an award or settlement for the following:
- Vehicle damage
- Medical bills
- Insurance claims
- Loss of employment
- Loss of benefits
We will work our hardest to ensure that you have the compensation you deserve. Please don't hesitate to contact us so we can help you interface with the other drivers involved and your insurance company as well. We will help you and your family get what you need in order to safely and easily move forward from your accident.
Hours of Service and Truck Driver Fatigue
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets federally mandated hours-of-service rules. These rules tell truck drivers how many hours a day and week they can drive continuously without a break. The rules exist to prevent driver fatigue. Drowsy drivers are much more likely to cause an accident. A sleepy truck driver is less alert, his judgment is impaired, and his reactions slowed. Drowsy driving is similar to drunk driving in how it impairs the ability to drive. The hours of service regulations tell drivers how many hours they can drive without a day off, and when they need to take a break during a drive.
Because truck accident cases can bring these laws and regulations into play in your claim, you need a lawyer who understands their relevance. Our lawyers have been handling these types of cases for years, and we can determine if and how any state or federal regulations apply to your injury claim.
Top 3 Questions to Ask in Your Accident Consultation
Our lawyers are committed to providing you with the clear, accurate and honest information you need in order to make decisions about your case. We encourage you to write down any and all questions and concerns you have, so that we can discuss them with you in your consultation. The top three questions you may want to ask are:
- Do you think I have a case?
- How can I help my case?
- How long do you think it will take to resolve my claim?
These questions will help you learn about your options for proceeding. We want you to feel confident about any choice you make to move forward with a case. After being injured because of someone else's carelessness, you deserve maximum compensation and the opportunity to hold the responsible person accountable.
What to Do Next
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach County or the surrounding areas, please call Canter Law South Florida Injury Lawyers at 561-447-4500, for a free consultation.