Head-On Truck Accidents
When a massive truck collides with another vehicle head-on, devastating and even fatal injuries often result. Unfortunately, these types of accidents can frequently be avoided if truck drivers take proper safety precautions while behind the wheel. Passenger automobiles and other smaller vehicles cannot fully protect drivers and passengers from the weight and size of a truck that hits them head-on, and these victims are often severely injured and need financial assistance to aid in their recovery. When a truck driver, or other party, is negligent in causing such an accident, those parties should be held legally responsible. Miami truck accident lawyer Robert Dixon of the Law Offices of Robert Dixon assists victims and families in pursuing proper legal action against those liable for their harm. We represent clients throughout South Florida, including Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. We understand that victims of head-on truck accidents need time to heal and focus on recovery, and as such, do our best to ease the stress of the legal process while advocating tirelessly for our clients’ rights. If you have questions regarding your legal rights following a head-on truck collision, contact our office to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your options.Common Causes of Head-on Truck Accidents
Head-on truck collisions are not always, but often, due to a driver’s careless action. Head-on accidents refer to those where either two vehicles strike each other while traveling from opposite directions, or a single vehicle hits an inanimate object. Some common causes that lead to dangerous head-on truck crashes include:
- Truck driver fatigue, which can be caused by a driver’s failure to take required rest or meal breaks.
- Passing another vehicle in an unsafe manner on a two-lane road.
- Driver distraction.
- Swerving to avoid something in the road, such as an animal or debris.
- Driving too fast for conditions, such as in inclement weather with impaired visibility.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Many of these examples are indications of a driver’s negligence, which a victim must prove in order to receive damages in a Florida personal injury or wrongful death claim. Negligence exists when a party has breached his or her duty to another to act as a reasonable and prudent person would, causing the victim’s injuries or death, and resulting in damages. Even when a victim is found negligent in causing his or her own injuries, legal action against another negligent party is available. Florida follows a pure comparative fault scheme of awarding damages. This means that a victim’s compensation will be offset by the percentage that they themselves are found liable. A skilled injury attorney can help you counter arguments that your own negligence contributed to your injuries.
Because of the devastating nature of head-on truck accident injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, paralysis, as well as severe burns or lacerations, insurance benefits often do not cover the full costs of treatment, making legal action necessary for a victim’s recovery efforts. Damages in the form of past and future medical expenses, lost income, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering may be awarded for these types of injuries. Under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act, relatives who have lost loved ones to a fatal truck crash can also receive damages for burial and funeral costs as well as loss of consortium and support.Lawyers for Victims of Truck Accidents in Miami
Truck accidents often lead to severe injuries, and when the collision is head-on, those injuries are even worse. Although head-on accidents make up only two percent of all motor vehicle crashes, they make up almost ten percent of those involving a fatality. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to the actions of a negligent truck driver, our team of attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon offers knowledgeable and seasoned legal guidance. Please call 877.499.4878 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligation consultation to see how we can help. We serve clients in areas including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.