Rear-End Truck Accidents
All rear-end accidents are dangerous for those involved. However, when a standard-size vehicle is rear-ended by a massive, heavy truck, injuries to victims can be even more devastating. Legal action to seek the financial aid necessary to deal with serious injuries sustained in a rear-end truck accident may be vital to ensure these victims are able to continue treatment and recover properly. For families that have lost loved ones, although nothing can ease the pain of such a loss, wrongful death claims can help assist with burial or funeral costs as well as outstanding medical expenses. Miami truck accident attorney Robert Dixon assists victims and families during the emotional aftermath of a catastrophic collision. Our firm is dedicated to providing experienced and compassionate legal representation throughout the duration of any necessary claims. Robert Dixon and his staff help clients throughout South Florida, including Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties in personal injury as well as wrongful death cases. If you’ve been injured in a rear-end truck accident, or lost a loved one in a fatal collision, please contact our office today to set up a free consultation to learn more about how we can help.Rear-End Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has reported that almost 18 percent of large truck collisions that occur each year are rear-end accidents. Because of the weight of these trucks, which are at least forty times heavier than passenger vehicles, the potential for life-altering injuries such as spinal cord damage, paralysis, and traumatic brain injury may be greater in these collisions. Trucks require a much longer stopping distance between them and the vehicle in front in order to maintain safety on the road. If an inexperienced or careless truck driver does not adhere to that distance, a rear-end collision is more likely. Other factors that can contribute to a rear-end accident include speeding, distracted driving practices, lack of training, and intoxication. Because of the severity of injuries often involved in these types of crashes, victims often need compensation above what insurance covers in order to cope with the costs of their recovery.Responsibility for Rear-End Truck Accident Injuries
Most rear-end accidents are the fault of the vehicle striking from behind, either due to following too closely, traveling too quickly, or not paying proper attention to traffic patterns. Victims injured in a rear-end collision may file a personal injury suit against a liable party. These claims are usually based on negligence, which requires that you show that the defendant breached his or her duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would under the same or similar circumstances. For example, it may be considered an unreasonable action if a truck driver fails to maintain a safe stopping distance. A trucking company that employs a negligent driver can also be held accountable for the actions of its employee, if the negligence occurred within the scope of employment. Many of these cases require detailed evidence such as accident reconstruction, expert witnesses, and investigation into a driver’s, or company’s, general practices. Once fault is determined, victims may receive damages for past and future medical costs, loss of income, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Wrongful death claims may result in compensation awarded to relatives for burial and funeral costs or loss of support damages.Miami Attorneys Helping Families After Truck Accidents
Although legal action is often the furthest thing from a victim’s mind following a serious truck accident, it is important to have a strong legal advocate on your side as soon as possible to protect your rights. Trucking companies have a team of lawyers serving their interests, and you should have a knowledgeable attorney who is dedicated to yours. The Law Offices of Robert Dixon is a personal injury firm with vast experience handling claims arising out of rear-end truck accidents, and we can help make sure you seek the compensation you may be entitled to. Please call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online today to set up a free, no obligation consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options. We help client in communities including Miami, West Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale.