Rollover Truck Accidents
Because commercial trucks are made specifically for carrying heavy, massive cargo, these vehicles have a higher center of gravity, which can lead to them rolling over or tipping when involved in a collision. Rollover truck accidents can be even more dangerous than a typical collision involving a truck, which are in and of themselves some of the most devastating types of vehicle collisions. Victims injured a rollover collision with a truck often need additional financial support beyond their own insurance benefits, and they can receive that from the party or parties responsible for their harm. Miami truck accident attorney Robert Dixon of the Law Offices of Robert Dixon helps victims as well as families who have lost loved ones in catastrophic rollover collisions pursue legal action against those who may be liable. Our firm offers dedicated and seasoned legal guidance for clients throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, and across South Florida. If you have questions regarding your legal rights in the aftermath of a rollover truck crash, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation to see how we can help.Common Factors Leading to Rollover Truck Accidents
Large trucks have higher centers of gravity compared to other vehicles, which make them more likely to roll over. Tanker trucks are especially prone to tipping in an accident. Federal and state trucking regulations have stipulations that aim to prevent rollovers and other kinds of truck accidents, however, some drivers and trucking companies may fail to follow these rules, and therefore rollovers become more likely. Common factors that contribute to truck rollover accidents and that may indicate negligence include:
- Improper loading of cargo
- Inclement weather
- Sharp turns or driving too fast at a curve
- Unsecure cargo and freight, which leads to cargo shifting
- Tired or inattentive drivers
- Unsafe lane changing
- Inadequate truck maintenance
Any of these elements, or a combination thereof, can lead to a truck rollover accident. These accidents generally impact more victims than other crashes, as multiple vehicles can be affected, especially on a busy highway.Liability for a Rollover Truck Accident
Various parties maybe at fault in contributing to a truck rollover accident, and a knowledgeable truck collision lawyer can help you identify them. A driver who is driving too fast for conditions, or who gets behind the wheel too tired, may cause these sorts of collisions. Additionally, those who are responsible for loading cargo properly, or maintaining the vehicle so it is safe to drive, may be held accountable. Trucking companies may also be liable for failing to adequately train drivers or others in procedures to prevent these kinds of accidents. These examples can be signs of negligence, which is the legal standard by which personal injury and wrongful death claims are evaluated. In order to prove negligence, a plaintiff must show that the defendant or defendants owed them a duty of care, breached that duty through careless actions such as fatigued driving or improper loading, and that the breach caused the accident and injuries in question. Once negligence is established, injured victims can recover compensation for their medical bills, lost income, any changes in their ability to earn a living, as well as pain and suffering damages.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in order to be compensated for burial or funeral costs, as well as loss of support. It is advisable to consult a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible following a rollover accident, so that proper evidence can be collected and preserved. The statute of limitations in Florida for personal injury claims is four years, and families have two years from a victim’s death to file wrongful death suit, making timing vital in protecting your rights.Truck Accident Attorneys Serving Miami Residents
Victims of truck accidents should be focused on recovering from their injuries, which often involves doctor’s visits, physical therapy, time off of work, and other interruptions to life. As victims make healing a priority, injury lawyer Robert Dixon makes their legal interests his. Mr. Dixon and his staff at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon are committed to helping victims of serious rollover collisions pursue the compensation they may be entitled to from those liable for their harm. If you’ve suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a truck crash, please call our firm at 877.499.4878 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligation consultation today. We are available to represent clients in areas including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.