Truck Accident Lawyers Hollywood, FL
While technology is evolving and improving every day, in many ways large commercial trucks have remained relatively unchanged over the years. The fact is, transporting large amounts of cargo from one place to another is expensive and time-consuming, and trucking companies have a strong motivation to cut corners wherever possible in order to maximize profits. Because of this, many semis, tractor-trailers and other commercial transport trucks continue to pose a significant danger to other drivers on the roadways when they are involved in an accident.
To say that trucks are big is an incredible understatement—commercial trucks dwarf traditional cars, SUVs and other motor vehicles that everyday Hollywood residents drive on the Florida roads, and most of us have experienced situations where these large trucks speed by on the I-95 with what looks like little regard for the safety of others. In reality, truck drivers are required to undergo extensive training in order to obtain the license necessary to operate such a large vehicle. Despite this, truck accidents happen frequently in Hollywood and throughout South Florida, causing potentially devastating injuries and even fatalities. When the truck driver’s negligence or trucking companies thoughtless actions caused the accident, you deserve to recover fair compensation for the damage that those actions produced.
We Have a Reputation for Maximizing Compensation Awards in All Types of Hollywood Truck Accident Cases
At Lawlor, White & Murphey, we are passionate about keeping the South Florida and Hollywood roads safe for all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, so we have dedicated our careers to helping truck accident victims hold negligent parties responsible to the fullest extent of the law. We have successfully represented truck accident victims in “underride” cases, where a smaller vehicle passes under the much larger truck, as well as other types of truck accidents, including:
- Lost load accidents in Hollywood
- Jackknife accidents in Hollywood
- Blind-spot crashes in Hollywood
- Front underride accidents in Hollywood
- Rear underride accidents in Hollywood
- Side underride accidents in Hollywood
- And more
Uncovering the Responsible Party
One of the primary complications that may arise in a Hollywood truck accident case involves determining who is actually responsible for the accident. Truck accidents are often caused by:
- Driver error, including traffic violations and failing to check a blind spot
- Aggressive driving or speeding
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving accidents
- Mechanical failures in the truck
- Improper maintenance of truck components
- Improper loading of the truck’s cargo
- Faults in the connection between a truck tractor and trailer
Identifying the cause of the accident is the first step to determining who is financially responsible. Parties who may potentially be held liable include:
- Truck drivers
- Trucking companies
- The owner of the tractor or trailer
- The company that loaded the cargo
- The company that maintained the truck
- Manufacturers or designers of truck components
Helping Clients Win Compensation
After we have discovered the cause of your truck accident through our own full investigation, we will pursue all potential avenues of recovery to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. We know that your injuries may be serious—in fact, we have represented clients suffering from:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Severe burns
- Broken bones
- Disfiguring scars
Regardless of how severe your injuries, our lawyers are here to provide compassionate support to you and your family as we advocate on your behalf for compensation with the insurance adjusters and defense attorneys who usually try to minimize the responsible party’s financial liability after a truck accident.
Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation Today
Our Hollywood-area truck accident lawyers will work determinedly to uncover all relevant evidence in your case and formulate a strong and effective strategy for recovering compensation that fully accounts for the damage that the at-fault party caused. We provide a free initial consultation to all potential clients, so if you were injured in a truck accident in Hollywood or South Florida, call today or fill out this online contact form and we will respond as quickly as possible.
Even if you are not fully recovered from your injuries, call for a consultation so that we can begin gathering evidence as quickly as possible—we can come to you to discuss your case. Learn more about our Hollywood, FL personal injury lawyers.
Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accidents in Hollywood, FL
Yes. Regulations provide that truck drivers must be given a specific amount of time off between shifts—10 hours off for every 11 hours that the truck driver drives, and that the truck driver must take a 30-minute break after every eight hours of driving. These rules do not seem to have substantially alleviated the pressures faced by truck drivers. In fact, we have seen that many truck drivers disobey the rules and take much shorter breaks in an effort to meet unreasonable deadlines and get their cargo to its destination in a shorter period of time. This results in truck drivers who are exhausted behind the wheel, and other truck drivers who use drugs to stay awake. Lack of proper breaks can also result in driver distraction, which is also a leading cause of truck accidents in Florida.
Technically, you have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit in Florida unless the truck accident involved a fatality, in which case you have two years. Despite this, if you were injured in a Hollywood truck accident, contact us as soon as possible so that we can make sure we have access to the strongest possible evidence to support your claim—remembering that evidence tends to disappear over time and that the trucking companies are only legally required to maintain certain pieces of evidence for a relatively short period of time.