Fort Lauderdale, FL – The statistics concerning crashes in Broward County reveal shocking numbers. In 2019, for instance, there 41,000 motor vehicle accidents in the county and more than 5,400 of those occurred in the Fort Lauderdale area.  Truck accidents are by far the most dangerous, especially for the passengers in regular cars who risk being totaled after a collision with an 80,000 lbs fully-loaded 18-wheeler. The victims of such terrible crashes often sustain severe injuries which require prolonged medical care and one or more surgeries. The medical bills often top $100,000, but recovering that sort of damages is way more complicated than getting $1,000 to fix your car after a fender-bender. If you are considering a personal injury claim following such a crash, you should first talk to a reliable truck accident attorney in Fort Lauderdale. You need to know how much your claim is worth and who may be liable for damages?

Are truck drivers responsible for damages?

Most truck accidents in the US are caused by reckless or distracted driving. If a trucker is way over the speed limit, he probably won’t have enough time to stop if there’s an obstacle in his way. An accident is inevitable. Likewise, if the trucker is busy looking at his phone, anything can happen while he’s being distracted. Interstate truckers are not allowed to use mobile devices on the road, but who’s to stop them?

In such a case, the truck driver is fully responsible for the accident, and for the damages. The problem is that most truckers only have minimum liability coverage, around $25-30,000 and this might be enough to cover your financial losses. If the driver is an independent contractor, therefore not employed by a trucking company, you can only file a claim against their insurer.

However, if the trucker is employed with a company, an experienced truck accident lawyer may find a way to hold the trucking company liable for damages. One way of doing that is to use the vicarious liability law which says that an employer can be held responsible for the actions of their employees.

Can I sue a trucking company in Fort Lauderdale?

Seasoned truck accident lawyers in Florida always look for ways a trucking company may be held accountable. For instance, you may have a case against the company if the driver did not have a valid commercial driver’s license or if he had a history of traffic rules violations. Also, the company is responsible for training its drivers. You cannot simply put a 20-year old behind the wheel of a big rig and let him loose on the highway.

Even driver fatigue can be used as a reason to hold the company accountable if they failed to monitor their employer’s activity or, even worse, urged him to ignore federal Hours of Service regulations and keep driving.

Another reason to file a claim against the trucking company’s insurance is a mechanical failure that may have contributed to the accident. The company is responsible for vehicle maintenance or if they employ a third-party for that purpose you can file a claim against them.

If you or a loved one were recently involved in a truck accident in Fort Lauderdale, schedule a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer at the Madalon Law firm and let them deal with your claim.

Contact info:

Madalon Law
Fort Lauderdale Office
100 N. Federal Hwy #CU5

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Tel: (954) 923-0072

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