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The Perazzo Law Firm's Miami and North Miami Beach Personal Injury Staff of Attorneys serves clients seeking compensation for personal injury, property damage, losses, or wrongful death as a result of an accident involving commercial vehicles on Miami roadways, avenues, and streets.What you Need to Know About Accidents involving Commercial Vehicles
Commercial vehicles are everywhere in Miami, and they can range from small vans delivering flowers, to huge 18-wheel rigs carrying three-ton containers. Whenever a commercial vehicle is involved in an accident on a Miami roadway, avenue, or street, there may often be several different parties involved on behalf of the commercial truck. The size and load of the vehicle involved in the accident in fundamental to determining the parties involved. An 18-wheeler hauling a heavy cargo will have several parties involved and not only the driver or his/her boss. A trucking accident claim for compensation will include the owner of the truck, as well as the leasing company (if any), the truck manufacturer (in the event of vehicle defects), and any personnel or processes involved in loading the vehicle's cargo.
Individuals involved in accidents with commercial trucks need to know that commercial vehicles, especially those that carry heavy loads, have insurance policies that protect injured parties. According to public stats on trucking accidents and figures, the Federal Carrier Safety Administration reports that approx 420,000 trucks crashed in 2015, causing some 83,000 reported injuries and hundreds of fatalities; not to mention millions in property damage and loss.
If you, a friend, or family member has been hurt in an accident involving a commercial truck in Miami, Perazzo Law strongly recommends you contact us ONLINE for a FREE consultation.
When is the Driver of a Commercial Vehicle Responsible for an Accident in Miami?
The operator of a commercial vehicle has the duty to abide by the traffic laws that apply to where the truck driver is operating the vehicle; be it a scooter or a semi, on an avenue or highway. It's important to highlight that the driver may be found not at fault if the vehicle owner or leasing company fails to provide a vehicle that is proper operating condition. Furthermore, some trucking accidents may be the result of improper loading procedures or overloading. There is a set limit to the amount of cargo a transport vehicle can carry. Determining the conditions of the truck and its cargo at the time of an accident is fundamental. Our personal injury attorneys have ample experience handling trucking accidents that involve defective trucks or parts, improper loading, and set standards with regard to vehicle road safety on Miami roadways, avenues, and streets.
What are Some of the Main Causes of Accidents That Involve Cargo Vehicles?
There are a number of reasons that may lead to a trucking accident on Miami roadways, avenues, and streets. One of the main reasons is negligence, either by the driver, truck owner, manufacturer, other motorists, pedestrians, bad roadway or driving conditions. The number one cause is tire blowouts and poor truck maintenance. Highway driving and trucking accidents usually depend on the negligence of other motorists trying to overtake trucks, which may result in a truck driver forced to make an abrupt maneuver to avoid an accident, especially under poor driving conditions such as heavy rain and strong winds. Sometimes, vehicles themselves lose control when overtaking trucks, especially more inexperienced drivers. Truck drivers are obliged by law to respect and consider the amount of hours they spend behind the wheel and the amount of sleep they get before taking to roadways. Thus, the truck driver's log comes into play after a trucking accident. When a truck driver is drowsy, just like any motorist, reaction times increase and so do the chances of an accident involving a truck.
If you have fallen victim to a negligent truck operator or have been involved in an accident that involves a truck, you may be eligible for compensation to cover personal injuries, damages, or losses.