Homestead Truck Accidents
Although car accidents are more common and typically get much more attention, truck accidents are generally more severe and cause more fatalities. The sheer size of semi-trucks or large work vehicles make them more susceptible to rollovers and incapable of quick stops. Statistically speaking, according to the Department of Transportation, truck accidents involving deaths have been on a steady incline over the last two years. But why are there so many more trucking accidents these days? Homestead truck accident attorneys suggest several reasons--from driver errors and improper loading to mechanical failures, every incident involving injuries caused by a large truck is a sensitive matter, requiring expert medical and, in some cases, legal care.
The vast majority of trucking accidents are caused by driver errors that include fatigue, poor judgment, speeding, or intoxication. But not all accidents involve driver errors. Sometimes accidents are caused by the truck’s freight, improper trailer attachments or brake failure. In the event of a truck accident, preparedness can go a long way. It’s important that you take certain steps immediately following an accident, including:
- First, seek appropriate medical care
- Talk to witnesses
- Take pictures of the involved vehicles and any injuries suffered
- Review police and accident reports, as well as medical records
- Have an expert examine your vehicle
- Keep all evidence stored away in a safe place
Taking these steps will help when it’s time to file a claim with a Homestead truck accident attorney. By enlisting the help of a qualified attorney you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. When selecting the best attorney to support you, look for one who is well versed in Florida vehicular laws, and who is adept at gathering and preserving evidence in a timely manner – including police reports, data recorders, driving logs, on-board computers, medical records, driving records, etc. You need a knowledgeable attorney who will be able to get the right information from the right sources, comb through it all and use it in a professional manner to get you the maximum compensation that you deserve.
It’s also important to keep in mind that truck accident damages are divided into two categories: economic (also known as compensatory, special, or monetary damages) and noneconomic. Economic damages include medical expenses (past, present and future), funeral expenses, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity. Noneconomic damages include non-financial losses such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium (marital benefits). The amount of damages received depends on the injuries and the length of time the victim has suffered or will suffer in the future.
With offices in Homestead, the lawyers at Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada, P.A. are all experienced attorneys who want the best for you and your family. Navigating Florida’s complicated laws is no easy feat. You need a Homestead truck accident attorney on your side with a thorough understanding of local, state and federal laws – someone who truly has your best interest in mind. At Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada, P.A., we will fight hard to recover compensation for you or your loved one. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free initial consultation with a highly experienced Homestead motor vehicle injury lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.