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Many individuals lump truck accidents into the same category as car crashes. However, a collision involving a large commercial truck is a far cry from a typical collision between two personal vehicles. Because commercial trucks tend to be much better and heavier than passenger cars, they can cause significant amounts of property damage, catastrophic injuries, and fatalities.

If you were injured or lost a relative in a car accident with a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle, it is time to contact a Fort Lauderdale truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs. When a negligent truck driver, trucking company, or truck manufacturer is responsible for your injuries or loss, you are going to need a South Florida personal injury lawyer who is highly experienced with truck accidents to pursue your claim.

Contact the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs through the online form, or by calling (954) 568-3636 to schedule a free consultation.

Common Types of Truck Accidents

Attorney David Fuchs has handled a wide range of truck-related cases, including:

Delivery Truck Accidents

Whether you incurred injuries in a crash with a USPS, UPS, FedEx, or another type of delivery vehicle, call an attorney right away. A truck accident lawyer will thoroughly investigate the accident and determine who was responsible for the collision. It is important to determine whether the truck driver was at-fault, or whether the business or truck manufacturer was responsible for the cause of the wreck.

Tractor-Trailer Accidents

A tractor-trailer is a truck that is a combination of a semi-tractor – which holds the engine, and a trailer – which carries the cargo. This type of truck is also called a semi. If a semi-truck hit you, contact a tractor-trailer accident lawyer as soon as possible.

18-Wheeler Crashes & Tire Blowouts

An additional term for a conventional tractor-trailer/semi is an 18-wheeler. This name stems from the fact the vehicle has 18 tires – two under the tractor, eight wheels on the two axles of the tractor, and eight wheels on the two axles at the back of the trailer. If you were injured when an 18-wheeler hit your car, contact the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs right away. Causes of this type of incident include jackknifing, a tire blowout, brake failure, truck driver negligence, or a part defect. An 18-wheeler accident lawyer will get to the bottom of the accident.

Truck Driver Operator Error

If a semi-truck hit your car, reach out to a Fort Lauderdale truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. By hiring a semi-truck accident attorney, you have someone to take steps to preserve potentially important evidence, and to conduct a thorough and independent investigation.

Truck Employer Negligence

Many truck accidents are not the fault of the driver. Instead, fault and liability lie with the driver’s employer – the trucking company. When a semi-truck accident attorney finds that the business is responsible for your injuries due to its negligent conduct, attorney David Fuchs will fight hard for you to receive the compensation you are owed.

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

Florida truck accident lawyer David Fuchs has investigated many commercial vehicle and semi-truck accidents. He has handled cases caused by:

  • Truck driver error
  • Distracted driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Truck driver’s failure to maintain a proper lookout
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Inexperienced truck driver
  • An improperly trained truck driver
  • Overloading
  • Unsecure cargo
  • Truck defects
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Negligent maintenance
  • Trucking company negligence
  • Negligent hiring or retention
  • Federal safety regulation violations
  • Road construction

There are many people and companies involved in commercial vehicles, which is why it is dangerous to jump to conclusions regarding what caused a crash and who is at fault. You need to have truck wreck lawyer preserve evidence and conduct an independent investigation. In many Fort Lauderdale truck accident cases, it is essential that you file a lawsuit as soon as possible. By pursuing a lawsuit, your attorney has the opportunity to gain additional evidence through the discovery process. Your lawyer can use interrogatories, requests for documents, and depositions to gain information and records from the trucking company and other businesses involved in the case.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

At Law Offices of David I. Fuchs, an 18-wheeler accident attorney has handled many truck accident claims involving different types of injuries suffered by victims, including:

  • Bone fractures
  • Lacerations and contusions
  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Whiplash and neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Severe burns
  • Psychological trauma and Post-traumatic stress disorder

Truck Accident Statistics

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 1,206 Florida truck accidents in which the driver of a medium or heavy truck suffered an injury or passed away in 2017. There were 273 truck crashes in which a passenger was injured or killed. Unfortunately, there are more than a thousand commercial vehicle wrecks in Florida every year. These involve all types of vehicles from delivery trucks to big rigs, and in many cases, they lead to serious injuries and fatalities.

To learn more about Florida truck accident statistics, contact a Fort Lauderdale truck accident attorney at the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs.

Trucking Accident Law & Regulations

Commercial vehicles are heavily regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This federal agency creates and enforces trucking regulations. When you are hit or rear-ended by a semi-truck, attorney David Fuchs will gather as much evidence as possible to determine what happened and why. He will scrutinize the cause of the accident to determine if one or more trucking laws have been violated. Evidence of a regulatory violation may be useful in proving the other party was negligent and is liable for your injuries.

There are many trucking regulations companies and truckers must follow, including:

  • Hours of service regulations, which define how long a trucker can drive within a certain period.
  • Intoxication regulations, which place the legal limit for a trucker’s blood alcohol level at .04 percent – not the typical .08 percent.
  • Load regulations, including the maximum size and weight of the vehicle with the cargo.
  • Inspection regulations, including when and how often a truck driver must inspect the vehicle.
  • Hiring regulations dictate that trucking companies cannot hire drivers with histories of DUIs, poor driving records, or other issues that make them unable to drive safely.
  • Licensing regulations require that truck drivers have a valid commercial driver’s license and any additional endorsements necessary for specific types of trucks or cargo.

Preserving Evidence After a Car Accident With a Semi-Truck

A major issue after a trucking accident is that the truck driver, trucking company, and truck manufacturer have control over a lot of information, records, and even physical evidence you may need to make your case. You need to be sure that all of this potential evidence remains available and intact while your Fort Lauderdale truck accident lawyer takes steps to obtain it.

To do this, your attorney will send the other parties involved in the accident a preservation letter. This informs the other party of the existence of your claim and potential litigation. It demands that the party receiving the letter preserve all evidence that may be relevant to your case.

This letter cannot guarantee that evidence will not be lost or degraded. However, it does place the other parties on notice that there may be consequences if they improperly dispose of evidence.

Pursuing Compensation for Truck Accident Injuries

When you are injured in a trucking accident in Fort Lauderdale, a personal injury attorney from the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Depending on the circumstances, attorney Fuchs may pursue a claim with the truck driver or trucking company’s insurer and/or a lawsuit directly against the liable party.

Through this claim or lawsuit, you can seek compensation for your:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Reduced earning potential

If you were hit by a semi-truck, a settlement might be your best option. By working with an experienced attorney who will negotiate your settlement, you can have the funds you need to move forward in life months before a lawsuit would be resolved.

Before you rely on a truck accident settlement calculator available online, call the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs and schedule a consultation. It is impossible for anyone to give you a potential value for your claim without going through an in-depth investigation of your case. Too many factors can influence your potential recovery. By hiring a Fort Lauderdale truck accident lawyer, you ensure you receive accurate information and experienced insights each step of the way. Attorney Fuchs will work closely with you, your medical providers, and various experts to calculate your damages and to determine the best and worst-case scenarios for a settlement or jury award.

Fatal Truck Accident Claims

Attorney Fuchs also represents families of those lost in trucking accidents. He will explain Florida’s wrongful death law, whether you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit, and if so, the potential compensation you are and your loved ones may receive.

Your loved one’s estate and the surviving family members may have the right to compensation for:

  • Burial and funeral expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Future earnings
  • Lost support and services
  • Lost companionship and protection
  • Lost parental companionship, instruction, and guidance
  • Mental pain and suffering

Contact a Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Lawyer Today

After a serious trucking accident in Florida that leaves you injured or mourning the loss of a loved one, call attorney David Fuchs as soon as possible. By hiring a semi-truck accident lawyer right away, you have someone to guide you in obtaining appropriate medical care and preserving your rights for a truck accident claim. An attorney will gather evidence to support your claim for compensation, and will fight hard to obtain you the financial recovery you deserve.

To talk with a Florida truck accident attorney, contact the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs online, or call (954) 568-3636 to schedule a free consultation.

If you cannot come to the Fort Lauderdale office, accident attorney David I. Fuchs will send a representative to see you. His staff speaks English and Spanish. Se habla Inglés y Español.

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