Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Attorney
When you are traveling on the roadways in and around Fort Lauderdale, you should never have to worry about getting into a commercial truck accident. However, if you or a loved one have been harmed due to the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or truck company, the team at Colson Hicks Eidson is ready to help. We regularly handle similar cases in the State of Florida (and throughout the US). Our truck accident attorneys are ready to get to the bottom of what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve.
Truck accident injuries can be devastating
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says that larger commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when they are fully loaded. If we compare that with the average passenger vehicle that weighs 4,000 pounds, we can see why these crashes can be so devastating. A truck versus passenger vehicle collision often results in serious injuries or a fatality.
According to the FMCSA, there were 4,761 total fatalities and around 148,000 injuries caused by truck crashes during the latest full year of data available. It is not uncommon for the team at Colson Hicks Eidson to see the following injuries as a result of these incidents:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bone fractures and dislocations
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Dismemberment or amputation
- Other injuries that inhibit a person’s daily activities
- Significant disfigurement
How do truck accidents happen?
There are a variety of factors that cause a truck accident. It is important to understand that there are strict federal and state regulations placed on truck drivers and trucking companies in order to ensure roadway safety. However, these regulations are not always followed.
Driver error is a leading cause of these accidents. The FMCSA says that approximately 40% of all truck accidents are caused by fatigued drivers, which is why it is so vital for drivers to follow the proper hours of service regulations. We also know that these incidents occur of a driver is impaired by alcohol or drugs or distracted by their cell phones or other devices.
Vehicle failure can happen in a variety of ways. Truck companies must abide by the FMCSA regulations regarding regular inspection and maintenance of the vehicle. Trucks can also become hazardous if they were improperly manufactured, have faulty parts, or the mechanics make a mistake.
We are ready to take your case
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident due to the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company, you could be entitled to significant compensation. The team at Colson Hicks Eidson is going to bring more than fifty years of legal experience to your case in order to secure the compensation you deserve. This can include coverage of your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and more. These cases can become incredibly complex, but we will ensure you are treated fairly. If you need a truck accident attorney who handles cases in Fort Lauderdale, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7400.