Statistics gathered by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that overall, truck drivers are among the safest drivers on the road. Unfortunately, the same data shows that when a truck accident does occur, the results are often catastrophic. If you have been involved in a collision with a truck, you are almost certainly dealing with extensive property damage and, very likely, serious injuries or even the loss of a loved one. Putting your life back together may seem like an impossible challenge right now. It can be helpful to speak with someone who understands your situation, a truck accident lawyer. Fort Lauderdale area residents often seek the advice of an attorney who knows both their circumstances and their city.
Large Vehicles Have a Large Impact
The trucking industry is not lying to you when they boast about an excellent safety record. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a government agency that monitors truck safety nationally, reported that in 2012, “truck driver-related factors” were involved in only 27% of fatal multi-vehicle accidents involving trucks. For comparison, 51% of drivers involved in passenger car collisions bear at least some of the fault for the crash. Unfortunately, a single mistake by a truck driver is often far more costly than many errors made by drivers of cars.
The problem is that large trucks massively outweigh the other vehicles in a crash. Year after year, statistics show that in a truck accident, the driver of a passenger vehicle is over four times more likely to be killed than the driver of the truck. Even when there are no fatalities, there are often serious injuries to car drivers and passengers. Florida’s Department of Transportation (DOT) is constantly researching new ways to reduce the frequency of truck crashes in south Florida. But as long as big rigs travel the nation’s roadways, some crashes will occur, and the victims of those crashes will face a long, uphill battle to recover from the devastation.
Your Rights as a Truck Accident Victim
If you have been injured in a collision with a truck, it is important to learn about your rights as a victim. Remember that most truck drivers work for large carriers that have many lawyers looking out for their interests. Having an experienced attorney on your side can level the playing field to ensure that you are treated fairly.
As a truck accident victim, you are entitled to compensation for a variety of expenses related to your injuries, including:
- Payment for your medical bills, including the anticipated costs of ongoing care
- Compensation for income you have lost due to missed time at work
- Payment for future income you will lose if your ability to work has been reduced
- Reimbursement for costs you incur hiring services to help you with daily tasks
- Compensation for your pain and suffering if your injuries are severe and life changing
Only the first two items on that list can easily be calculated. The rest are deliberately left open to interpretation. By working with an attorney experienced in cases like yours, you can be sure that any settlement you receive is fair and complete.
An Advocate for the Injured
We hope you will never find yourself involved in a crash with a truck. But when the unthinkable happens and it is time to call a truck accident lawyer, Fort Lauderdale area residents can count on compassionate and determined representation from Lavent Law. Call us today at 305-440-0450 your initial consultation will cost you nothing.