When you are out driving around and you end up next to a large truck, we know you probably have the same thought that many of us do – “Let me go ahead and get around this thing or back up a bit.”
We are not talking about pickup trucks, but larger commercial vehicles. It is not that larger trucks get into more accidents than other vehicles on the roadway, but we know that they can cause serious damage if something does happen. We see stories about large truck accidents all the time and always hope it never happens to us.
But what if it does?
If you need a Fort Lauderdale truck accident attorney, you can count on Vladimir Tsirkin & Associates, P.A. to be by your side. If a truck driver or company is responsible for your injuries, we will work to recover the compensation you deserve.
Think about how many large commercial trucks you see in and around Fort Lauderdale on a daily basis. They can include:
There are thousands all around us, all performing vital functions for our society and economy. Truck traffic has increased recently as more people shift to buying items online. In the United States, there are more than 15.5 million trucks on the roadways. Each of those has the potential to cause harm.
Across the country, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration tells us that Florida is one of the deadliest states when it comes to large truck crash fatalities.
If we look at the latest reports from Florida, we know that there were hundreds of people injured across the state in large truck accidents and that many of them were what the state considers incapacitating injuries.
Because of the size of these trucks, they have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries in an accident. Consider that each of them, when carrying a full load, weighs tens of thousands of pounds, and you can imagine what could happen in an accident.
Commercial trucks often haul hazardous materials, making any potential crash an even more dangerous situation. It is not uncommon for people to sustain the following injuries in a truck accident:
The most immediate concern is stabilizing someone after an accident, but these injuries often involve extensive medical procedures, including surgery. The medical costs of these injuries can rise into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, especially if long-term medical care is needed. If a person is disabled and can no longer work, their family will lose their income and benefits, a hidden cost that most insurance companies do not consider when determining settlement payments.
It is up to truck companies and individual owners to ensure their vehicles are roadworthy. If they do not perform regular inspections and maintenance, they are inviting disaster. Many truck accidents are caused by a failure of one or more vital system, including:
If a part of the truck fails while moving at high speeds, the driver will likely lose control of the vehicle.
We also know that there are times when the actions of truck drivers lead to an accident. It is up to companies to ensure that every truck driver obtains and maintains their commercial driver’s license. All drivers must be trained to operate each vehicle they are asked to drive.
While you may think you can handle this alone, you should know that truck accident with injuries can become complex cases. You are not simply dealing with personal insurance issues. Now, commercial companies are involved as well as their insurance companies. Even if it is clear they are at fault, they will fight it.
A qualified and experienced attorney will work to organize your case, beginning with obtaining documentation from police reports, gathering any surveillance of the accident, and getting witness statements. An attorney can help guide you when it comes to continuing medical treatment so there is no question as to whether or not you sustained an injury.
It is important that you do not make any statement to an insurance company before you speak with an attorney. Companies will record your statement and can use them against you if you say the wrong thing. Do not allow that to happen.
It is important to act quickly if you or a loved one are injured in an accident with a large truck. Insurance companies move quickly and rarely offer a settlement amount that will cover all of your accident-related expenses. Vladimir Tsirkin & Associates, P.A. will step in and be your advocate when you need a Fort Lauderdale truck accident attorney. We understand the complexities of these cases and can walk you through the entire process.
We know you need help with medical expenses as well as the hidden costs that come with accidents. We will work to secure coverage for everything including lost wages and benefits as well as pain and suffering damages. We will even move to secure punitive damages.You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 305-831-4333.