Truck Accidents: Why Hire a Lawyer

There are very specific rules about operating a big rig and other types of large commercial trucks. Anyone involved in an accident that includes one of those vehicles should immediately hire a lawyer that has experience in that type of litigation. The injuries sustained during an accident involving a truck can be catastrophic for the victim and result in permanent disability or even death.

Regulations for commercial trucks are set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the state of Florida. During investigations into truck accidents, it’s often discovered that the trucking company was in violation of regulations and can be held accountable. The following are the most common violations.

Cargo Overload/Misload

Commercial trucks have very specific limits about the weight they can carry, along with how the weight must be distributed and how the cargo is secured.

Drunk/Drugged Driving

Drivers of commercial trucks are held to a higher standard when it comes to drugs and alcohol. A driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .04 percent will be considered to be in violation of DUI laws.

Hours of Operation

Truck drivers have limits on the number of hours they can operate the vehicle each day and per week. The limits are in place to prevent the fatigue that can lead to errors in judgment and reduce reaction times. However, time is money for truckers and they are often tempted to exceed those limits.

Poor Maintenance

Commercial carriers have specific federal regulations mandating minimum inspection standards. Unfortunately, many trucking companies skimp on this requirement and don’t take trucks out of service that fail to meet the standards or haven’t undergone adequate repair.

Weight Limits

Each truck driven on an interstate highway has a weight limit that it can carry. The laws are designed to preserve the roads and associated infrastructure from undue damage. The standards also aid in the loss of cargo and work toward making trucks safer while they travel the roadways.

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Hollywood Truck Accident Attorneys

Truck Accident Attorney Hollywood Florida

From The Law Offices Of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A., Hollywood, Fl.

If you’re like most drivers in South Florida, then you fear being involved in an accident with a semi-truck. Because of their tremendous size and power, trucks can cause large amounts of damage when they collide with other vehicles.  If you are involved in a trucking accident, you may have to deal with the physical repercussions for months, if not years.  Accidents involving tractor-trailers often result in catastrophic damages and severe injuries requiring a Hollywood Truck Accident Attorney.

When you’ve been the victim of a trucking accident and have suffered major injuries, you may consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver or trucking company.  Here are a few reasons why you need help from the Hollywood truck accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A. after you’ve been in a serious trucking accident.

Truck Accident Attorney Info: Who Should You File Against?

One of the most important decisions after a truck accident is deciding who you will file your claim against.  Although the driver of the truck caused the accident, the company for which they work may be held legally liable, and filing a claim against the trucking company has the potential of increasing your case value.  Tractor-trailers are typically insured through commercial insurance carriers who often use third party claims handlers to deal with accidents involving other vehicles.

If you are having trouble deciding who to file your claim against, Theodore Enfield can help.  Our law office has extensive experience with personal injury lawsuits involving trucking accidents and we will fight for your rights.

Proving Fault

In addition to choosing who to file your claim against, you will need to prove the fault, or negligence, of the other driver. There are several ways that you could prove fault, including demonstrating that the truck driver was operating their vehicle at unsafe speeds, was under the influence or had driven too many hours to safely operate their vehicle.

Proving fault can be very complicated, which is why you need The Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield on your side. Our knowledgeable truck accident attorneys in Hollywood can help.

In a Truck Accident? Protect Your Rights

If you were involved in a semi-truck accident you need to protect your rights by hiring a Hollywood truck accident attorney to help with your case. With an extensive understanding of the laws involved, we can make sure you’re fully compensated for any medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages you may have experienced.  Get in touch with The Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A.  We are ready to listen to the facts of your truck accident case and to discuss your legal options.

Call our law offices today at 954-983-1443 to request a free consultation for your case.

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