Fort Lauderdale Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer
Commercial vehicles are typically larger, heavier, and therefore more likely to cause damage than other cars on the road. An accident involving a commercial vehicle can lead to severe and expensive injuries, and seeking recovery from such an accident can be extremely stressful. If the vehicle is owned by a huge company, their large insurance company will seek the lowest possible compensation payment to you as the victim. Don’t let a large company intimidate you or offer you an unjust claim for an accident that was not your fault. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle in the Fort Lauderdale area, a Broward County commercial vehicle injury lawyer from GMV Law Group can help you seek maximum compensation for the damages you have experienced.
Types of Commercial Vehicles in Fort Lauderdale
While tractor trailers or other big rigs are the stereotypical commercial vehicles, there are numerous other sizes and types of commercial vehicle sharing the road with passenger vehicles. In Florida, a commercial vehicle is legally defined in the statues under §316.003 as: any motor vehicle on public roads; is used commercially; weighs at least 5 tons; is used to transport hazardous materials; or is designed to transport more than 15 people (including the driver). Here are some types of vehicles that fit this description:
- Delivery trucks
- Cargo Vans
- Moving trucks
- Passenger busses
- School busses
- Garbage trucks
- Commercial vans
- Construction vehicles
A collision with one of these vehicles will likely cause severe physical injury and significant damages to your vehicle. If you have experienced such an accident due to the negligence of a commercial vehicle driver, you need a skilled Broward County commercial vehicle accident lawyer. Don’t navigate the damages, the system, and the pursuit of compensation alone when you could have a caring, knowledgeable, and determined attorney by your side.
Causes of Broward County Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Because of the amount of risk involved in driving a commercial vehicle, the driver has a great deal of responsibility on his or her shoulders. The driver should be in optimal driving condition when driving, and should show excellent care for cargo and vehicle safety. If a driver does not meet these standards, the driver, and possibly the owner, are both liable for an accident caused by the driver of the commercial vehicle. In Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas, the most recurring causes of commercial vehicle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- DUI alcohol or drugs
- Stimulant use
- Fatigued driver
- Overloading cargo
- Improperly secured cargo
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Poor trailer maintenance
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Failure to heed traffic signs
- Failure to adjust driving to inclement weather
- Vehicle manufacturing defect
- Speeding or other forms of reckless driving
Although you may be certain that the driver committed one of these faults that led to your accident, proving the liability is the most difficult part of filing a personal injury claim. Pinpointing the cause of the accident, how much fault occurred (the percentage of fault), and any complications concerning contractors and leasing companies, can be complex and difficult to determine. However, an experienced Fort Lauderdale commercial vehicle accident attorney is trained in exactly such a process. Our Broward County personal injury attorneys will do the work of investigating the details and crafting a strong claim for your just compensation.
Injuries from Weston Commercial Vehicle Accidents
The average SUV weighs around 7,000 pounds, and the average sedan weighs around 3,000 pounds. Florida law states that the weight of a commercial vehicle usually doubles the passenger car: a commercial vehicle weighs more than 5 tons, or 10,000 pounds, and its dimensions are normally significantly larger than other vehicles on the roadway. Because of the weight and size of a commercial vehicle, the likelihood of the vehicle winning in the impact of an accident is clear. Injuries resulting for car drivers and passengers include:
- Broken bones
- Head, neck, and back injuries
- Muscle strains, sprains, or tears
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Paralysis / Quadriplegia
Our Fort Lauderdale Commercial Vehicle Injury Lawyer Will Fight for You
The severity of physical injury and the need for repair or replace vehicles determines the amount of damages that can be claimed from a commercial vehicle accident. Our Broward County commercial vehicle accident lawyers know how to determine the severity of damages and how to craft a successful claim for maximum for those damages. With more than 25 years of combined experience in personal injury cases, GMV Law Group has proudly served commercial vehicle collision victims in Hollywood, Miramar, Tamarac, Coral Springs, Weston, Pembroke Pines, Fort Lauderdale, and the surrounding areas, and we are ready to serve you. Our commercial vehicle accident lawyer will discuss your case with you, review the details of the accident and the expenses following, and begin creating a solid plan on how to pursue the maximum compensation from all possible parties for damages you have experienced. We work on a contingency basis, which means we do not charge you fees unless we win compensation for you.
Our consultation with you is free, so if you have suffered from a commercial vehicle collision lawyer, give GMV Law Group today at 954-530-6206 to schedule your initial consultation.
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