“Big rigs” – commercial trucks, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, semis – are the largest machines allowed on the roads. Because of their sheer size, a collision with one can change a person’s life forever. Collisions with large trucks can happen for a number of reasons, including negligence, equipment failure, driver fatigue, or aggressive driving. Whatever the cause of the accident, if your vehicle collides with a big rig, passengers of cars, SUVs, and small trucks are automatically more likely to be injured. At their maximum capacity, a commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, more than 20 times the size of an average passenger vehicle, and able to cause catastrophic and even fatal injuries to those who share the road with such a massive opponent.
A crash with a commercial truck is a complex process due to the fact that commercial trucks are required to meet state and federal laws and regulations. In order to file a successful claim for an accident with a commercial truck, you need the experience and skill of a truck accident lawyer equipped to face huge corporations and insurance companies. GMV Law Group has the qualified truck accident attorneys you need. Our legal team has a history of successfully navigating the intricacies involved in receiving compensation for our clients while they focus on recovering from the traumatic experience of a battle with a big rig. We are ready to take over the battle for you; don’t face the corporations, companies, and the courts alone.
Consult with a tractor-trailer attorney first
After one of their trucks is involved in an accident, commercial transport companies or their insurance providers move quickly. They contact the victims not long after the wreck, and they sometime come to the scene of the accident only hours after it took place. If the victim of the wreck is still present, these representatives will try to gain information from these victims that these representatives can use against them and lessen the proof of the truck driver’s or company’s liability. They are aggressive and relentless because significant amounts of money are at stake.
If you as the victim talk to any representatives of the insurance or trucking company before receiving skilled legal counsel from an attorney, you can significantly hurt your case. You need a strong advocate who knows how to respond to and protect you from the pressure of these representatives. If you’ve been in an accident involving a big truck, contact our Fort Lauderdale truck accident attorneys as soon as possible. Let us at GMV Law Group, the personal injury law firm for the Fort Lauderdale area, protect your interests and fight on your behalf.
We know how to show equal aggression when we face insurers and companies seeking to deny liability or minimize your claim. We are dedicated to work diligently to create a claim that forces these companies to give you the compensation you deserve. Our practice handles the following kinds of accidents involving trucks:
- Commercial truck wrecks
- 18-wheeler rollover accidents
- Tractor-trailer jackknife crashes
- Car-truck wrecks
- Motorcycle-semi crashes
- Wrecks caused by objects falling off flatbed trucks
- Fatal truck accident claims
Statistics Don’t Lie – Smaller Vehicles Lose the Battle
The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2013, around 95,000 people were injured in large truck accidents, and 72% of those injured were not the drivers of the trucks – they were the drivers of other vehicles. When a big truck collides with a smaller vehicle, 3 out of 4 times the passengers of the smaller vehicle will be injured, often seriously and even fatally.
A passenger car weighs on average between 2,000 and 5,000 pounds. A commercial truck, fully loaded, can reach up to 80,000 pounds. When such a heavy truck and a smaller vehicle collide at the same speed, the smaller vehicle is guaranteed to lose the battle.
Fatal truck accident claims in Florida
At least 194 people die as a result of truck crashes in Florida each year. Often these accidents could have been avoided if the truck drivers and their employers had followed the state and federal regulations. Sadly, many truckers are under extreme pressure from their companies to meet unrealistic deadlines, causing them to cut corners such as taking drugs to stay awake, not taking the required breaks, driving fatigued, not inspecting equipment, speeding, or not properly loading the truck. Trucking companies can also, in order to meet high demands, send out untrained and inexperienced drivers, or send their drivers with faulty equipment. If this kind of negligence is involved in a trucking accident, GMV Law Group will find it out as we conduct our thorough investigation of the cause of the accident that has caused you harm.
Proving negligence in a commercial trucking accident
Our legal team conducts an incredibly detailed process that we begin immediately when taking on a new trucking accident case. We start our investigation by reconstructing the accident, securing the truck’s “black box,” documenting tire marks, locating and interviewing potential witnesses, analyzing accident debris and other evidence at the scene of the accident, reviewing police reports, preserving blood samples, and examining maintenance and medical records. We are intentional, thorough, and aggressive in our research for your case.
Such work is not possible for an individual to do alone, especially when you are having to recover from the physical and mental trauma of a trucking accident. At GMV Law Group, we have the resources and capability to conduct the investigation of your case so that you don’t have to. We want you to be able to focus on what matters most: recovering. We will work with experts and examine every possible detail to achieve a complete picture of your case and establish the fault of the truck driver and therefore the driver’s or the company’s liability. Don’t face such an overwhelming process alone; let our team with over 25 years of combined experience work for you as we relentlessly seek maximum compensation for your damages.
Consult with Fort Lauderdale tractor trailer accident lawyers
To win the recovery you deserve, outstanding legal counsel is vital. Our South Florida truck accident attorneys are ready to talk with you about your accident. Contact GMV Law Group today to schedule free initial consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys so they can discuss your case and the steps ahead for you.
Our law firm approaches each case we receive as if it will go to trial. Because of our thorough investigation and aggressive representation, we are prepared to face large insurance company lawyers in order to negotiate a just settlement on your behalf. While our goal is to settle the case and spare you the process of going to court, if the case ends up having to go to trial, we are ready to represent you and fight for your rights.
If you have already filed a motor carrier liability claim, but your minimum insurance coverage limits have already been exceeded due to medical coverage for severe injuries and for property damage for the trucking accident, we can help you. We represented clients throughout Broward County, Florida, including Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Margate, Weston, Coral Springs, Sunrise, Pomano Beach, Hollywood, Coconut Creek, Tamarac, Lighthouse Point, and surrounding areas. And we are ready today to begin helping YOU. Call us and request your free consultation with a GMV Law Group personal injury attorney.
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