Truck accidents are some of the most fatal auto accidents in Florida simply by virtue of how large the vehicles are and how much force they inflict upon impact. Sadly, many of these accidents were caused solely by driver error and could have been avoided. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly one-third of all truck accidents are caused by driver error. Thus, despite rigorous regulations involving truck drivers, a large number of truck accidents still occur each year.
At the Eighmie Law Firm, P.A., our experienced lawyers are here to fight for your rights after experiencing a truck accident. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today for help with your case.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Nearly one-third of truck accidents are caused by driver error. The most common types of driver error are distracted driving, drug use, fatigue, speeding, and inattention. Although most people don’t think of speeding when they think of common causes of truck accidents, the impact from a truck going at high speeds is sure to inflict heavy damage on most passenger vehicles and its occupants. Drug abuse is another common cause of truck accidents, with both prescription medication and recreational drugs cited as culprits.
While it’s easy to point fingers at the truck driver when accidents occur, it’s also important to investigate the role that the trucking company played in contributing to the accident. While trucking companies are required to properly screen their drivers, train their drivers, and ensure their drivers are being treated well, this does not always happen. Our truck accident lawyers are experienced in investigating all aspects of truck accidents and will make sure we have all your bases covered.
Proving Liability in Truck Accident Cases
In almost all truck accident cases, the central claim is that the truck driver acted negligently. Proving negligence requires a showing of the following four elements:
- Duty. You must first show that the truck driver owed a duty to the victim. This is generally easy to prove, as all drivers owe a duty of care to everyone else on the road.
- Breach. Next, you must show that the truck driver failed to adhere to his duties. In other words, you must show that the truck driver did not drive with the level of care expected of a reasonable driver. For example, he may have been distracted, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, dozing off, or speeding recklessly. Keep in mind that your award may be reduced by any contribution you are found to have made to the accident.
- Causation. Additionally, you must also show that the breach of duty is what caused the accident.
- Injury. Lastly, you must show that you were injured as a result of the accident. In most cases where a truck collides with a passenger vehicle, there will be damage to the passenger vehicle and any passengers inside.
Contact a Lawyer If You’ve Been Injured in a Truck Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, don’t wait to seek help. At Eighmie Law Firm, P.A., our experienced Port St. Lucie truck accident lawyers have helped victims of truck accidents obtain full recovery for their injuries. Call us at 772-905-8692 for a consultation today.