The highways of South Florida see a large number of commercial trucks every day. As a result, it isn’t surprising to learn that there are a significant number of truck accidents across the state. Indeed, according to a recent government study, there were nearly 300 fatal Florida truck accidents in 2016 alone. Miami-Dade and Broward Counties see the highest number of fatal Florida traffic accidents each year.
Due to the dangers presented by large trucks, Florida truck drivers are required to obtain a special license prior to operating a large truck. In order to obtain a commercial driver’s license, an aspiring truck driver must pass several written tests, as well as a pre-trip inspection test and a road test. In addition, truck drivers who plan on carrying hazardous materials, school children, or extra-long trailers must obtain additional endorsements.
When it comes to determining whether a truck driver can be held liable for an accident, courts apply the law of negligence. Essentially, to establish that a truck driver is liable for injuries related to an accident, the accident victim must prove that some negligent action taken by the truck driver resulted in the accident victim’s injuries. This is normally broken down into four segments: duty, breach, causation, and damages.
The element of duty is routinely met without question, since all motorists have a duty to those with whom they share the road. Most often, Florida truck accident cases focus on whether the truck driver violated the duty that they owed the accident victim and whether the truck driver’s violation of that duty was the cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
Coral Springs Man Dies in Broward County Truck Accident
Earlier this month, one man was killed and another injured in a Florida truck accident involving a semi-truck and a box truck. According to a local news report, the collision occurred in the early morning hours on northbound Interstate 95, near the West Cypress Creek Road exit. Evidently, each of the trucks was occupied only by the driver.
One of the drivers sustained fatal injuries, while the other was not injured in the collision. Authorities have begun an investigation into the fatal truck accident and have not yet determined which of the two drivers was responsible.
Have You Been Injured in a South Florida Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a South Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The dedicated South Florida personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at the law firm of Cecere Santana Castrillon have extensive experience handling a wide range of injury cases, including those arising from fatal truck accidents. We pride ourselves on the diligent and client-centered representation we provide to each of our clients, and we take care to ensure that our clients are informed about the status of their case. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with an attorney, call 800-753-5529 today.
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