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.