Every day, thousands of commercial trucks pass through or around Miami using highways like I-95, I-195, U.S. 27, and U.S. 41. While most truckers drive carefully and maintain their rigs responsibly, negligence can lead to life-threatening accidents. When a trucker is careless, fatigued, inexperienced, or intoxicated, he or she can lose control in an instant, causing a crash that puts other motorists and their passengers at risk of injury or death. If you were injured in a collision with an 18-wheeler in the Miami region, of if one of your loved ones was killed in an accident with a truck, your family may be entitled to compensation.
Prosper Shaked is an experienced Miami personal injury lawyer who represents the victims of accidents involving commercial trucks. Since founding Prosper Shaked Accident Injury Attorneys PA, he has fought non-stop to hold businesses and individuals responsible for injuries caused by negligence. If you or a family member was hit by a truck in Miami, Prosper Shaked can offer compassionate counsel. For a free legal consultation, call Prosper Shaked Accident Injury Attorneys PA at (305) 694-2676, or contact us online. Serving the Miami area, we provide 24/7 assistance with Miami truck accident claims.
Can I Sue for Being Hit by a Semi-Truck or Tractor-Trailer?
If you were injured in a collision with a truck, you may have considered the possibility of filing a lawsuit. Your claim may succeed if your accident and the resulting injuries were caused by the negligence of another person, and/or by the negligence of a business. However, in order to recover compensation, you will need to prove that negligence occurred, such as excessive speeding, intoxicated driving, falling asleep at the wheel, failing to check mirrors, or failing to use turn signals. Successfully proving that negligence led to your injuries requires the strategic use of evidence, such as medical records, eyewitness statements, surveillance footage, and other sources of information about the crash.
Various parties may be at fault for your injuries, including not only the driver who caused your accident, but also his or her employer. In some situations, a mechanic or manufacturer may also share liability – for instance, if the accident was caused by an undetected or unrepaired defect in the truck.
Ultimately, who is liable in a truck accident can be a complicated question in Florida, with different answers for every crash victim. In order to avoid losing important rights, it is important to discuss your situation with an experienced truck accident attorney like Prosper Shaked, who can help your family navigate the complex paths toward injury compensation.
Types of Truck Injury Claims Our Miami Lawyer Handles
As a truck accident injury lawyer, Prosper Shaked has handled claims involving a wide range of injuries, ranging from treatable injuries like sprains and bone fractures, to catastrophic injuries resulting in wrongful death or permanent disability. Sadly, due to the immense size difference between cars and commercial trucks, truck accident injuries tend to be serious or fatal for the occupants of the smaller vehicle. For example, it is common for the victims of semi-trailer accidents to sustain injuries such as broken or severed spines, life-threatening chest or abdominal injuries, and major blood loss from deep lacerations or amputations.
Prosper Shaked can assist you and your family with any type of personal injury claim involving an 18-wheeler accident, including claims that involve:
- Back and shoulder injuries
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Crush injuries/compartment syndrome from being trapped under debris or wreckage
- Deep bruising and contusions
- Friction burns (“road rash”)
- Injuries caused by impact with objects inside the vehicle
- Knee and hip injuries
- Permanent scars resulting from injuries
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) and associated paralysis
- Whiplash or other neck injuries
Damages and Compensation for a Commercial Truck Accident in Florida
Different types of compensation, or “damages,” might be available for the victims of truck accidents in Miami. For example, compensatory damages provide compensation for economic and non-economic losses, such as:
- Lost income
- Medical bills, such as expenses related to medication, surgery, hospitalization, or physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced capacity to earn income in the future due to permanent impairment or disability
In some cases, additional punitive damages may also be recoverable. Punitive damages, though potentially substantial, are awarded only in situations where the defendant’s actions are deemed exceptionally careless and irresponsible.
Prosper Shaked will strategize tirelessly, fighting tooth and nail, to maximize the value of your claim. He will obtain medical evidence, consult with doctors and other medical experts, and protect you from insurance companies who try to argue that your injuries were preexisting or were not serious. Do not accept the insurance company’s initial offer until you have consulted an experienced attorney about the real worth of your claim.
Miami Car Accident Lawyer for Collision with a Truck
Truckers and trucking companies have a responsibility to comply with federal safety regulations, in addition to various Florida requirements. When truckers and their employers fail to follow traffic laws or meet basic safety standards, such as standards for screening employees, deadly accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.
Prosper Shaked is here to take on truckers and businesses that fail to follow the rules. For a free legal consultation, contact Prosper Shaked Accident Injury Attorneys PA online, or call 24/7 at (305) 694-2676.