Apopka Truck Accident Attorney
Apopka Truck Accident Law Firm Securing Compensation for clients Injured in Apopka and surrounding areas.
Florida Trucking Accident Lawyer Helping Clients in Apopka
Whether you are traveling on a highway like US 441 from Apopka into the Orlando area or find yourself driving at lower speeds on neighborhood streets, it is important to know about the risks of a serious truck accident. Many trucking crashes occur on highways and interstates given the higher speeds of travel and the rate at which big rigs carry freight into major urban areas. However, truck accidents can happen almost anywhere. As the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) points out, given that large trucks weigh anywhere from 20 to 30 times as much as a smaller passenger vehicle, collisions often are deadly.
Were you or someone you love injured in a trucking crash? An experienced Apopka truck accident attorney can help.
What Causes Apopka Truck Crashes?
Truck crashes can happen for many different reasons. The IIHS emphasizes that driver fatigue is a “known crash risk,” and that regulations require drivers to avoid getting behind the wheel for more than an 11-hour stretch at any given time. However, truck drivers can disobey the regulations, and driver fatigue can occur even when truckers are abiding by federal hours-of-service laws.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) cites the following as some of the most frequent causes of large truck crashes:
- Driver error (including driver fatigue, reckless driving, intoxicated driving, and distracted driving);
- Poor maintenance of the truck;
- Improper loading of the truck;
- Defect in a truck part, such as brakes or tires;
- Poor road conditions; and
- Inclement weather.
Who Is Liable For a Truck Accident in Apopka, Florida?
Given that there are so many different causes of truck accidents, there are many parties who may be liable for a crash, including but not limited to the following:
- Truck driver;
- Negligent motorist in another passenger vehicle;
- Truck owner;
- Employer of the truck driver;
- Company that loaded the truck;
- Mechanic who performed maintenance on the truck;
- Designer of a truck part; and/or
- Manufacturer of a truck part.
What Happens If I Am Partially to Blame for a Truck Crash in Apopka?
We often work with plaintiffs who are concerned that they may have been partially at fault for a truck accident in or around Apopka. For instance, a plaintiff might have been speeding at the time of a collision caused by a truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel. Or, for example, a plaintiff might have forgotten to wear a seat belt when she was struck by a large truck, resulting in injuries that are more severe than they might have been if she had been properly buckled in.
Under Florida law (Fla. Stat. § 768.81), a plaintiff can still recover even if she is partially to blame for an accident—whether she is 1 percent responsible or 99 percent responsible. The damages award simply is reduced by the plaintiff’s proportion of negligence. For instance, if a plaintiff is 50 percent negligent and initially is awarded $100,000, her award will be reduced by her own negligence (50 percent of $100,000, or $50,000), and she will recover a total of $50,000.
Contact an Apopka Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one recently got hurt in a truck collision, you should speak with an Apopka truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. An advocate at our firm can get started on your claim today. Contact the Benenati Law Firm to learn more about our services.
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