Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Lawyer
Attorneys Dedicated to Getting Justice and Recovering Compensation for Truck Accident Victims in Broward County and the rest of South Florida
Truck accidents are unlike other motor vehicle accidents. For one, the injuries suffered by the occupants of automobiles involved in truck accidents are frequently substantial and often catastrophic. Common injuries include traumatic brain injury, multiple fractures, lost limbs and death.
And while the primary causes of truck crashes are oftentimes the same as those of car accidents (distracted driving or a fatigued driver, for example), other causes are unique to commercial and tractor-trailer trucks. Consider, for instance, a jackknifed tractor-trailer accident or underride accident, the latter of which occurs when an automobile passes under the frame of a truck and the frame intrudes into the passenger compartment.
Finally, in the case of truck crashes there may be more than one party potentially liable for the accident, with potential defendant’s including the truck driver, trucking company, owner of the truck, safety inspectors and the manufacturer of the truck, among others.
With all of the parties and insurance companies potentially involved in a truck accident lawsuit, it’s imperative to retain an experienced Fort Lauderdale truck accidents lawyer who is familiar with the nuances of pursuing a truck accident case and the defense strategies employed by defendants and insurance companies. While Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., aren’t the only truck crash lawyers in Fort Lauderdale, FL, attorney Charles Cartwright has 25 years of experience handling complex truck accident cases, making him a powerful asset to clients who retain him to represent them in any South Florida truck crash case. Contact Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with Charles and his staff, who are ready to review the circumstances surrounding your case and advise you as to your options for pursuing a claim.
Potentially Liable Parties in a Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Lawsuit
One of the challenges for the plaintiff in a truck crash case is establishing which parties are potentially liable, so they can be named as defendants in the lawsuit. This is where the expert assistance of an experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer can be invaluable.
For example, in a Fort Lauderdale truck crash case following is a list of parties who might be potentially be identified as possible defendants. Some are obvious; others might not be obvious to the casual observer.
- The truck driver.
- The owner of the truck.
- The trucking company.
- The company that maintained the truck.
- The company that loaded the cargo onto the truck.
- The truck manufacturer.
- Safety inspectors.
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., our truck crash attorneys work diligently and methodically to investigate the cause(s) of your truck crash and identify all parties that bear some responsibility for the accident. We also gather all the evidence needed to support your claim(s), which can include police reports, safety inspection reports, maintenance logs, employment records, video footage, and witness statements, among many other pieces of evidence.
Why Choose Gonzalez & Cartwright to Pursue Your Lawsuit Following a Truck Accident?
As truck accident lawyers we work hard to ensure that our clients are properly compensated for injuries and other damages suffered in the wake of a truck crash. Our attorneys have more than three decades of combined experience investigating truck accidents and pursuing truck crash claims on behalf of clients. One reason why hiring a law firm with extensive experience pursuing this type of case is that all potentially liable parties need to be identified in order to maximize the value of your claim.
As such we work diligently to obtain and review all potentially relevant sources of evidence, which commonly include:
- Truck maintenance logs.
- The truck driver’s employment records, which can reveal whether the driver was properly trained, among other things.
- The driver’s driving record.
- Truck inspection records.
- Police reports.
- Any available video evidence.
Also, if the truck was equipped with a “black box” device (as is often the case with many late model tractor-trailers), we fight to obtain this so-called black box, as it can reveal valuable information about the crash, like exactly when the accident occurred, how fast the truck was traveling at the time of impact, brake usage (if any), and the force of the impact, which, as you might expect, can be considerable when a tractor-trailer weighing 70,000 pounds strikes an automobile.
Schedule a Free Consultation
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., we pride ourselves on providing all of our clients with personal attention. Whether you contact us by phone or reach out to us via our online form, one of our attorneys will contact you to review the circumstances surrounding your accident and your prospects for pursuing a lawsuit and receiving financial compensation. And should you decide to retain our law firm, you will be provided with the personal cell phone number of the attorney handling your case, so your legal representative is never more than a phone call away.
The free consultation can take place in our Lake Worth office or our Pompano Beach office during regular business hours. Evening and weekend consults are also available; we can even call on you at home or at the hospital, as we know that it can be prohibitive for truck crash victims to travel.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fort Lauderdale Truck Accidents
Yes. One of the reasons it’s advisable for you to contact a Fort Lauderdale auto accident lawyer as soon as possible in the wake of an injury accident is so your legal representative can pursue and preserve all of the evidence that may support your claim. Valuable evidence in a truck accident case commonly includes the police report, surveillance video, truck inspection and maintenance records, the driver’s employment and driving records, cell phone records, and truck maintenance records, the latter of which can reveal whether the truck was maintained in compliance with prescribed regulations.
At Gonzalez & Cartwright, we understand that it can be emotionally draining to go to court and to go through the process of fighting for what is rightfully yours in the wake of a truck accident. As to whether it is necessary to go to trial to win a truck crash claim, each case is different. Rest assured, though, if we believe you should settle your case, we will give you our honest opinion. If we believe you should pursue your case to trial, we will let you know that as well. But before you accept a settlement offer from an insurance company—or even speak with an insurance adjuster—contact us at 561-264-8344 for a free consultation so that we can assess the potential value of your case and help you make the most informed decision possible.