Truck Accident Lawyer in Miami
The total number of Floridians killed in truck accidents has been increasing in recent years. 52 people were killed in accidents with large trucks in 2019, increasing from the 31 fatalities in 2015. In addition, the number of people who died in crashes with light utility trucks is also on the rise.
The Reasons Why There Are More Truck Accidents
There are a number of reasons why truck accident fatalities are increasing:
- The rise of online shopping means that there are more trucks on the road.
- Mobile devices mean that more truckers are distracted behind the wheel.
- A shortage of truck drivers means that trucking companies are hiring less qualified drivers to fill spots.
- Mandatory rest rules mean that operators drive faster to beat rest deadlines.
For every fatality, there are countless people whose lives have been impacted due to severe injuries. Statistically, drivers and their passengers are much more likely to be seriously injured in truck accidents due to the truck’s sheer size. The average truck can be carrying a load of up to 80,000 pounds. A fully loaded truck will weigh 16 times more than the average automobile. Trucks may also be carrying loads that pose dangers to other drivers on the road.
Why Truck Accident Victims Need Help
Victims who are injured in truck accidents have legal rights regarding the harm they have suffered. At the same time, injured victims will likely not be able to handle both their legal and medical matters on their own. They and their families are preoccupied with the trauma of the truck accidents and the upheaval that it causes. Victims may suffer severe injuries that render them unable to do much, if anything, for themselves.
Your possible truck accident settlement or lawsuit verdict requires that you prove not only that the truck driver was responsible but also the extent of your injuries. When you are hurt, documenting your own medical file is about the last thing that you can do given the extent of your injuries.
Prompt Medical Help Is Important
At 388CEDA, we help accident victims obtain detailed documentation of their injuries. If claims seem weak or lacking in evidence, insurance companies will look to deny them simply because they can. We have trusted medical professionals that can help diagnose your injuries and provide you the records that show the exact harm that you have suffered. The key is to get medical help as soon as possible after an accident if you have not immediately received treatment at the scene. Our specialists can give you the paperwork that you need to show both present and future damages.
Once you understand the extent of your injuries, you are ready to file a claim with the insurance company. The average truck accident victim is simply not in a position where they can deal with the insurance company on their own. Not only are they dealing with often serious injuries, but they are up against a corporate entity that puts profits over people. Insurance companies are known for making things harder for claimants, even if the case eventually settles.
Upon your request, 388CEDA will recommend attorneys who can deal with the insurance company on your behalf. Accident victims need someone in their corner who is wise to the ways of the insurance company and knows how to deal with them and the battalions of lawyers that they retain with the aim of saving them money.
Even if your truck accident case settles like many of them do, the process of reaching a settlement takes time, effort, and the ability to go toe to toe with the insurance company. Otherwise, you may be left in a position where you are trying to negotiate a settlement without really knowing what your case is worth.
At 388CEDA, we can help truck accident victims obtain the medical services they need to document their injuries, which can include:
- Orthopedic care and surgeons
- Pain management
- Telemedicine appointments
- Chiropractic physicians
388CEDA Can Recommend Qualified Legal Professionals Upon Your Request
In addition, we can recommend you an attorney who could safeguard your legal rights and help you navigate the legal process after your accident. We work with a network of experienced Miami truck accident attorneys who can help you during the claims process. Your lawyer could negotiate a settlement agreement on your behalf. Call us today at 1.800.388.CEDA at your first possible opportunity, so you can take steps to begin the claims process.
388CEDA is not a law firm or an attorney referral service. 388CEDA does not provide legal advice, services, or legal representation to anyone including but not limited to visitors to this site or individuals/persons responding to our advertisements. In Florida, 388CEDA provides the following types of physician services: M.D., Orthopedic Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners, & D.C., Chiropractic Physicians that document and treat individuals that have suffered injuries. Results may vary and are not guaranteed. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call one of our agents at 388CEDA. We work with experienced attorneys.
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Why More People Are Injured or Killed in Pedestrian Accidents Recently
Several factors seem to indicate that this disturbing trend is here to stay:
- The rise in SUVs means that more drivers are traveling in heavier vehicles, causing more serious injury to passengers.
- More motorists are driving distracted since they use their mobile devices behind the wheel. As a result, they miss seeing pedestrians in the crosswalks.
- More people are moving into the urban core of their city and abandoning cars, meaning that there are more people walking.
- There are more cars and trucks on the road than at any previous point in time.
Even having a crosswalk clearly marked is often not enough to protect pedestrians from an accident. Many motorists simply drive right through the crosswalk regardless of whether a pedestrian is trying to cross the street. Florida will hit drivers with a minimum fine of $164 and up to three points on their license for failure to stop at a crosswalk. However, even these penalties do not get all drivers to stop when legally required.
As dangerous as the United States is for pedestrians, Florida is even worse. The state has a death rate almost twice as high as the national average. Nationally, 1.55 pedestrians out of every 100,000 are killed each year. Florida has the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the country, with 2.73 out of every 100,00.
Injuries in a Pedestrian Accident Can Be Serious or Fatal
Because of the sheer size of the car that collides with a defenseless person, pedestrian injuries will likely be significant. Even if a person survives a pedestrian accident, they are likely facing serious bodily harm in the short and long term. Almost half of pedestrians involved in an accident will suffer an injury to their face, head, or neck. Common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and other neurological injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Fractured bones
- Dislocated shoulders
No matter where you received medical treatment, you will need to have your injuries diagnosed and cared for before filing a claim or lawsuit. Even if you did not suffer critical injuries, very few pedestrians ever emerge from an accident unscathed.
If you have not yet sought medical treatment, you should do so in the immediate days after an accident. Otherwise, it would be difficult to recover money for your claim because you could not show that you were injured. Proving your injuries requires something in writing. Therefore, a full medical exam after an accident is a must. You would need a complete diagnostic check, even if you received treatment at the scene.
388CEDA’s Diagnostic and Treatment Services
As an injured pedestrian, you would need to show that you were both injured and that another driver was at fault for your injuries. At 388CEDA, we can help you with both parts of that process. Our board-certified doctors can examine and diagnose you. Resources include:
- Imaging services, including MRIs and computerized tomography
- Orthopedic care from board-certified orthopedic physicians
- Interventional medicine
- Chiropractic care
- Interventional pain specialists
Then, we can recommend an aggressive attorney to you upon request. We work with a network of lawyers who help injured pedestrians recover the money that they legally deserve after an accident. Your attorney would help you file a claim with the insurance company and give your side of the story when liability is decided. If necessary, they can sue the driver in court if a reasonable settlement cannot be agreed upon.
Contact 388CEDA and We Can Recommend Attorneys Upon Request
When you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, there are numerous things to worry about, including mounting bills and your physical health. 388CEDA could help make your life easier as you seek to recover both physically and financially. Call us today at 1.800.388.CEDA as soon as possible, so our experienced team can get to work on your behalf. The less that you have to worry about after an accident, the more you can focus on getting better. One thing that you should not have to worry about is whether your legal rights are protected.
*388CEDA is not a law firm or an attorney referral service. 388CEDA does not provide legal advice, services, or legal representation to anyone including but not limited to visitors to this site or individuals/persons responding to our advertisements. In Florida, 388CEDA provides the following types of physician services: M.D., Orthopedic Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners, & D.C., Chiropractic Physicians that document and treat individuals that have suffered injuries. Results may vary and are not guaranteed. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call one of our agents at 388CEDA. We work with aggressive attorneys.