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Miami Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer

Were you or a loved one hurt in an accident involving a commercial vehicle in Miami, Florida?  An experienced Miami commercial vehicle accident lawyer at Shaked Law Personal Injury Lawyers can help you advocate for fair compensation.

You may be entitled to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and more. Call (305) 937-0191 for a free consultation.

Since 2007, we’ve fought to recover millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.  Our legal team would be proud to put our track record of success to work for you.

If you’re struggling after an accident, don’t hesitate to contact our law offices in Miami, Florida to discuss your case.

How Shaked Law Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Commercial Vehicle Accident in Miami

How Shaked Law Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Commercial Vehicle Accident in Miami

Commercial vehicle accident cases can be much more complex than the average car accident case.  These vehicles are large, heavy and typically cause significant damage. 

Often, a large corporation owns the vehicle that caused the accident–meaning you’ll have to face a commercial insurance company with virtually unlimited resources to fight your claim.

Our Miami personal injury lawyers at Shaked Law Personal Injury Lawyers can help.  Collectively, we have over 100 years of experience helping injured clients across South Florida.  

When you hire us, you’ll have a lawyer in your corner to:

  • Thoroughly investigate to determine the cause of your accident
  • Gather all relevant evidence
  • Hire experts who can strengthen your claim
  • Protect you if the insurance company blames you for causing the accident
  • Negotiate with the insurance company to maximize your financial settlement

When it comes to handling complex insurance negotiations, you can count on our Miami personal injury attorneys.  We’ll do everything in our power to maximize your compensation award so that you can move on with your life.

Are you ready to learn more about an attorney client relationship?  Call our law offices today.  Your initial consultation is always 100% free of charge–and we work on a contingency fee basis, so that you only pay if we win.

How Common Are Commercial Vehicle Accidents in Miami?

According to the National Safety Council, at least 5,005 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks in 2019.  118,000 more people were hurt.

Unfortunately, 71% of the victims were occupants in smaller passenger vehicles.

Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles keeps track of accidents reported in the state of Florida.  In 2019, 8,689 accidents involving commercial vehicles were reported in Miami-Dade County.  1,428 people were injured and 27 victims were killed.

We Handle All Types of Commercial Vehicle Accident Cases in Miami

At Shaked Law Personal Injury Lawyers, we have the resources to handle any type of commercial vehicle accident claim in Miami, including those involving:

  • Tractor-trailers, semi-trucks and 18-wheelers
  • Amazon delivery vans
  • Fedex trucks
  • UPS trucks
  • Garbage trucks or dump trucks
  • Moving trucks
  • Box trucks
  • Cargo vans
  • Tow trucks
  • Tour buses
  • Maintenance trucks
  • Utility trucks

If someone else’s negligence caused the accident, you could have a valid claim for compensation.  To learn more about your legal rights, call our experienced attorneys for a free case review today.

What is My Miami Commercial Vehicle Accident Case Worth?

To put a dollar value on your personal injury case, we’ll first have to analyze your unique circumstances.  Each case is different.  Typically, the severity and permanence of your injuries will be a controlling factor in determining how much your accident case is worth.

Additional factors that we’ll look to include:

  • The nature and cost of your medical treatment
  • Your anticipated recovery time and future needs
  • Whether you can return to work
  • Your physical and mental suffering
  • How your quality of life was impacted

Most economic damages can be documented with receipts and records.  In serious injury cases, expert witness testimony can be the key to proving the value of your non-economic damages.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Commercial Vehicle Accident Victims?

Commercial vehicle accident victims are entitled to recover compensation for all of their losses.  After an accident, those losses will be classified as economic or non-economic.

Economic damages are your financial expenses.  They provide compensation for:

Non-economic damages represent your physical, psychological and emotional damages.  They compensate for your:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Anxiety, depression and PTSD
  • Physical disfigurement and scarring
  • Loss of consortium

Our Miami truck accident lawyers can help you understand the types of damages that may be available during a free initial consultation.  Contact our law offices to schedule yours today.

Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Commercial Vehicle Accident in Florida?

You may be entitled to recover damages even if you’re blamed for your accident.  Florida’s modified comparative fault laws divide liability between everyone involved in an accident.  If you’re found liable, your damages award will be reduced proportionately. However, if you’re over 50% responsible, you’ll be barred from receiving compensation for your damages.

Sometimes insurance companies try to blame the victim solely to avoid financial responsibility.  They might not have the evidence to back up their allegations.  When shared fault is an issue, it’s especially important to have an experienced lawyer in your corner to help you fight back.

At Shaked Law Personal Injury Lawyers, we can help minimize any claims that you caused the accident.  Just give us a quick call today to learn more.  

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Commercial Vehicle Accident Injuries

Pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants of passenger vehicles often suffer the most serious injuries in a commercial vehicle accident.  Commercial vehicles are designed for a purpose aside from simple transportation needs.  That means they’re much larger and heavier than passenger vehicles.

If you were a victim, you can count on our team to fight for fair compensation for all of your injuries, which might include:

When you’re ready to get started, all you have to do is call to schedule a free consultation with our lawyers in Miami.

What Causes Most Commercial Vehicle Accidents in Miami, Florida?

The vast majority of all commercial truck accidents are caused by driver negligence.  According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) research, some of the most common causes of large truck crashes in the U.S. include:

  • Fatigued driving, often caused by violating FMCSA hours of service rules
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving and drug use
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to maintain the vehicle, which can cause brake problems and worn tires 
  • Unfamiliarity with the area
  • Traffic violations
  • Falling cargo

Even when the truck driver causes an accident, it isn’t always the driver who is ultimately responsible for paying your damages.  Typically, the driver doesn’t own the commercial vehicle.  Because the driver is driving as an employee, multiple other parties may share responsibility for the motor vehicle accident.

Some of those parties include:

  • The driver’s employer
  • A trucking company
  • Maintenance and inspection companies
  • A company responsible for the truck’s cargo
  • A manufacturer of faulty truck parts

If you or a family member were injured in a commercial vehicle accident, we want to help you hold all responsible parties accountable.  We’re always available to discuss your legal options.  Just give us a call to schedule a free case evaluation today.

How Do I Prove Negligence After a Commercial Vehicle Accident in Florida? 

A careful investigation will be required to determine who is responsible after a commercial vehicle accident.  Most personal injury claims are based on negligence.  A person is negligent when they breach a legal duty of care and that breach causes someone else to suffer harm.

Our Miami commercial vehicle accident attorneys will locate and evaluate the evidence you need to prove negligence.  That evidence might include:

  • Video surveillance footage
  • The driver’s hours-of-service log
  • Inspection and maintenance logs
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • A black box recording device
  • Police and accident reports
  • Dash cam footage
  • Toxicology reports
  • The driver’s commercial license and driving history 

We may even hire accident reconstruction specialists to provide insight into the cause of the accident.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Commercial Vehicle Accident in Florida?

A two-year statute of limitations applies in most accident cases.  You’ll have only two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. 

Historically, the statutory deadline in Florida gave victims four years from the accident date to file a lawsuit for damages. However, the law was revised on March 24, 2023. If your Miami commercial vehicle accident occurred after that date, you should take legal action within two years.

If the accident was fatal, the Florida statute of limitations gives you two years from the victim’s date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

It’s also possible that the deadline could be shorter.  If the commercial vehicle was owned by a government agency, you’ll have to take legal action much sooner to preserve your right to compensation.

Don’t wait to get the legal advice you deserve.  The sooner we start working on your case, the better the outcome.  

Contact a Miami Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

An accident involving a commercial vehicle can leave you facing a long and painful recovery.  To get the help you need, call an experienced Miami commercial vehicle accident lawyer at Shaked Law Personal Injury Lawyers today.  We offer a free consultation, so don’t hesitate to reach out for the legal advice you deserve.

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