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Truck Driver Negligence

A tractor-trailer driver can cause a truck accident by carelessness, driving errors, or failure to take proper actions. However the truck driver causes a crash, both the trucker and the trucking company may be negligent and responsible for the injury and property damage the crash causes.

I am Philip DeBerard, and I am committed to holding truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for the harm they cause through carelessness and negligence. I have more than three decades of experience handling tractor-trailer accidents and personal injury claims in Florida. My expertise as a civil trial lawyer anchors a caring team of attorneys, paralegals and staff that offer personalized, one-on-one legal service. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash caused by a tractor-trailer, semi, flatbed or other 18-wheeler in Florida, an experienced truck accident lawyer will meet with you free of charge and explain your legal options for claiming compensation.

Call 1-800-299-8878 to speak with a truck accident attorney at the law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, or fill out our online contact form.

Identifying Truck Driver Negligence After an Accident

Truck driver negligence takes many forms. By its legal definition, negligence involves the failure on the part of a truck driver or trucking company to exercise reasonable care to avoid a foreseeable accident or injury. What constitutes reasonable care and negligence varies, depending on the circumstances of the accident.

  • A truck driver may exceed the speed limit or drive too fast for road or weather conditions, contributing to a serious crash resulting in injuries to other motorists.
  • A truck driver may tailgate or follow too close behind another motor vehicle, even though heavy trucks require much longer distances to stop safely than cars and pickup trucks. By following too closely, the careless truck driver may be liable for failing to exercise reasonable care to avoid a rear-end collision.
  • A commercial truck driver, trying to meet a delivery deadline, may drive until he is dangerously fatigued, violating hours-of-service limits and posing a hazard to other motorists.
  • A truck driver may be distracted by a map, on-board computer, radio or other electronic device and not be watching the road as he should.

In some cases, a truck driver may be negligent even if the police didn’t initially find the truck at fault in the accident. The truck driver may be driving a vehicle that was overloaded or improperly loaded or poorly maintained, causing a mechanical failure.

Contact a Florida Truck Driver Accident Attorney

I am Florida accident attorney Philip DeBerard. With more than three decades of experience handling truck accidents and personal injury claims, I’m confident our law firm can help you and your family get back on your feet after a serious truck accident.  People injured in truck accidents can demand compensation from the potentially responsible parties, including the truck driver, trucking company, freight shipper and truck equipment maker. We will evaluate your accident to determine all negligent parties to maximize your recovery. We hold negligent truck drivers and trucking companies fully accountable for the harm they cause. Our clients pay no fees unless we win compensation for them.

If you’re looking for an honest, ethical, hardworking lawyer, then you’ll want to talk with Philip DeBerard. At the law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, we pride ourselves on providing personalized, one-on-one attention that other firms fail to deliver. Choosing the right tractor-trailer accident lawyer does make a difference. The law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, represents truck accident victims in Stuart, Okeechobee, Port. St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Jupiter, Vero Beach and across South Florida and the Treasure Coast.

Call 1-800-299-8878 to speak with a skilled South Florida truck accident attorney, or fill out our online contact form.

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