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In most cases, if you are injured in a trucking accident, you will file a car accident claim with your car insurance company. However, if your accident took place while you were on the job or performing a job duty, you may have a workers’ compensation claim.

Photo from: James G. Howes

Photo from: James G. Howes

For example, if you drive a delivery truck as part of your job or if you are asked by your employer to drive a company truck as part of your duties, you may have a workers’ compensation claim if you are in an accident while performing this duty and end up suffering injuries. Continue reading →

Being in a car crash in Homestead or anywhere in southern Florida is a devastating event – one that can have a long-term effect on someone’s financial situation, health, and life. Traditionally, we speak of trucking accidents, but a growing number of trucking advocates say we need to change the terminology.

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Since human error is the leading cause of most traffic accidents in Homestead and across the country, many advocates would like to see us refer to truck accidents as truck crashes or truck collisions instead. They argue that the term accident makes it appear that these incidents are not preventable or that they occur for no particular reason. Some advocates claim that calling trucking crashes collisions or crashes emphasizes the fact that many of these incidents are preventable.

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Statistically, a truck driver is less likely to have caused a car accident when compared with a passenger car driver. If you have been in a truck accident, it is important to consider whether another passenger car driver cut in front of the truck or performed another maneuver that resulted in your accident and injuries. If so, they may be the at-fault driver.

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The difficulty of proving third-party driver liability

Unfortunately, even if a third-party driver caused your accident, it can be difficult to prove. A nearby driver may even drive away after your collision, claiming they were not part of the accident. Even if they stay, law-enforcement may place the blame on you or on the truck driver – even if the crash was not your fault.

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If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident in Hollywood or anywhere in South Florida, one of the questions you will need to address almost immediately is whether you want to pursue a legal claim or file an insurance report. In fact, before you have even handled all of the medical issues resulting from your injuries, the insurance company or the attorneys representing the driver or the trucking company may get in touch with you and may want you to make a statement or sign some documents.

It’s important not to do this without getting a legal consultation.

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If you have been injured in a truck accident in Hollywood or anywhere in South Florida, you may want to speak to an attorney. Even if you have excellent vehicle accident coverage, you may need legal help if you want to pursue a fair settlement or if you decide to launch a legal claim. The right attorney can build a strong case, can represent you, and can handle the details of your claim.

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The best Hollywood truck accident attorney for you may not be the right attorney for another case. That’s because every case and plaintiff is different. What works in one situation may not work in another, so to find the best solution for you, look for:

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Trucking collisions in Hollywood, Miami, and other South Florida cities can be extremely expensive. That’s why you might be relying on your insurance to help cover your costs after a collision. Even with excellent coverage, though, you might find yourself worried about money. For many people in this situation, financial distress is just as much of an issue as physical pain stemming from injuries.

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If you have been injured in a truck accident in Tamarac or anywhere in South Florida, you will want to determine fault very quickly. Determining fault is important for a few reasons. First, it helps you determine who you can pursue for fair compensation. Secondly, it helps clear your name if you have been accused of causing the collision.

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Often, it can be difficult to determine who exactly was at fault in a collision. In many crashes, the events take place within seconds or fractions of a second. You may not have enough time to notice exactly what chain of events occurred. In addition, some of the causes of an accident can be hidden from you. For example, you may not know that the truck driver in question has been on the road for 24 hours and was driving fatigued. Similarly, you have no way of knowing without a full investigation whether the truck was properly maintained or whether any of the truck parts suffered from a mechanical defect that caused your accident.

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Chain reaction or multiple vehicle collisions are terrifying. You’ve probably seen them on the news, complete with emergency teams and dramatic rescues. Since these collisions have multiple points of impact, there are more chances for passengers to be seriously injured. Some passengers even get trapped in the wreckage if many cars are involved.

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If you ever find yourself in a multiple vehicle collision in Hollywood or Florida, there are a few things that you can do to increase your chances of survival:

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It can be terrifying enough to be involved in a trucking collision if you are at home. However, if you are traveling in Miami or Florida at the time of your accident, the claims process can be even more confusing. Where can you turn for medical attention or advice? How can you file a claim when you are not at home? What happens if the driver is also from out-of-state?

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The Miami truck accident attorneys at Flaxman Law Group have been helping injured people in the South Florida area for years. A common situation we encounter involves visitors who are injured while traveling to Florida for a vacation or for business. In these cases, injured parties often face quite a bit of stress. They don’t know where to turn and how to pursue their cases, especially after they return home. We offer services to people from out of state who have been injured as well as local residents who have been injured by out-of-state truck drivers.

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Commercial truck drivers do a great deal more than simply deliver cargo for clients. Their intensive training and strict licensing means that they have the driving skills and experience to stop many truck and car collisions in Miami and other Florida cities. Truck drivers also act as eyes on the road, stopping criminal behavior on the road and at truck stops.

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Truck Drivers Work to Prevent Traffic Collisions

Most truck drivers have more training and on-the-road experience than passenger car drivers. In some cases, this means that drivers of big rigs and tractor trailers can act quickly to avoid a collision. Truckers may be able to predict a dangerous maneuver and evade a collision. They are also trained in crash avoidance techniques. When other motorists drive unsafely around trucks, they put everyone at risk. In some cases, it is only the quick thinking of truckers that can prevent tragedy.

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