Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Attorney
Stephen Morse is a Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Lawyer. Mr. Morse handles all types of truck accident, crash and wreck cases in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Miami, Miami-Dade County, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, South Florida, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and throughout Florida. The types of truck accident cases Mr. Morse handles include: garbage trucks, dump trucks, semi tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, big rigs, fire trucks, 18-wheelers tow trucks, pick-up trucks, car carriers, flatbed trucks, U-haul trucks, and ambulances.
Stephen Morse handles truck accident cases that occur for all different types of reasons – including jackknife accidents, rear-end accidents, head-on collisions, t-bone accidents, blind spot crashes, and wide-turn wrecks. Mr. Morse also works on truck accident cases that occur due to mechanical, equipment or structural failures. These include rollover accidents, tire blowouts, brake failures, truck overloading, unsecured load and lost load accidents.
If you are hurt in a truck accident happening anywhere in Florida, contact Stephen Morse at 954-560-3063 for a free, no obligation consultation. Should you hire Mr. Morse to represent you in your case, there will be no charge to you unless a recovery is made and you receive compensation from your case.
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If you are injured in a truck accident occurring anyplace in Florida, you should contact this Fort Lauderdale Truck Accident Law Firm immediately. This is because truck accident cases involve a highly specialized area of the law. There are all sorts of regulations and laws that regulate trucking. For example, truck drivers are required to keep driver’s logs demonstrating that they’ve taken certain numbers of hours of rest for every hour driven (i.e., truck drivers are only allowed to drive so long, and certain numbers of hours of rest are required). Stephen Morse will be able to get the driver’s logs in your case to determine if the truck driver that caused the accident had been driving for too long, hadn’t gotten enough rest and was tired. If the driver was tired at the time of the accident or fell asleep, that would be considered negligence on the part of the truck driver. If the trucking company was supposed to supervise the trucker’s hours and didn’t (for example, if driver’s logs were required to be kept, but weren’t), then this could be considered negligence on the part of the trucking company (i.e., negligent supervision) and can give liability to the trucking company.
Additionally, there are regulations and laws on trucks’ maximum load allowances. That is, trucks are only allowed to carry so much cargo and weigh so much. If a truck weights too much and this weight contributes to causing your accident, carrying the excessive weight can be considered negligence on the part of the truck driver and/or trucking company.
If your accident is caused by loose debris falling off of a truck, it will be important to determine if the truck that dropped the debris was carrying more cargo that it was supposed to. If it was carrying an excessive load, the excessive cargo is what caused the debris to fall onto the road and the excessive cargo caused your accident – then carrying the excessive cargo could be considered negligence on the part of the truck driver or trucking company.
Moreover, if a truck is towing a trailer or another vehicle, there are regulations and laws on the required signage and warnings that the truck must exhibit (for example, trucks may be required to exhibit certain lights, flags or signs saying things like “Stay Back”).
Trucks are complicated vehicles and can require a lot of maintenance. If they aren’t properly maintained by their driver, owner or trucking company and this improper maintenance contributes to your crash in some way, then this improper maintenance can be considered negligence on the part of the driver, owner and/or trucking company.
Truck drivers are required to be properly trained and can require additional licenses to drive certain trucks. If the driver of the truck involved in your accident was not properly trained and this improper training contributed in some way to your accident, then this improper training can be considered negligence (i.e., “negligent training”) on the part of the trucking company or the driver’s employer.
Finally, oftentimes drivers who should not be driving trucks end up driving them. For example, trucking companies may hire drivers without doing proper background checks (for instance, the trucking company may miss the fact that one of their drivers has prior DUI’s or felony convictions). If this happens and the truck driver’s poor driving causes your accident, then the trucking company’s negligent hiring can be considered reckless and can give liability to the trucking company.
If the truck driver does bad things while on the job (for example, getting DUI’s while driving the truck or committing felonies) and the trucking company keeps him on the job instead of firing him, this can be considered “negligent retention” and can create liability for the trucking company as well.
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Truck accidents oftentimes involve “roll-overs.” That is, trucks can be manufactured top-heavy and can be prone to roll-over. If this occurs and you are injured as a result, your case would be against the manufacturer that designed and/or built the truck too top-heavy.
Stephen Morse handles all types of truck accidents occurring all over Florida. These include: rear-end truck accidents, head-on collisions, t-bone accidents, sideswipe accidents, and side-impact accidents.
Stephen Morse also works on cases involving truck crashes caused by all sorts of reasons. These include drunk driving, intoxicated driving and other alcohol and drug related accidents, accidents involving texting and driving and other cell phone use, distracted driving accidents, and accidents caused by defective roadway construction.
Stephen Morse also handles cases involving crashes caused by defective truck equipment or design. This can include defective tires, airbag defects, defective seatbelts, and defective children’s, kids’ and baby car seats.
Sometimes truck accidents can be caused by defective roadway construction or design. This occurs when a road or highway is designed or constructed in such a way that makes it dangerous for travelling vehicles and thus causes an accident.
Finally, Stephen Morse handles cases involving hit-and-run accidents, multiple-car and vehicle pile-ups, accidents that caused injuries to passengers, and road-rage accidents.
The statute of limitations for a truck wreck case in Florida is four years. This means that you have four years to file a lawsuit after a truck crash in the State of Florida, so time is of the essence for you to contact a truck accident lawyer and initiate a case.
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Another thing to consider in a truck crash is the vehicle’s black box. Many trucks are equipment with black boxes that store information about the truck’s speed and direction at the time of the wreck. The black box can thus reveal valuable information about the accident and who caused it. It will be important for Stephen Morse to try to obtain the black box during the pendency of your case.
Should you be injured in a truck accident happening anywhere in Florida, contact this Broward County Truck Accident Attorney at 954-560-3063. Stephen Morse will give you a free, no obligation consultation. Mr. Morse will not get paid until you’ve received compensation from your case.