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Truck Accidents

The Miami Truck Accident Lawyers at Shaked Law Firm have represented numerous families that have been victimized by driver negligence, truck malfunction or defect, or in wrongful death accidents. Our Miami Truck Accident Team can get your family the compensation that you deserve!

There are many ways you can get into a truck accident, not just colliding with another vehicle. The following list compiles common accident dangers drivers can encounter on the open road:

Trailer Disconnect / Runaway Trailers

When a trailer disconnects from the cab of a truck, disaster is inevitable. Florida state law reads:

Trailers including those homemade contraptions being towed on Florida’s streets, roads and highways are required to have 1.) A trailer hitch and safety chains/cables capable of handling the weight being towed. 2.) It must have lights, stop lights, and turn signals. 3.) And depending on its weight it will require brakes on one or more axles. Further information can be obtained by checking the Florida Statutes on Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 State Uniform Traffic Control.

Overloaded Trucks and Falling Debris

Truck Accidents in Miami are relatively common; and sometimes, those accidents are caused by overloaded trucks. Our Miami Accident Attorneys specialize in Truck Accident Litigation and can help your family get compensation for medical bills and life disruption.

According to the personal injury attorneys at Shaked Law Firm in Miami, here are the common dangers associated with unbalanced, unsecured or overloaded truck cargo:

  • An overweight truck can cause tire blowout.
  • Overloaded trucks have a higher center of gravity.
  • Blowouts are most common in an overweight truck.
  • When cargo is unsecured, it can shift and roll off the truck. Items can be heavy; steel beams, concrete drain pipes and logs. Construction equipment that is not properly chained can also fall from low-rise trailers.

Truck cargo accidents, like truck accidents caused by driver fatigue, poor vehicle maintenance, and unsafe road conditions, may also be the fault of more than one party. Truckers, trucking companies and cargo owners may be held accountable and liable for your injuries from a truck cargo accident.

Truck Accidents in Miami – Defective Equipment

18-wheelers and other types of big trucks are complex pieces of equipment. Frequent and thorough inspections help to make sure tha tall of the parts are functional before a driver gets on the road for a long drive on the highway. Here are some examples of defective equipment:

  • Defective tires
  • Malfunctioning lighting
  • Underride guard failure
  • Malfunctioning turn signals
  • Faulty windshield wipers
  • Defective steering systems
  • Defective braking systems

Defective Brakes from Trucking Accidents in South Florida

Defective breaks are the result of many miles of poor maintenance. The Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations requires truckers to inspect their brakes every day and note any problems in their daily log. Truck companies often fail to replace worn brake shoes or pads or fail to inspect air lines and mechanical systems, which can create problems with brake imbalance.

Defective Tires

Defective tires are a common cause of truck accidents. Tire failure often occurs on a semi, big rig, or 18-wheeler truck to the negligence of proper tire inspection and maintenance. A truck’s tires warrant special attention by the trucker whether to prepare for a long-haul route across US highways or a shorter trip on municipal roads.

Truck Accident Lawyers in Miami

If you are a loved one was hurt or killed in a Truck crash, call the Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at the Shaked Law Firm. We have helped clients from the communities of Miami, Hollywood, Miami Gardens, Homestead, North Miami Beach, Wilton Manors, Pompano, Hallandale, Edgewater, Miami Shores, Weston, Florida City, Fort Lauderdale, South Miami, as well as many other neighborhoods in South Florida.

Call us today for a free consultation: 877.529.0080

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