As scary and traumatic as interstate accidents might be, the truth is, most are preventable. While unsafe roadway conditions and inclement weather have been known to contribute to interstate accidents, the main cause of these crashes can be attributed to driver error. In fact, the National Public Radio (NPR) cited that “94 percent of fatal crashes are caused by human error.” From speeding to making unsafe lane changes, motorists are generally to blame for the serious and deadly crashes we hear about and witness that occur on interstates that run through the State of Florida.
If you were involved in an accident with a large truck on Interstate 75 or Interstate 95 near Daytona Beach, FL and are considering filing a lawsuit against the trucker and/or trucking company he or she is employed with, the Daytona Beach, FL accident lawyers at Pappas and Russell, P.A. are here to guide you through the process.
Filing a Lawsuit for the Injuries You Sustained in an Interstate Truck Accident
Not all victims of truck collisions file lawsuits for the injuries they suffered after an accident. Many, however, do when their injuries are serious enough that they impact their ability to live their life as they did prior to the crash. If you think filing a lawsuit is going to help you recognize the trucker for their mistakes and get you the compensation you need, it’s time you speak with an accident attorney in Daytona Beach, FL. A lawyer will not only assist you with gathering the evidence you will need to prove the truck driver was negligent, but they will also increase your chances of securing a favorable outcome in your case.
How do I prove negligence in a truck accident case?
There are a few things you can do that will help you prove the trucker who hit you or a family member was negligent. Legal experts are generally the professionals who handle this, and in most cases, they will do one or more of the following to prove a trucker was negligent in some way:
- Review reports from investigations that were conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board or even the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These investigations will usually highlight the factors that caused or contributed to the accident which can be used to support your case.
- View and gather evidence from dashcam footage. Many trucks are equipped with dash cameras that capture the moments just before and after a collision. This footage may be able to tell whether the trucker was traveling too fast for roadway conditions or what other factors may have played a role in causing it to occur.
- Gather evidence from police reports. There is a lot that can be recovered from the scene of a truck accident, including whether or not the trucker was speeding, failed to stop in a timely manner, etc. This information is usually found in the report that was written up by the responding officer.
Although anyone can file a lawsuit in an effort to recover compensation for the damages/losses they suffered in a truck accident, not all win their case. If you want to ensure you have all that you need to obtain an outcome that is in your favor, let the attorneys at Pappas and Russell, P.A. represent your case.
Pappas and Russell, P.A. is located at:
213 Silver Beach Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32118