Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Prepares for Trucking Accident Trial in September
Tractor-trailers are extremely dangerous for those involved in an accident with one of them. Tragically, a young Pembroke Pines school teacher discovered that the hard way. However, she had the chance to get justice after a devastating crash with an eighteen-wheel semi truck through the efforts of Miami truck accident attorneys Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, who represented her in her pursuit to get the compensation needed to deal with the tragic consequences of this accident.
Our client was driving her Honda Civic on Okeechobee Road/U.S. 27, a four –lane divided highway, in Hialeah, Florida. The driver of the 18-wheeler negligently made a sudden and improper U-turn from the right shoulder of the road, cutting in front of her. The young woman had no time to react and drove underneath the side of the trailer. Her car was totaled beyond repair, and she had to be cut out of her vehicle by a fire rescue team that sped to the scene of the accident. She was airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital and has been treated for traumatic brain injuries and multiple orthopedic injuries. She has been unable to work since the day of the crash and now greatly relies on her family to care for her.
This is just one of the many truck accidents caused by a negligent truck driver. It is a fact that due to the length of a tractor-trailer a semi truck needs a very wide turning radius and must turn slowly.. Frequently, these truck drivers take up many lanes of traffic when making a turn, swinging far into the left lane before turning right. Truck drivers have an obligation to make sure to properly signal their turn and check for other vehicles on the road before making the turn. Often times, a truck driver will not signal the turn. The facts of the case of the former Pembroke Pines teacher were even more egregious than a driver simply neglecting to signal a turn. In this case, the driver made an improper u-turn, which showed a reckless disregard for other people on the road.
When discussing tractor-trailer accidents, a frequent issue that arises is the presence of “blind spots” in tractor-trailers. Most people have heard the phrase, if you cannot see the driver in the side mirror then the driver cannot see you. However, when the driver of this semi-truck tried to make a U-turn from the right shoulder he should have looked to his rear by either turning his head or by using his side view mirrors to see about oncoming traffic. He chose to disregard the safety risks to other drivers and continued with his turn. This terrible decision has insured that our client will spend the remainder of her life depending on her family and those she hires to provide the care that she needs.
In order to fully compensate a victim injured as horrifically as client, the jury can award damages to cover:
· Medical costs that have been incurred, as well as estimated medical treatment needed for the remainder of a victim’s life;
· Money to pay for necessary accommodations and adaptive technologies that are required as a result of the victim’s injuries;
· Compensation for pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability and for the loss of the enjoyment of life; and
· Lost wages, including money that was not paid because of an inability to work in the past and estimated foreseeable future earnings.
Most experienced and well-trained truck drivers understand the size, weight, and especially length of their large trucks and behave in a manner that does not put any other drivers at risk. The actions of the driver who caused the young woman’s accident in this case did were negligent. Consult Knowledgeable Truck Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a negligent truck driver, the skilled Miami truck accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano can help you get the justice that you deserve. Our attorneys have over three decades of experience getting compensation for our client’s terrible injuries. We are active members of APITLA (The Assocation of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America) which is an organization that invites lawyers to be a part of it and which provides seminars on the advance handling of trucking claims. This training has helped our lawyer’s obtain substantial and significant recoveries and verdicts for our client’s. Stewart Greenberg is on the Association’s Florida Advisory committee. In addition, we work with skilled medical experts who understand the intensive and comprehensive treatment that will be necessary for a victim like the former Pembroke Pines teacher for the rest of her life. Our financial analysts can review the education and career track of our clients and estimate the lifetime earnings that would have been enjoyed but for the tragic accident. Our attorneys will work with you to get the damages to which you are entitled and restore the quality of life that you deserve. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, please call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or email us through our website.