Truck Accidents

 

Truck Driver Errors
West Palm Beach Fatal Truck Accident Attorneys
West Palm Beach Distracted Truck Driver Accident Lawyers
Florida DUI Truck Driver Accident Attorneys
Florida Truck Driver Fatigue Accident Attorneys

Car accidents and truck accidents share many similarities. Either may be caused by speeding, reckless driving or failing to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles on the roadway. There are, however, certain conditions inherent in the driving of a truck that distinguish truck accidents from other vehicle collisions.

For example, the braking system on a semi tractor-trailer is different from that of a car. Heavy trucks use compressed air to make the brakes work. Although air brakes are a safe way to stop large vehicles, it takes one-half second or more for the air to flow through the lines to the brakes, which impacts the stopping distance for the vehicle. The air brake lag distance at 55 mph on dry pavement adds about 32 feet to the stopping distance. A truck driver traveling 55 mph under good traction and brake conditions must contend with a total stopping distance of over 300 feet, a distance longer than a football field. The additional time required to slow or stop a large truck impacts the speed at which the truck may be safely driven and the awareness the truck driver must have for the condition of traffic on the roadway.


Mistakes made by the driver of a passenger vehicle that averages around 3,000 pounds can result in serious injuries to other drivers and their passengers. Mistakes made by drivers of 18-wheelers, which average closer to 80,000 pounds, the potential for serious injury goes up dramatically. In an accident between a passenger vehicle and a commercial truck, the most serious injuries almost always happen to the occupants of the passenger vehicle.

 


Truck Driver Errors

The Florida truck driver errors accident attorneys at the law firm of William E Johnson, PA have helped countless clients to recover the compensation they deserve after a serious trucking accident. We seek full recovery for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost income and earning capacity, medical bills, future care and property damage.
Our attorneys recovered a $1 million award for the death of a 18-year-old involved in an automobile accident on an interstate highway. The victim's death resulted from a negligent truck driver's failure to maintain an appropriate speed.


The injuries you suffer as a result of truck driver error can be extremely serious and could result in a lifetime of hardship. We understand the value of the claim in these cases, and we know the best approach to protecting your rights. We know all the benefits provided to trucking accident victims, and we diligently pursue the best possible outcome for each client.


We have experience handling a wide variety of truck driver error cases, including:
Reckless driving
Failure to maintain a proper speed
Following too close
Drunk driving
Unsecured load
Driver fatigue
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) violations

Discuss Your Trucking Error Accident Claim With a Lawyer
Contact our West Palm Beach office to schedule a free consultation to speak with one of our 18-wheeler error attorneys about your case. We will give you an honest assessment of your claim and explain your legal options. You can reach us by phone at 561-832-4848 or via e-mail.

Every case we accept is handled on a contingency basis, so you won't be charged any attorney's fees unless we win.

 


West Palm Beach Fatal Truck Accident Attorneys

The loss of a loved one in a tragic accident is devastating, regardless of the specific situation. In a fatal truck accident, however, you have legal options to help you and your family recover. Your insurance company may tell you that it can help negotiate a favorable settlement, but it pays to have the counsel and guidance of an experienced lawyer on your side throughout the process.


At William E Johnson, P.A., we can add efficiency and resourcefulness to the difficult situation you have been thrust into. We have decades of experience handling the technicalities and intricacies of wrongful death accident claims. We can handle all communications with insurance companies and launch an independent investigation to discover the true cause of the accident that caused the death.
We work with experts to establish the full value of your case, rather than the initial value insurers apply to your case, which is just an effort to minimize their costs and fulfill their best interests. We hold truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for their negligence.


Pursuing Your Best Interests and the Compensation You Deserve
Our attorneys work with our full-time, on staff investigator — a former career police officer — and two paralegals to collect, document and preserve evidence in your case. We closely examine logbooks, records of weigh station check-ins, freight loading procedures and more to thoroughly cover every angle that may have caused the tragic loss of your loved one.


If your loved one sustained fatal injuries following an accident with an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer, the legal team at William E Johnson, PA, P.A., can aggressively pursue your full compensation and protect your rights. We will help you cope with your loss, and we will build a case that can provide for your future, pursuing losses such as:
Loss of love, companionship, affection, solace, moral support and consortium of the decedent (if the spouse is a claimant)
Loss of future income earnings and other financial support
Value of household services the decedent would have provided in the future
Medical expenses
Funeral costs

Contact Our Florida Truck Accident Wrongful Death Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the West Palm Beach fatal truck accident lawyers at William E Johnson, P.A. Call us at 561-832-4848. We are dedicated to ensuring your rights are protected.

 


West Palm Beach Distracted Truck Driver Accident Lawyers

Fatigued and/or inattentive truck drivers pose significant danger to themselves and every other road user. Whether distracted by a cellphone, other passengers or a company dispatch radio, distracted truck drivers control 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, construction trucks and other commercial trucks that weigh multiple tons and have minimal stopping power.


At the law firm of William E Johnson, P.A., our attorneys have decades of experience crafting customized strategies and successfully resolving challenging truck accident cases. If you have been injured or a loved one has perished because of the negligence of a distracted truck driver, consulting with a knowledgeable and resourceful personal injury lawyer should be your next step.


Dedicated Representation | In-Depth Investigation
We have a full-time investigator — a former career police officer — and two paralegals on staff who collect, document and preserve evidence for each motor vehicle case we handle. We obtain witness accounts, consult with experts and fully examine all aspects of your case. Sometimes, it is the trucking company itself that is at fault for the truck driver's negligence.
Trucking companies often work with particularly strong legal teams and have extensive resources to defend themselves from personal injury liability claims due to the high risk associated with their business. It is critical that you work with a lawyer who has the skills and tactfulness to prepare your case for any situation in litigation and in negotiation.


We will examine the driver's background for prior violations, analyze logbooks, and gather any available information from GPS units or event data recorders. Our approach follows every lead in order to exhaust all possible explanations and to build the strongest possible case to support your claim in pursuit of your maximum compensation, including:
Medical expenses
Pain and suffering
Lost wages
Future losses
Punitive damages, in cases of egregious negligence
Contact Our Florida 18-Wheeler Semi-Truck Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the West Palm Beach distracted truck driver accident attorneys at William E Johnson, P.A. Call us at 561-832-4848. We are dedicated to ensuring your rights are protected.

 


Florida DUI Truck Driver Accident Attorneys
West Palm Beach Semi-Trailer Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
When truck drivers make the decision to get behind the wheel when they are intoxicated, they put everyone else on the road with them at risk of serious injury. Big rigs require every ounce of the driver's skill and attention to operate safely under normal conditions. When drivers attempt to operate them after having a few drinks, the results can be catastrophic.
Under federal law, commercial truck drivers can be considered intoxicated if they have a blood alcohol level of .04 or more, compared to regular motorists whose limit is .08. If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by a truck driver who was under the influence of alcohol, it is critical that you seek the advice of a reputable personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Fighting for Your Rights and the Safety of Others
The Florida DUI trucking accident attorneys at the law firm of William E Johnson, PA dedicate their entire practice to protecting the rights of people who have suffered serious or fatal injuries. We have extensive experience with these cases, and we are committed to pursuing every available option in an effort to protect your rights.
Our firm has a reputation for advocacy beyond the rights of our client. We have been involved in many cases whose outcomes have created fundamental changes in the way companies do business. We fight aggressively to secure maximum compensation for our clients, but we don't stop there. We send a message to negligent truck drivers and their employers that doing business in a way that compromises the safety of the public will not be tolerated.
Discuss Your DWI Truck Accident Injuries With a Lawyer
Contact our office to schedule a free consultation to speak with one of our Florida drunk driving trucking accident attorneys about your case. We will give you an honest assessment of your claim and explain your legal options. You can reach us by phone at 561-832-4848 or via e-mail.

Every case we accept is handled on a contingency basis, so you won't be charged any attorney's fees unless we win.

 


Florida Truck Driver Fatigue Accident Attorneys

West Palm Beach Trucking Accident Injury Attorneys
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has specific requirements in place that govern how much sleep a commercial truck driver is required to have depending on the number of hours he or she is behind the wheel. When they fail to abide by those requirements, they put themselves and everyone else on the road in danger.
If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident that was caused by a fatigued truck driver, you should seek the advice of a qualified personal injury lawyer right away. At the law firm of William E Johnson, PA our Florida truck driver fatigue accident attorneys have extensive experience successfully resolving even the most challenging commercial trucking accident cases.
Holding All Negligent Parties Accountable
In every case, we seek to maximize your recovery and to hold all negligent parties accountable for their part in the injuries you have suffered. In many cases, there are additional parties that can share in the liability beyond the driver. The driver's employer, the owner of the truck and other parties should all be considered when investigating these cases.
As part of our investigation, we will look into the driver's background for prior violations, check logbooks and gather any available information from GPS units or event data recorders. We take an exhaustive approach to our investigations and follow every lead in order to build the strongest possible case to support your claim for damages.


Discuss Your Truck Accident Injuries With a Lawyer
Contact our office to schedule a free consultation to speak with one of our Florida trucking accident attorneys about your case. We will give you an honest assessment of your claim and explain your legal options. You can reach us by phone at 561-832-4848 or via e-mail.


Every case we accept is handled on a contingency basis, so you won't be charged any attorney's fees unless we win.