A Truck Driver Swerved Out Of His Lane And Into Mine, Causing My Crash. Can I Go After Him Or His Trucking Company For My Damages?
Yes. You should have a claim for damages. We understand that even though you didn’t collide into the truck, the thought of crashing with an 80,000 pound vehicle probably caused you to swerve into another car or object—causing your South Florida crash.
Truck drivers might swerve out of their lanes because there was a hazard or because another car cut them off; however, truck drivers might swerve out of their lanes because they are participating in distracted driving, texting while driving, drowsy driving, or impaired driving.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), impaired driving, which includes driving drowsy, was a factor in over 12 percent of large trucks and bus crashes in 2012. By hiring a lawyer who can request the trucker’s logbooks and review how long he was on the road prior to your crash may determine if he was driving too long and breaking the hours-of-service rules.
For help pursuing your claim for damages and to make sure you have an experienced attorney on your side who will thoroughly investigate your case and fight to get you fair and just compensation, contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to speak with an experienced South Florida accident attorney in a free consultation at 954-677-0155 today.