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Viera Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a car accident in VIera FL or anywhere in Brevard or Orange Counties, car accident lawyer Mario Musil can assist you in recovering for the damages you may have suffered including: property damages, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other compensable economic and non-economic damages.
Very few accidents are really “accidents”. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that one-third of the nation’s fatal accidents involve drunk drivers. One-third involves speeding. As many as 20 percent involve driver distraction. And many accidents involve more than one poor driving decision.
A Viera Car Accident Lawyer will work with investigators and other professionals to determine the causes of your accident and who is responsible. We will then assemble the team best able to fight for the maximum compensation your case deserves under the law.
Car Accidents in Viera FL, Melbourne, Cocoa, Titusville and the surrounding area may involve a number of facts and circumstances, including:
- Drunk Driving
- Defective Vehicles
- Distracted Driving
- Speeding Accidents
- Aggressive Driving/Road Rage
- Uninsured Motorist/Underinsured Motorist
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Rollover Accidents
- Parking Lot Accidents
Brevard Truck Accident Lawyer
Trucking accidents make up a very specialized are of car accident injury law. This is because large commercial trucks and the businesses that utilize them are subject to many regulations and laws that do not apply to private vehicles. As a result, if a person is injured or killed due to a crash with a commercial vehicle (such as a semi tractor trailer rig), it is very important to hire trucking accident attorneys who are familiar with the requirements which must be met by trucking companies. Crucial evidence can be forever lost if certain steps are not taken to ensure its preservation. Furthermore, there are sources of vital information which a trucking accident attorney who is knowledgeable in this field will be able to obtain. A Brevard County Truck Accident Lawyer can assist you and your family in recovering damages caused by a tractor trailer accident
The Causes of Truck Accidents
Crashes involving large commercial vehicles happen for a number of reasons, and many people feel our country’s government does not do enough to regulate and monitor the safety requirements of truck drivers, and the companies they work for. The trucking industry is a giant cog in the gears that keep America moving, and supplied with goods that affect all of our daily lives. Their lobbyists have been accused of persuading Congress and its transportation regulators to resist passing new, tougher safety standards and rules, and to reduce current trucking firm safety requirements.
In 2015, Congress attempted many efforts to reduce the overall safety improvements demanded by federal regulators. Some of those efforts included:
- Suspending a rule requiring drivers take a 34-hour break over the course of 2 nights before they begin their next work week
- Lobbied the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to resist the investment into wireless technology meant to monitor drivers and their vehicles
- Lobbied to allow truck drivers to be on the job up to 82 hours per week, an increase from the current 70 hours over an 8-day period
- Reducing the minimum age for drivers of large commercial vehicles allowed to conduct interstate travel to 18 from the current 21 years of age
- Limit or reduce the restrictions on allowing heavier and larger trucks on the road
Large Trucks pose a Danger to the driving public.
Anyone who drives here in the Brevard County area is all too familiar with the dangers of sharing the road with dump trucks, semi-tractor trailers and other huge commercial vehicles. We often drive in fear for your life when we are surrounded by these massive vehicles. Interstate 95 (I 95) has become filled with multiple daily accidents just along Brevard County, not to mention the rest of the State of Florida.
Truck drivers, and the people they work for, all make money by getting to a certain place by a certain time, delivering their goods and then heading back, (hopefully with a full return load), just to do it all over again. There is no greater commodity in the trucking or logistics business than time – the faster the truck makes it to its destination, the faster they can get back on the road for the next trip, and the more money they make. Not a difficult formula.
In order to make more money, drivers are often encouraged to push themselves in order to make a deadline, and that involves not following the regulated safety requirements of how many hours they are allowed to be behind the wheel. This results in extreme driver fatigue, one of the leading causes of serious truck crashes. A large number of bad truck crashes are rear-enders, where a big truck slams into the rear of a passenger car or another truck on the roadway. This often happens when a driver dozes off at the wheel.
Another primary cause of large truck accidents is distracted driving. Truckers are in constant need of communicating with their employer, and are supposed to keep continual electronic logs of their trips. This can mean they are often paying attention to something other than the road in front of them.
Other causes of truck crashes:
- Unsecured cargo
- Aggressive driving
- Excessive speed
- Poor or non-existent truck safety maintenance and repair
- Overloaded cargo
Even though heavy trucks account for approximately 10% of vehicles on America’s roads, they are involved in about 1 out of every 8 of total accident fatalities nationwide.
There are generally three sets of laws and regulations that apply in a Truck Accident Case:
Having a Melbourne Florida Truck Accident lawyer that is knowledgeable with all three areas of laws and regulation will help ensure the best recovery in your truck accident case.
Call a Truck Accident Lawyer in Melbourne FL at 321 252 4396 to discuss your case today.
It is very important that your Truck Accident Case be investigated and properly addressed as soon as possible. A prompt response to a motor vehicle accident and immediately beginning to collect and retain information can make all the difference in litigation that arises out of a motor vehicle accident. A well-documented accident scene and the preservation of data from the involved vehicles may allow the insurance companies and/or attorneys who represent the involved parties to effectively determine liability and evaluate bodily injury claims, which can lead to a quick resolution. A lack of information can result in years of unnecessary litigation.
Having a Truck Accident Attorney at the very beginning of a Truck Accident case can help preserve crucial evidence that help make a stronger case for recovery. An accident scene is replete with evidence that may be useful in determining what occurred. The physical evidence that can be gathered at the scene is much less malleable than any witness testimony, and may be useful in presenting an account of what happened prior to, during, and after vehicles have made contact with one another.
Drivers, investigating officers, and/or retained experts at the scene should document any tire marks, gouge marks, other road marks, fluid spills, and debris left by any of the vehicles. These items may allowing reconstruction experts to determine speeds, directions of travel, loss of control, and various other components of what occurred during the course of a collision that may not otherwise be available. Photographing or taking video of the final resting places of the vehicles after the accident gives a definitive starting point for reverse-engineering an accident. Documenting the damage sustained to the involved vehicles allows parties to make further determinations related to crush force, velocity, and the directions of travel of the vehicles throughout the course of impact. The conditions of the tires on the involved vehicles should likewise be documented in order to help determine the amount of friction that was occurring between the tire and the roadway. For commercial vehicles, photos of tires may help determine whether the tires were in compliance with Department of Transportation equipment regulations.
Some of the other types of crucial evidence in a Truck Accident Case that a A Melbourne FL car accident lawyer can use in your case may be:
Black Box Features and Information
An increasing percentage of both personal and commercial vehicles on the roadway record and store downloadable data. Some vehicles contain multiple data recorders. Depending on the system, the available data may be limited to such primitive information as whether or not the airbag deployed. In the case of more advanced systems (i.e., VORAD), the recorded data reflects not only information about the vehicle in which it is installed, but also radar records of the vehicle’s surroundings.
A person with the appropriate equipment can download the data and gain a more complete perspective of what happened prior to and at the time of the collision. In many electronic control modules installed on commercial vehicles,when an occurrence triggers the module, it will record and retain information for sixty (60) seconds prior to and after the triggering occurrence.
Vehicles that have electronic control modules or other “black box” recorders should either have the module removed or downloaded prior to the vehicle being put back into service. There are very specific, individualized protocols that should be followed in downloading the data from these records.
Cell Phone Records
Cell phone records can be an integral part of any case involving a motor vehicle accident. In some instances, records of phone calls, text messages, and data usage can give clear indications of a driver’s behavior before, during, and after an accident. However, some information is only available for a limited period of time. For example, most cellular service providers only maintain the contents of text messages for a period of 30-90 days, after which the provider will only have records of to or from whom messages were sent/received and at what time. Data usage records can be limited in that most current phones are capable of passively uploading and downloading data without any input from the user; thus, a showing of data transfer at a particular moment does not indicate that a person was actively operating his phone at a given moment.
Many commercial vehicles are being equipped with on-board video recorders (i.e., DriveCam), which function similarly to electronic control modules, in that pre-programmed occurrences will trigger the video recorder to retain footage. Typically video recorders are installed inside the cab pointing outward, although some recorders also have cameras that record the interior of the cab. Typically, the motor carrier does not own the data that is recorded, and it must be obtained from a third party that maintains the recordings. Of all the recent technological innovations for motor vehicles, none has a greater potential to establish or alleviate potential liability as on-board video recorders, particularly in cases that would otherwise be he-said-she-said affairs.
A quick response to a motor vehicle accident can make all the difference in preserving and obtaining evidence that may otherwise be lost. Tire marks and debris will be gone within a matter of hours or days. Data stored in vehicles and on-board electronic devices can be overwritten if a vehicle is started without the data having first been downloaded. Witnesses can change addresses and phone numbers without notice. A party’s recollection of an accident changes and falters with each passing day. Documents may only be retained for a matter of months. Whereas a prompt response to a motor vehicle accident and immediate efforts to collect and retain information may allow the parties to effectively determine liability and evaluate claims.
Viera Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
There are many factors that can cause a motorcycle crash, and some natural situations that make some parts of Florida more dangerous for bikers than others. 94% of people hurt in bike crashes are Florida residents. With our abundance of great weather and plenty of motorcycle-friendly roads in the Sunshine State, it’s no wonder that bike enthusiasts are cruising Florida in large numbers.
A motorcycle crash can happen under a wide variety of circumstances. A distracted driver, a drunk driver or a motorist that simply does not see the motorcycle often strikes a biker. The most common, non-fatal injury sustained in a bike crash is a fracture, followed by internal organ injuries. Although there are many variables that may dictate how severe an injury one might suffer, motorcycle accidents can cause a limb amputation, severe “road rash” injuries, life-long disfigurement, traumatic brain damage and many other horrific results. Additionally, you may be unable to return to work and earn a living to support your family, and the related medical costs and continual rehabilitation can ruin a family. When your life has been turned upside down after a bike accident, the hiring of the right motorcycle accident attorney can be critical.
Investigative research and tireless discovery will be your best defense should you go to trial as a result of your injuries, and our thorough understanding of every facet of Florida motor vehicle accident law is the core of our support in standing up for your rights under the law.
Having the right Motorcycle accident attorney on your side can help you and your family recover the expenses and damages caused by an accident.