Truck Accident Attorney in West Palm Beach

The knowledgeable West Palm Beach truck accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston have extensive experience and a history of success in settlement negotiations and litigation. We can advise you about your legal rights if you or a member of your family has been involved in a large truck crash.

While many truckers strive to perform their job in a safe manner, collisions can and clearly do still happen. When an accident is caused by the negligence of a trucker, a trucking company, or another party, a person who is injured has a right to seek compensation in the form of monetary damages. If a family loses a loved one in a truck crash, there is also the possibility of pursuing damages through a wrongful death lawsuit.

At Donaldson & Weston, we have extensive experience in both wrongful death and personal injury cases involving auto accidents of varying complexity. For a free consultation, call 561-299-3999.

Our West Palm Beach Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help You Prove Negligence

The term “negligence” has a specific legal meaning under tort law. Someone is considered negligent if they cause harm to another person because of their failure to use reasonable care. Our attorneys can help you establish that the duty of care was breached.

The term “reasonable care” is defined as the degree of caution that would have been exercised by an ordinarily prudent person under similar circumstances. Negligence cases consist of four elements: duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and damages. The burden on the plaintiff in a civil lawsuit such as a negligence case is to prove each element by a preponderance of the evidence.

There are many ways in which truckers and trucking companies may be found negligent. For truckers, some of the most common forms of negligence include fatigued or drowsy driving, speeding, distracted driving (such as texting or other use of electronics), or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Trucking companies may be held liable for the careless acts of their employees through the doctrine of respondeat superior, or "vicarious liability," and they may also be found negligent in their own right for negligent hiring, failure to train employees, or a refusal to comply with state or federal regulations regarding rest periods, the maximum number of hours behind the wheel each week, and other matters.

Call 561-299-3999 to Speak with a Truck Accident Lawyer

Our truck accident lawyers in West Palm Beach have a track record of success taking on motor carriers and their insurance companies. To meet with one of our lawyers in a free, no-obligation case review, call 561-299-3999.