Defective Roadways and Truck Accidents

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Have you been injured in a truck accident that you believe was caused by a defective roadway? A truck accident attorney experienced in road defect cases can help you understand your legal rights and options in order to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

The Cochran Firm South Florida has the manpower and resources necessary to fight difficult truck accident cases and win. We have people on our staff who are adept at reconstructing the accident scene, and our attorneys will gather evidence to clearly demonstrate the cause of your accident. We will fight aggressively to hold all negligent parties accountable for their actions.

Every defective roadway case is unique, and the location of the accident will determine who is responsible for maintaining safe road conditions. If your accident occurred on a highway, you may file a claim against the Florida Department of Transportation. If your accident occurred on a city- or county-maintained roadway, then you may file a claim against the local government responsible for road maintenance. In some cases, you may be able to bring a claim against more than one party. This is common when the accident was partially caused by the truck driver and a defective road condition.

Please contact the experienced Miami, Florida truck accident attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule your free initial consultation.

Jackknife Truck Accidents

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Jackknife truck accidents occur when a semi-truck’s trailer swings outward.  There are two types of jackknife truck accidents: classic and tandem trailer jackknife accidents.

A classic jackknife occurs when the cap of the truck spins into the trailer. This usually happens when a truck driver slams on the brakes, and the brakes cannot recover in time to stop the trailer from swinging out.

Tandem trailer jackknife truck accidents occur when there are two trailers behind a cab and the rear tandem trailer locks up prior to the drive axle tandems or the front axle.

Jackknife truck accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries. As a result, it is important to drive carefully around semi-trucks in order to anticipate a jack-knife accident before you are involved in it.

If you have been injured in a jackknife truck accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. The experienced truck accident lawyers at The Cochran Firm South Florida have been helping injured victims for years, and we will fight aggressively to ensure your rights are protected.

Please contact the Florida truck accident attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation.

Rollover Auto Accidents

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

By far the deadliest risk facing SUV and minivan occupants is a rollover car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 280,000 rollover accidents are reported each year, claiming more than 10,000 lives.

In 2007, 35.7% of fatal SUV crashes were caused by a rollover accident. That same year, just 15.8% of fatal passenger car accidents were caused by a rollover accident. What this statistic points out is the fact that SUVs are much more likely to rollover than vehicles with a lower center of gravity. Compounding the issue is the fact that SUVs often carry heavy loads, which make them even more top-heavy and therefore more likely to be involved in rollover accidents.

Rollover accidents are directly related to a vehicle’s stability in turns. A high center of gravity can make a vehicle unstable in fast turns or sharp changes of direction, increasing the odds that the vehicle will tip over once it begins to skid sideways. The problem is worst in 4-wheel-drive pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles which have a higher center of gravity for off-road driving.

If you have been injured in a rollover accident, please contact the Miami car accident lawyers at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a confidential consultation.

Elderly Drivers and Car Accidents

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

There has been increasing rhetoric in recent years claiming that elderly people are more likely to be unsafe drivers. These claims have led some states to even require retesting for elderly drivers as a condition to renew their license.

The data analyzing the driving records of elderly people has been inconclusive, and it is still not entirely clear whether they are more likely than other drivers to get into a car accident. Consequently, the backlash against elderly drivers has stirred considerable controversy across the country.

Proponents of retesting elderly drivers argue that this will help detect the presence of age-related conditions such as dementia and vision loss which might adversely affect an individual’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. Additionally, they claim that because driving is so crucial to an individual’s independence in today’s society, it is likely that elderly drivers may not voluntarily surrender their driving privileges when they begin to develop a condition that may affect their ability to drive.

Those opposed to retesting elderly drivers have argued that there is a lack of statistical evidence to support the notion that elderly people are more likely to be involved in a car accident. Additionally, they question whether retesting will effectively accomplish the goal of removing unfit drivers from the road. Furthermore, there is speculation that many elderly drivers who are fit for the road may surrender their privileges rather than undergo retesting.

The state of Florida currently requires drivers over the age of 80 to take a vision test when renewing their license. According to the Florida DMV, 5,928 drivers over the age of 80 were involved in car accidents in 2009, and 116 people were killed in these accidents. In 2009, there were 629,699 drivers in Florida between the ages of 80-90. This equates to less than .01% of drivers between the ages of 80-90 getting into a car accident.

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver, the attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida can help you receive the compensation you deserve. We have the vast resources of a large national law firm along with decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured victims. We will pursue your claim aggressively to ensure that you receive a fair settlement.

If you live in the Fort Myers or Miami areas of Florida and have been in a car accident, please contact the personal injury lawyers at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation.

Identity Theft

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Identity theft is a type of fraud where an individual assumes someone else’s identity in order to gain access to the victim’s financial resources or obtain credit in the victim’s name. This access is often achieved by obtaining the victim’s important personal information such as:

  • Name
  • Social security number
  • Credit card number
  • Bank account information
  • Personal passwords to financial accounts

Identity theft is considered a white collar crime and carries serious criminal penalties if you are convicted. As a result, it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who can protect your rights. The stakes are too high to trust your defense to a mediocre attorney.

The criminal defense attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida are part of a vast national network of law firms founded by the late Johnnie Cochran. We have been defending the rights of individuals charged with a crime for decades, and we have the skills, resources, and experience necessary to place you in the greatest position to achieve a successful outcome to your case. We will fight aggressively to secure an acquittal or a reduction in your charges in order to minimize the penalties you are facing, and we are prepared to battle the district attorney in court if necessary to make sure you receive the top-notch defense you deserve.

If you have been arrested for identity theft, please contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a confidential consultation.

What is Embezzlement?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Embezzlement is the fraudulent misappropriation another’s money or assets by an individual in lawful possession of them. These funds can belong to an employer, company, individual, or government organization.

Embezzlement is a serious white collar crime that most often takes place in the business world. If you have been charged with embezzlement, you should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney right away to begin planning your defense. The punishment varies for each case, but the prison sentences and fines for this crime can be very harsh.

The Cochran Firm South Florida is part of an extensive nationwide network of lawyers founded by the late Johnnie Cochran. We have the vast manpower and resources necessary to fully investigate the charges against you, and we have the experience to formulate a defense strategy that will give you the best chance for a successful outcome to your case. The stakes are too high to trust your embezzlement defense to anyone but the best. Our criminal defense attorneys will aggressively defend your case every step of the way to make sure your rights are fully protected.

If you live in the West Palm, Miami or Fort Myers, Florida area and have been charged with embezzlement, please contact our criminal defense attorneys today to schedule your confidential consultation with The Cochran Firm South Florida.

What Should I Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

When looking for a criminal defense attorney, it is important to do your research. The lawyer you choose will be entrusted with the extremely important task of protecting your freedom and limiting your criminal liability. For this reason, it is imperative that you choose a criminal defense attorney with the skills and experience necessary to help you achieve the best possible outcome to your case.

The following is a list of what we suggest you look for in a criminal defense lawyer:

  • Experience with cases similar to yours
  • Success with cases similar to yours
  • Litigation experience
  • Abundant resources
  • Expert advisors on staff
  • Familiarity with local judges and district attorneys
  • Individualized attention – your law firm should treat you like the important person you are, not just a case number

Also, do not make price the main factor in your decision. The cheapest lawyer is not usually the best lawyer, and the stakes are too high to trust your fate to anyone but the best.

The criminal defense attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida have extensive experience protecting the rights of individuals charged with a crime. Founded by the late Johnnie Cochran, we have the vast resources of a large national law firm, and we are prepared to aggressively defend you to the fullest extent of the law.

If you live in the southern part of Florida and find yourself in need of an experienced, compassionate legal team, please contact the criminal defense lawyers at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys.

What is the Distinction between Murder and Manslaughter?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Murder is defined as a person using violent means to deprive another human being of life with malicious intent, whereas manslaughter refers to the taking of another’s life without malicious intent. While both acts result in the death of another person, the main distinction between the two crimes is the intention in the mind of the killer.

For example, a man who plans to kill another individual and executes that plan has committed murder. On the other hand, a man who accidentally runs over a pedestrian while driving has committed manslaughter since the driver not only did not know the victim, but certainly had no reason to kill the pedestrian.

There are three “degrees” to a murder charge in the United States: first, second and third degree murder. First degree murder is premeditated or occurs during the commission of a felony. Second degree murder occurs when there is intent to harm but not to kill; however, the death of the victim was highly possible based on the nature of the attack. Third degree murder applies when the killing was caused by indifference or negligence.

Manslaughter can be considered either voluntary or involuntary. Voluntary manslaughter refers to the intentional killing of another individual when there was no prior intent to kill, and the guilty party acted “in the heat of passion.” Involuntary manslaughter applies when someone accidentally kills another individual due to recklessness, criminal negligence, or while committing a misdemeanor such as a DUI.

If you have been charged with murder or manslaughter in South Florida, you need a strong legal team on your side. Please contact the Miami criminal defense attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida today to schedule a confidential consultation.