Need an Injury Lawyer for a Florida Truck Accident?
In 2008 alone, 263 people lost their lives in Florida collisions involving a large commercial truck. Many of the reasons for these accidents included sleepy drivers, alcohol intoxication, inexperienced drivers, running off the road, and more. Thousands upon thousands of truck accidents happen every year, and the unfortunate fact is that many of them can be prevented. Many of them are the result of negligence, both by vehicle drivers and truck drivers. So, what happens when you have been injured in one of these serious accidents and it was the fault of a truck driver?
Every year, thousands of people walk away with injuries relating to a truck accident that wasn’t their fault. If you have been involved in a Florida truck accident, you probably wonder where to turn because you have never dealt with one of these serious accidents before and you don’t know where to start. Luckily for you, we can help guide you through the process of maintaining evidence in your case, proving liability, and compensating for the damages you deserve.
Why Many Truck Accidents Take Place
Many people don’t realize what it means when a truck hits a small passenger vehicle because they would never suspect the tragic fatalities and injuries that can so easily occur. The truth is, many passenger vehicles weigh in at about 4,000 pounds, while the largest trucks on our roadways can reach up to 80,000 pounds. When you combine the fact that many of these accidents involve vehicles coming in at high speeds on highways, you have a recipe for disaster and the probability that you will not leave unscathed.
Many of these accidents happen for a handful of the same reasons. For instance, hours of service regulations are put in place so that drivers can take rest breaks and get back to business feeling awakened and alert. However, every year drivers and companies push to ignore these regulations. Companies sometimes offer incentives to drivers who bend the rules a bit and drive to a destination in a certain period of time, even though it is against the law. The end result: Many drivers will fall asleep at the wheel, which could mean a head-on collision when their vehicle wanders into the other lane.
In other cases, drivers could be drunk driving or commit other driver errors that tend to be very common. Some of these driver errors include merging in front of a vehicle, driving recklessly or aggressively, or making wide turns even though the truck can’t handle it because there are other vehicles sharing the roads. Sometimes, fault heads straight to the company who failed to accurately train a driver before placing them on our roads.
It is up to you to name liable parties in your accident. This means that you will probably find more than just the driver liable. Sometimes it is obvious that a company, parts manufacturer, or cargo loader were also liable for your accident based on the role they played before the accident took place. If you are able to name a liable party in your case, you could be able to receive the compensation you deserve from that party. This will handle many economic and non-economic aspects of your life, such as the medical bills that are piling up in front of you or the emotional trauma that you suffer every day as you get inside your vehicle. We can help you in your time of need. You want to act immediately so you can preserve evidence and move forward with your claim, so give us a call today.