Commercial tractor trailer accidents can be quite serious, given the size and weight of the vehicles involved. And, the sheer number of these vehicles on the road and number of miles they travel increases the likelihood of an accident, even before you factor in issues like commercial drivers being pushed to exceed safety limits. Injuries and damages can be quite extensive, and often the most serious losses are suffered by drivers and passengers of other vehicles.
Tractor Trailer Accidents in Florida
One of the main factors in the severity of a truck accident is the size and weight of the trucks compared to that of the vehicles around them. That’s why the damages to other motorists are often more serious, and the motorists are at a much higher risk of dying or being severely injured in these accidents. People in other vehicles and non-motorists such as pedestrians and bicyclists account for more than 75 percent of truck accident injuries and 80 percent of deaths.
Liability in Tractor Trailer Accidents in Florida
Tractor trailer accidents often raise more questions and require more expertise and research than the typical motor vehicle accident. In addition to the usual questions such as, “Who was at fault?” and “Were both parties partially responsible?”, it is important to understand the nature of the trucking operation and associated state and federal regulations. These added layers of complications may make the case difficult to sort out, and not just for the accident victim. Even attorneys who lack experience with commercial tractor trailer accidents may overlook important issues.
Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents
Many times, whether acting on their own or at their employer’s request, commercial truck drivers violate federal regulations put in place for safe operation of commercial vehicles. Two of the most common violations that result in accidents where motorists are injured or killed are:
- Operation of the truck for more than 12 hours without rest; and
- Ignoring medical regulations
Commercial truck accidents also frequently occur when a driver is traveling too fast for conditions, since maneuvering a large truck is more difficult than controlling a smaller vehicle and a tractor trailer takes much longer to stop than a passenger car. This type of negligence on the part of the truck driver may contribute to the extent of injuries in a portion of the 15 percent of tractor trailer accidents that start before the large truck becomes involved.
Getting Help After a Tractor Trailer Accident
When you’ve been involved in an accident with a truck, the most important first step is to seek medical attention. This is not only to tend to your injuries, but also to protect your personal injury claim. While recovering from your accident, your health should be your number one priority, so contact us today to learn how we can take the burden of managing your case off your shoulders while you focus on your recovery. Some damages you may be entitled to include:
- Wages lost because of your injuries
- Medical expenses incurred
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
You may also be entitled to damages for intangible losses, such as pain and suffering.
Schedule a free consultation with one of our truck accident lawyers to find out what kind of compensation you may be qualified to receive.
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