- Truck Crashes are generally much larger and can inflict more damage than ordinary passenger cars, pickups and SUVs.
- They are governed by different laws than those that apply to passenger vehicles
- Most of these vehicles are owned by corporate entities that will strongly defend even the most legitimate claims by injured victims — or the survivors of drivers and passengers killed in the collisions; so victims and their families should always hire an experienced truck accident lawyer.
Lakewood Ranch Truck Accident Attorney
With more large trucks than ever on the roads today, the number of collisions between passenger vehicles and semi tractor-trailers (18 wheelers) continues to rise. Although large trucks and semi-tractor trailer rigs are involved in only about 10% of all road and highway traffic accidents, virtually every single collision between an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle or smaller truck severely injures or kills the occupants of the smaller vehicles involved. Obviously, in cases where that smaller vehicle is a motorcycle or bicycle, the outcome is usually catastrophic or fatal.
Not all serious collisions between big trucks and passenger vehicles are the fault of the truck driver, truck owner, or trucking company the driver is hauling for. When the truck owners and operators are at fault, and when the collisions result in the wrongful death or serious personal injuries to the occupants of the smaller vehicle(s) involved, Florida laws provide those victims and their surviving family members the right to file claims and lawsuits against the negligent parties.
Causes of Truck Crashes in Florida
When large trucks are on the road, their drivers are "on the clock" and usually running on tight schedules, with tight deadlines. Truck Crashes are often linked to these demands. Truck drivers facing missed deadlines also face lost earnings, so they often drive faster and less cautiously, which can result in serious or even fatal collisions with one or more passenger vehicles. Even those truck-automobile collisions that are not fatal usually cause serious and permanent injuries, including broken bones, scars, burns and all manner of back, neck, spinal cord and brain injuries. In addition to tight delivery deadlines, driver fatigue and working excess hours, truck crashes may be caused by shifting cargo, overweight cargo loads, worn tires or brakes, and a host of other preventable factors.
There are many types of large commercial vehicles, not all of which are "semis." There are dump trucks, large construction vehicles, moving vans, buses, tankers, and many more; but they all have a few things in common:
There are, or course, all of the same reasons that apply to car, pickup and SUV crashes
plus several additional reasons. As mentioned, the combination of tractor-trailer trucks’ immense size, weight, and unique physical and design features greatly affect their braking ability, distance required to stop safely, their turning radius, and the major “blind spots” preventing truck drivers from being able to see small vehicles on the streets and highways. Other common causes of truck accidents include:
- Speeding trucks
- Aggressive and reckless truck drivers
- Poor background screening of truck drivers
- Poor training of truck drivers
- Improper truck maintenance
- Unsafe road conditions
- Truck drivers drinking alcohol or drug use
- Driving in conditions of poor visibility due to smoke, fog, snow or rain
- Poorly maintained tires
- Wide turns
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Missing and defective safety systems, reflectors, lights and other warning devices
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