Truck accidents typically involve a commercial shipping vehicle. Trucks involved in truck accident claims include:
Trucks are much heavier than passenger vehicles, trucks weighing up to 70,000 pounds or more, compared to about 3,000 pounds for many cars. The difference in weight, size, and height can lead to violent and catastrophic accidents.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
Most of these causes are avoidable, which could prevent many of the auto accident injuries that result.
Drivers holding a commercial driver's license (CDL) are held to certain federally mandated standards, including how many continuous hours they can drive without resting. To obtain a CDL, a driver must pass rigorous testing. Truck drivers must log the hours they have been driving.
As operators of large, inherently dangerous vehicles, truck drivers have a responsibility to drive safely and prevent accidents.
A large truck can cause a great deal of damage to a smaller vehicle. As a passenger or driver of the smaller vehicle, you can suffer life-altering injuries, including:
Decapitation and death are especially likely in an underride accident, when the smaller vehicle slams into the back of the truck and slides underneath, crushing the front end and roof of the passenger car.
There are a number of individuals and companies who may ultimately be responsible for the negligence that led to a truck accident. Potentially liable parties include the:
A careless inspection, an unsafe loading technique, or a negligent traffic maneuver can lead to a devastating accident. You deserve to be compensated for injury-related expenses if someone else's negligence is the root of the truck accident that caused your injury.
If you have been injured in an accident and are searching for a truck accident lawyer in Miami, Fort Myers, Ft Lauderdale, or surrounding areas of south Florida, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free consultation with our experienced accident lawyers.