Compared to car crashes, truck accidents can cause a great deal more damage and personal injury due to the size and weight of the vehicle. There are many different causes of truck accidents, such as poorly maintained roads, drunk driving, and distracted driving. However, some of the more common causes are tired drivers and failure to maintain.
As they have to travel great distances in a limited amount of time, many commercial truck drivers drive long stretches without sleep. As a result, they may become drowsy and not be able to react quickly to dangers on the road, or they may begin weaving or driving erratically. Sometimes a driver may even fall asleep at the wheel. Both of these situations pose a great danger to other motorists on the road. Also, if the truck that is being driven has not been properly maintained, it may break down.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be able to hold the driver or the company they work for at fault. However, trucking companies will be quick to defend themselves so that their insurance rates do not go up. For the highest chance of succeeding and obtaining the compensation you deserve, start looking for an attorney for your truck accident case in Coral Gables, Florida.
There are a number of different types of truck accidents that can result in serious injuries or even fatalities. Among these types of truck accidents include, but are not limited to, the following:
Dump Truck / Garbage Truck Accidents: Dump trucks carry dirt, sand, gravel or other materials needed for construction projects. Carrying heavy loads of this type, dump trucks naturally have blind spots that can prevent them from seeing other vehicles on the road, which can be particularly dangerous considering the fact that they primarily operate in residential areas. The same is true of garbage trucks, which make sudden stops and frequently lose debris in the process.
Commercial Truck Accidents: Commercial truck accidents are those that involve an 18-wheeler or other type of large freight carrier. Weighing up to 80,000—sometimes more—these vehicles are significantly more prone to causing catastrophic accidents when a collision occurs. The disparity in size between commercial vehicles and their 3,000-pound counterparts can make for extremely serious accidents that can result in disastrous injuries.
Firetruck Accidents: It is estimated that approximately 2,500 fire truck accidents occur in the United States on an annual basis. Fire truck drivers are particularly prone to accidents considering the fact that they are expected to operate such vehicle at fast speeds in emergency situations. If another vehicle on the road does not appropriately react to the lights and sirens of a fire truck, an accident could result.
Flatbed Truck Accidents: Many of the accidents associated with flatbed trucks can be related to the improper loading of the vehicle's actual flatbed. Accordingly, accidents of this nature can happen off-road or on-road, either during the loading process or after it. Accidents that are caused by the improper loading of a flatbed truck can be addressed in court.
Tanker Truck Accidents: Tanker trucks are the oversized vehicles designed to carry liquids or gases, some of which could be hazardous. Extremely large tankers are very susceptible to roll-over accidents, which can be even more problematic given the fact that they carry hazardous materials that could be flammable or capable of releasing toxic fumes.
Mesa Law Firm has 15 years of experience, and dedicates itself to personal injury law, and we could use our acquired skill to fight on your behalf. You should not have to pay for injuries that were caused by a negligent truck driver. A lawyer from our firm can help you build a strong case and stay with you throughout your legal process. We are also affordable due to our contingency fees, so do not hesitate to call and learn more about how we could help.
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