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Personal injury

Truck Accidents

While trucks make up a very small share of all vehicles on the road, they nevertheless account for a disproportionately large amount of accidents. Truck accidents are among the most serious types of collisions on Florida roadways and often lead to catastrophic or fatal injuries. Trucks are also more likely to be involved in fatal multi-vehicle accidents, and its usually occupants of passenger vehicles who are killed.

If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident by a negligent or reckless driver, an experienced Florida truck accident injury lawyer can help you explore your legal options to fight for the fair compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Many different factors can lead to truck accidents on the road. According to reports by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, driver error is the main cause of truck accidents where the truck was noted as the reason for the crash.

Some of the many common causes for truck crashes include:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Tired drivers
  • Drunk drivers
  • Violations of FMCSA regulations
  • Inadequately secured cargo
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Unqualified drivers
  • Traffic law violations
  • Aggressive driving
  • Drivers with serious health issues
  • Inadequately inspected or maintained trucks

Common Types of Truck Accidents

There are many ways in which a truck accident can occur. Some of the most common types of truck accidents include:

  • Jackknife accidents
  • Runaway truck accidents
  • Override accidents
  • Underride accidents
  • Rollover accidents
  • Cargo spills

No matter the type of accident, the risk of severe, life-changing injuries is always going to be a high when a truck is involved.

What Makes Truck Accident Claims Complex?

With a weight of about 80,000 pounds or more, commercial freight trucks weigh on average 20 times that of an ordinary passenger car. As you can imagine, accident claims involving trucks can be more complex than accident claims involving cars not only for the high risk of serious injury but also due to other factors.

  • More serious injuries: Injuries involving truck crashes are typically more severe than normal car accidents, and this will more than likely involve hefty medical bills.
  • Increased chance of death: Like the above, the severity of an injury is going to be much greater with a truck involved, and so too is the chance of death. The FMCSA estimates that there are between 3,000 and 5,000 deaths a year due to truck accidents.
  • Larger insurance policies: The average insurance policy of a truck driver is around 50 times that of a car driver. These policies can go up into the millions, so you can imagine that an insurance company will fight tooth and nail to avoid paying out.
  • Increased property damage: Due to the immense weight and size of an 18 wheeler commercial freight truck, damage to other vehicles tends to be catastrophic.

Who Is Liable in a Truck Accident?

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, there are many potentially liable parties besides just the truck driver. While other parties may be legally liable, expect them to deny any fault or liability in the accident. Any of the following may share some responsibility for the accident, depending on the circumstances:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The truck’s owner
  • The company from whom the truck has been leased
  • The company that is leasing the truck
  • The shipper who ordered the load to be transported
  • The manufacturer of the truck, trailer, or parts

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer in Florida

If you have been seriously hurt in a truck accident, it’s important to consult with an experienced Florida truck accident attorney as soon as possible to begin investigating your accident and protecting your legal rights. Remember: truck accidents are often complex as they may involve large or multiple insurance parties and very serious accidents with medical bills to match. At GMV Law Group, LLP, we will work tirelessly and aggressively to protect your best interests while seeking fair compensation for your injuries.

Call GMV Law Group, LLP today to speak with an English or Spanish speaking representative and schedule a free consultation with a Florida truck accident injury attorney.

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