How is a truck accident different from other accidents?
Truck accidents typically involve a commercial shipping vehicle. Trucks involved in truck accident claims include:
- 18 wheelers
- Tractor trailers
- Dump trucks
- Tanker trucks
- Shipping trucks
- Delivery trucks
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.
What are the common causes of truck accidents?
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Unrealistic schedules
- Overloaded cargo
- Unbalanced cargo
- Mechanical defects
- Driver intoxication
- Reckless driving
- Rain, snow, fog and other weather
Most of these causes are avoidable, which could prevent many of the auto accident injuries that result.
Are there any requirements unique to commercial trucking?
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.
What are some common truck accident injuries?
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.
Who is liable in a truck accident?
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:
- Trucking company
- Truck owner
- Loader of truck cargo
- Manufacturer of truck parts
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, please contact the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule a free consultation with our experienced accident lawyers.