Brandon Truck & Tractor-Trailer Lawyer
Our nation’s economy needs commercial trucking. The unique presence of eighteen-wheelers and other large freight carriers keep America’s goods moving, but these commercial vehicles also present unique dangers to the cars, vans and SUVs that share the road with these potentially lethal giants. On major highways driving at higher speeds, seemingly insignificant driving errors can result in catastrophe when an eighteen-wheeler is involved. These big trucks can weigh more than 80,000 pounds and be up to 75 feet in length. Statistics show that trucks are involved in 1 out of every 9 road traffic accidents. And in 94% of these accidents the occupants of the vehicle with which the truck collided are either injured or killed.
For the most part, commercial truck drivers are skilled and patient drivers and are aware of the special circumstances presented by the large vehicles they are driving, but other drivers on the road also need to use caution in their presence. There are many different reasons for accidents involving large trucks, and commercial vehicles often present unique issues including unrealistic delivery schedules, long hours, driver fatigue, jackknifing, dangerous cargo, inspection failures and others.
The majority of truck accidents are caused by driver error of other smaller vehicles involved in the accidents, such as: driving in the blind spots and no-zones of a truck where the truck driver has limited or zero visibility; changing lanes right in front of the truck; maneuvering to the right of a truck making a right turn; not keeping enough distance from the back of the truck; trying to overtake the truck from the wrong side; merging improperly into traffic, causing a truck to maneuver or brake quickly; passing a truck, then being blown out of position by air turbulence or cross-wind; driving between large trucks; or leaving a stalled car in the middle of a traffic lane instead of moving it to the shoulder of the road.
Other than the above, truck accidents are also caused by the usual reasons typical of many auto accidents such as: reckless driving; drinking and driving; speeding; lane cutting; equipment failure; mechanical difficulties; bad weather conditions; bad roads, etc.
In the case of truck accidents, the cargo being hauled also causes many accidents not typical of other vehicles. Heavy loads carried by many commercial trucks pose a danger. Hazardous materials and inflammable cargo also account for many truck accidents. Even if the truck is not involved in a collision with another vehicle, a dangerous accident can occur because of oil spills, chemical releases and other risks involved with hazardous goods.
Those involved in a truck accident in any way could be eligible for compensation. You may have been injured as the result of a collision with a truck; a family member may have been killed through a truck accident; you may even be the driver of the truck injured through no fault of your own, such as faulty servicing; or you may have been affected by a spill that resulted from a truck accident, where you were exposed to toxic substances. Whatever the situation, if you feel that you have been injured or affected as a result of a truck accident, seek legal assistance as soon as possible in order to determine whether you have grounds to file a claim for compensation. Our experienced truck accident lawyers will be able to determine the viability of your case, and discuss the various legal options available to you. Our truck attorneys are specially trained to evaluate, develop and negotiate these difficult cases to protect and benefit you. We will put together as solid a case as possible to ensure that you are compensated for any harm or injury caused as a result of a truck accident.
If you have been involved in a truck accident, and have sustained injuries due to it or have lost someone who was in a truck accident, call Holland & Lamoureux, P.A. now at 1-866-225-4907 for a free initial consultation. You do not pay any fee unless we win money damages for you. Don’t delay. Let us get results for you!