Big Rig Accident
Unsurprisingly, truck accidents tend to be among the more dangerous motor vehicle collisions on Florida roads. If you or someone you care about was victimized in an accident on Florida’s highways or byways, you can take strong action, legally, to hold a variety of parties accountable for your pain, suffering and medical costs. This article aims to dispel common myths about truck collisions and point you towards a fantastic resource for getting more help.
Myth #1 – Truck Accidents are Essentially the Same as Car and Motorcycle Crashes
Reality – Truck accidents involve the collision of disproportionately sized vehicles. A typical truck may be 20 times as massive as your car. Thus, when you collide with a truck, you essentially collide with the equivalent of 20 cars at once. According to physics, the force an object imparts is equal to its change in momentum. So if you change the momentum of an object that’s 20 times more massive than your car, this will impart an enormous and destructive force.
Myth #2 – Truckers are about as Well Rested as Other Drivers
Reality – The Truck Safety Agency in 2005 ruled that semi-truck drivers could operate their vehicles for a staggering 11 hours a day and work 14 hours a day. This means that they can drive 3 hours more than what safety experts across the board recommend. And many truckers routinely violate even these lax hours of service rules. An accident attorney can review things like driver’s logs, electronic recorders, bills of landing, cell phone records, drug and alcohol tests, and even gas and oil receipts to determine whether the trucker who hit you had violated his or her hour of service rules.
Myth #3 – You Can Only Collect Money from the Trucker Who Hit You
Reality – Obviously, if a truck driver was at fault, he or she should be held responsible. But other parties who contributed — even indirectly — to what happened can be forced to pay you substantially. For instance, the owner of the trucking company, the trucking company’s insurance company, the manufacturer of the truck’s parts, and even the municipal agency tasked with keeping Ocala roads and highways safe can all be called to the carpet.
Myth #4 – It’s Impossible to Win Truck Accident Cases Because Insurance Companies and Big Trucking Companies Have Too Much Money and Legal Power on Their Side
Reality – While it’s true that deep pocketed insurance companies and trucking companies can put up stiff resistance to claims, the trucking accident attorneys here at Farah & Farah have the resources, time, experience, and track record to take down even the most vigorous corporate defense. Part of the team’s success comes from its commitment to thoroughness and strategy. Farah & Farah has investigators who can do things like interview witnesses and even reconstruct the scene.