Large Truck Accident
Any motor vehicle accident can cause serious injuries, but when a large truck collides with a passenger vehicle, there may be catastrophic consequences for the passenger vehicle occupants. Large commercial trucks weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger cars. They are also taller with higher ground clearance, so smaller vehicles may underride these vehicles in a crash. In large trucks crashes, fatalities occur most often among passenger vehicle occupants, rather than to the drivers of large commercial trucks.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports 3,660 fatalities in large truck crashes in 2014. Only 16 percent of the people who died in these collisions were large truck occupants. The remaining fatalities were passenger vehicle occupants (68 percent) and pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists (15 percent). According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), while large trucks accounted for only 4 percent of all registered vehicles in a recent year, they made up 9 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal accidents.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a large truck traffic crash, it is essential to speak with an accident lawyer in Florida as soon as possible. Truck accident cases can be complicated, involving federal regulations and multiple parties. Evidence in your case must be collected and preserved to establish your claim.
The Florida truck accident attorneys at Farah & Farah have helped many truck accident victims recover compensation for the serious losses they have suffered. Our skilled legal team can handle your case while you focus on recovering from your injuries. We like representing people, and we like winning cases and making a real difference for our clients.
Causes of Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published an analysis brief of a study conducted by FMSCA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the causes of 963 crashes involving large trucks and other motor vehicles, resulting in 249 fatalities and 1,654 injuries.
In descending order, the top 10 associated factors contributing to these accidents assigned to large trucks and their drivers were found to be:
- Truck brake problems
- Interruption of traffic flow (previous accident)
- Drug use (prescription)
- Travelling too fast for conditions
- Driver not familiar with the roadway
- Problems with the roadway
- Required to stop before crash (crosswalk, traffic control device)
- Drug use (over-the-counter)
- Inadequate surveillance
- Driver fatigue
Responsible Parties in FL Truck Accidents
Truck accidents cases can be complex, and there may be more than one responsible party, in which case the parties would share liability for your losses. Depending on the circumstances in your case, potentially responsible parties may include:
- Driver of the truck
- Trucking company
- Tractor-trailer manufacturer
- Vehicle manufacturer
- Parts manufacturer
- Government agencies responsible for the conditions of the roads
Contact Our Florida Truck Accident Lawyers
At Farah & Farah, our personal injury attorneys have been successfully handling truck accident and other serious injury matters for more than three decades. We have earned a reputation among insurance companies and defense firms as tenacious, aggressive lawyers who know our way around a courtroom.
Contact us for a free case consultation with no obligation. You can have confidence that your case will be handled with the highest level of professionalism and legal skill.