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Truck accidents are some of the most devastating collisions to occur on our roadways. The sheer size and weight of these vehicles can cause catastrophic damage and life-altering injuries to victims. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
At Zimmerman & Frachtman, we know that no amount of money can erase the trauma you have experienced, but it can help you recover and move forward. Our Coral Springs truck accident attorneys can help you seek the maximum compensation you are owed from all liable parties. We have a proven track record of success, having recovered millions of dollars for our clients, and we are prepared to fight for you.
What Are the Common Types of Car Accidents?
A truck accident refers to any collision or incident involving a truck, which can result in property damage, injuries, or fatalities. Trucks are large vehicles designed to transport goods, and due to their size and weight, accidents involving trucks can be particularly severe.
Common types of truck accidents include:
- Rear-end collisions: These occur when a truck collides with the vehicle in front of it. This can happen due to various reasons such as the truck driver's failure to maintain a safe following distance, sudden stops, or distracted driving.
- Jackknife accidents: In a jackknife accident, the trailer of the truck swings out to form a 90-degree angle with the cab. This often happens when the truck driver loses control of the vehicle, typically due to sudden braking or slippery road conditions.
- Rollovers: Truck rollovers occur when a truck tips over onto its side or roof. This can happen due to factors like speeding, taking a turn too quickly, or uneven weight distribution of the cargo.
- Underride accidents: In an underride accident, a smaller vehicle slides underneath the trailer of a truck. These accidents are particularly dangerous for occupants of the smaller vehicle, often resulting in severe injuries or fatalities.
- Runaway truck accidents: A runaway truck accident happens when a truck loses its ability to stop or slow down, often due to brake failure or mechanical issues. This can result in the truck colliding with other vehicles, objects, or causing significant damage.
- Blind spot accidents: Trucks have large blind spots, which are areas around the vehicle where the driver's visibility is limited or nonexistent. Accidents can occur when smaller vehicles enter these blind spots and the truck driver is unaware of their presence, leading to collisions during lane changes or turns.
- Tire blowouts: Truck tires are under immense pressure and can blow out unexpectedly, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. This can lead to accidents, especially if the blowout occurs at high speeds or on crowded roadways.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. In many cases, these collisions are the result of negligence on the part of the truck driver and/or their employer. When this is the case, victims can file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party to recover compensation for their damages. However, truck accidents can also be caused by defective truck parts, poorly maintained roads, and more. In such cases, the trucking company, truck manufacturer, road maintenance company, or another party may be liable.
The most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Truck driver negligence
- Driver fatigue
- Drunk driving
- Drug-impaired driving
- Vehicle malfunctions
- Overloaded trucks
- Unsecured cargo
- Defective truck parts
- Poor road conditions
Who is Liable for a Truck Accident?
Determining liability for a truck accident can be complex and depends on various factors such as the specific circumstances of the accident, state laws, and regulations governing commercial trucking. Generally, the following parties may be held liable for a truck accident:
- Truck driver: The truck driver may be held liable if their negligent actions contributed to the accident. Negligent actions can include speeding, distracted driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failure to obey traffic laws, or driving while fatigued.
- Trucking company: The company that owns or operates the truck may also be held liable for the accident, especially if they failed to properly maintain the vehicle, provide adequate training to the driver, or enforce safety regulations. Additionally, if the driver was an employee of the company at the time of the accident, the company may be held vicariously liable for the driver's actions.
- Truck manufacturer or maintenance provider: If the accident was caused by a defect in the truck's design or manufacturing, or if improper maintenance contributed to the accident, the manufacturer or maintenance provider may be held liable for any resulting damages.
- Cargo loaders: If the accident was caused by improperly loaded or secured cargo, the company or individuals responsible for loading the cargo may be held liable for any resulting damages.
- Third-party drivers or entities: In some cases, other drivers on the road or third-party entities such as contractors or subcontractors may be partially or fully liable for a truck accident if their actions or negligence contributed to the collision.
Determining liability often involves a thorough investigation of the accident scene, examination of evidence such as witness statements, police reports, and electronic logging device (ELD) data from the truck, and may require expert analysis. In many cases, liability may be shared among multiple parties, and insurance companies and legal representatives may negotiate settlements or litigate to determine the extent of each party's liability.
How Can a Coral Springs Truck Accident Lawyer Help?
After a truck accident, you may be contacted by the truck driver’s insurance company. They may seem helpful, but it is important to remember that they are not on your side. Their goal is to minimize your claim and protect their own bottom line.
Our Coral Springs truck accident lawyers can handle all communication with the insurance company on your behalf. We can also conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident and identify all liable parties. Our team can help you seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. We are not afraid to take on large trucking companies and their insurance providers, and we will fight tirelessly for you and your recovery.
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