When you’ve been injured in a truck accident or any other form of an automobile accident in South Florida, it’s important to get the legal representation you need to fight for you in court. With over 30 years of experience as trial lawyers, Jugo & Murphy are here to help you and your case. If you need a trusted automobile accident attorney, call our law offices today. We take great pride in serving clients throughout Miami, Coral Gables, Homestead, Kendall, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, FL, and the Florida Keys.
Truck Accident Types & Causes
There are a variety of types of truck accidents. From sideswipe accidents, rollovers, intersection accidents, tire blowouts, wide turns, and rear-ending another vehicle, there are numerous ways for collisions to occur. Because of this, it is important to explain the details of your accident with us at The Law Offices of Jugo & Murphy so we can provide you legal guidance during this difficult time.
Driver fatigue is a serious problem in the trucking industry because of the impossible standards set by companies to have shipments arrive quickly. Driver fatigue is linked with slower reaction times and a deterioration in the ability to calculate the speed and distance of other vehicles. Companies are legally required to give drivers enough time to rest and sleep during long trips.
Neglecting Maintenance Issues
From faulty brakes to equipment deterioration, trucks provide an unfortunate amount of potential danger when they are not properly maintained. Manufacturers can also be held liable if your injuries are caused by a malfunctioning part that needs to be recalled.
Drugs And Alcohol Use
Everyone knows that drinking and driving do not mix. But it is also illegal to be under the influence of even prescribed medications if they come with warnings against use while driving or operating machinery.
The trucking companies are often more concerned with getting products out on the road rather than safety. Truckers must complete training and testing to earn their CDL, but that doesn’t mean that they’re familiar with all whatever vehicle that they’re assigned by their company. Some drivers take on the challenge of driving a vehicle with little or no experience, which often leads to accidents.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Just as there are myriad types of accidents, there are many types of injuries. In general, it’s important to remember that bones are held in soft tissues, such as skin and muscle, so any impact is going to have deleterious effects on joints, your spine/neck and can cause bruising or internal bleeding.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident then you need to seek medical treatment immediately. Even if you didn’t lose consciousness, a medical professional can determine if you’ve suffered injuries that you may not feel yet.
Statistics and Related Data
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 2015 and 2017 there were 2,679 truck collisions with a vehicle in transport that resulted in a fatality. During that same period, 274 pedestrians were involved in fatal collisions with trucks, which are specifically defined as having a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) over 10,000 pounds. While these numbers are eclipsed by car accident figures, truck accidents tend to result in much more serious injuries.
Frequently Asked Questions about Miami Personal Injury Law
While we hope to answer your questions here, the best way to get advice about your specific situation is to call The Law Offices of Jugo & Murphy for a free, no-commitment consultation.
What can help my personal injury lawsuit?
If you haven’t seen a doctor, you need to do so immediately. Your attorney will need copies of your medical bills, as well as proof of your wages/salary to show how much income you’ve lost from not working. You will also need a copy of your police report. If you aren’t able to obtain these documents due to your injuries, your attorney should be able to help.
How can I afford an attorney?
We work on a contingency basis and all consultations are free. You don’t pay a dime unless we win for you. Call us now for your consultation.
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