Traffic accidents involving trucks that hit passenger vehicles or motorcycles can cause catastrophic injuries. Trucks often weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger cars. As trucks compete for space on our already overcrowded highways, the results can be disastrous, with occupants of smaller vehicles often becoming the unfortunate statistics in truck accidents.
In 2006, 4,732 large trucks and 299 buses were involved in fatal crashes nationwide, with another 57,213 large trucks and 6,142 buses involved in non-fatal injury crashes. Three hundred and sixty nine of those fatalities occurred right here in Florida, along with 3,657 large trucks and 50 buses in non-fatal injury crashes.
There are many reasons why a truck accident might occur. Some of the more common reasons include:
- The driver is rushing to meet a tight delivery deadline;
- The driver is tired due to driving for long periods;
- The driver is stressed and tired, not paying enough attention to other driver and the road;
- It is difficult to see blind spots from a large truck;
- The driver does not leave enough space for his giant vehicle between other vehicles;
- Mechanical failure and defective components; and
- Overloading of the truck.
Many people think a case involving a truck is simply a big automobile accident. This is not so. They are highly complex cases that involve a web of state, federal, and sometimes international regulations that require a lawyer with extensive experience in this area. Our Miami and Florida Keys attorneys have over thirty years experience in handling accidents involving tucks and are fully familiar with the legal intricacies surrounding these cases.
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