It is estimated that there are over 500,000 truck companies in the United States.Incidentally, truck accidents make up at least 4% of all auto-related accidents and injuries. As a South Florida accident attorney, Demian Goldstraj has seen his fair share of truck accidents and has firsthand knowledge of how devastating they can be. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.
Truck Accidents in
Commercial truck accidents are an unfortunately common event in the state of Florida. Often known as a tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler, semi-truck, or big-rig, these large trucks can weigh up to 36 tons, which can mean much more severe accidents than cars (which only weigh about 1.5 tons). Trucking accidents account for around 40,000 of all crashes in Florida per year and victims often require more extensive medical treatment and recovery time, which can be incredibly costly.
The trucking industry is very heavily regulated, which can mean long, drawn-out lawsuits for victims trying to receive reparation. Accidents involving trucking companies are complex and require knowledge of complicated laws. At DRG Law Firm, we want to help you get the compensation you deserve based on your injuries and damages!
Factors That May Cause Truck Accidents
With over half a million trucking companies in America, it is important to be careful whenever driving. Crash statistics show that around 20% of large truck incidents are due to some form of driver negligence. If this is the case, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to cover the lost wages, current medical bills, future medical treatments, property damage, and more.
A number of factors have been reported as the cause of truck accidents. In fact, a recent survey showed that 20% of truckers have admitted to falling asleep at the wheel at least once over the course of three months. Driver exhaustion is among one of the highest contributing factors to truck-related accidents.
Other factors that may cause truck accidents include:
- Driver negligence, including careless driving, overextended hours, or speeding.
- Intoxication if the driver was under the influence of alcohol or other substances.
- Negligent maintenance of the truck or trailer, if the responsible party failed to keep the truck in good working order and this ultimately caused the accident and injury.
- An overloaded or incorrectly loaded truck can lead to accident or injury if the person(s) responsible failed to properly load the truck.
- Unreasonable delivery schedule, which is a common cause of driver fatigue.
A truck accident can be a traumatic experience. At least a third of all injured semi-truck victims will incur fatal or life-threatening injuries. We understand this delicate time and work diligently to help you receive damages for your accident from all parties involved.
Don’t let the trucker or trucking company avoid paying you the full compensation you are owed! Contact DRG Law Firm for a free injury claim evaluation at 1-888-413-8353 today!