Commercial vehicle accidents are often catastrophic due to the sheer size of these vehicles, typically resulting in trauma for everyone involved. Steinberg Law is determined to help clients seek compensation due to truck driver negligence.
Unfortunately, motor vehicle crashes with commercial trucks – such as 18-wheelers – often have devastating results, leading to serious injuries, including knee injuries, spine injuries, traumatic brain injuries, shoulder injuries, and neck injuries. These particular accidents can also be fatal.
As reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, 4,102 truck crash deaths occurred in 2017, with 17 percent of the deaths being truck occupants, 68 percent car/other motor vehicle occupants, and 14 percent pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.
Commercial vehicle companies often shield themselves with attorneys, making any attempt to seek compensation difficult. It is recommended that you seek a personal injury attorney immediately.
If you are in the Palm Beach Gardens area, consider contacting a Steinberg Law attorney that specializes in personal injury or truck accidents, but only after you have sought proper medical attention. Our law firm’s primary goal is to help you seek justice in the form of compensation, all while making the process as stress-free as possible so that you can focus on your recovery.
Types of truck accident personal injury lawsuits
Truck accidents can cause a variety of injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Neck injuries
There is also the risk of wrongful death. If any of the above has happened to you, you should be aware of the types of accident lawsuits to consider as you seek a free consultation from a truck accident attorney.
The primary reason for truck accidents is negligence. In fact, truck drivers have often been known to suffer from sleep deprivation, relying only on coffee, energy drinks, or energy roads to continue their trek. The energy supplements only do so much good before the driver succumbs to sleep, risking the lives of other drivers by potentially causing a devastating accident.
Other negligence factors include:
- Distracted driving (e.g. texting and driving)
- Driving with faulty breaks
- Highway hypnosis
- Failure to obey traffic laws and signs
- Overloading of trucks
Negligence usually results in the owners of the truck being held liable for any damages caused.
Fatal accidents can and do unfortunately occur. If wrongful death has occurred, a truck accident lawyer will help you and your family financially recover from a wrongful death situation.
Sometimes, the trucks’ manufacturers or the trucking companies may be at fault, as defects may run amuck in the vehicles. While the truck and tractor trailer companies could be held liable, victims of truck accidents bear the burden of proving that the defective part or product that caused the accident was dangerous at that time.
Types of truck accident injuries
Injuries deriving from an automobile accident involving a commercial truck are more dire compared to a typical car accident. Here are just several injuries that could occur in a crash:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Severance of limbs/appendages
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Spine injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck injury
- Knee injury
- Shoulder injury
- Back injury
Truck accident types
Here are just some of the most common types of truck accidents you’ll find in the Palm Beach Gardens area:
- Rear-end Collisions. Rear-end collisions are some of the most common types of accidents among all vehicles, but a rear-end collision caused by large commercial vehicles may cause significant damage to the vehicle and its passengers.
- Rollover. Rollovers tend to occur when an inexperienced commercial truck driver takes a curb too quickly, but they can also occur when the area is extremely windy.
- Blind Spot. Big rigs have extremely large blind spots. If a car follows too closely behind or to the sides of the truck, the trucker would be unable to see the vehicle.
- Jackknife. The axle brakes of a tractor trailer may lock up. When that happens, the trailer would skid, forcing the truck to form a 90-degree angle and roll over.
Commercial liability coverage for truck accidents in Florida
A truck driver in Florida can be held liable for negligence if they fail to follow state and federal trucking regulations and cause an accident.
Third party trucking companies often offer different coverage options, such as property damage coverage and medical coverage. Coverage provided for strictly personal injury is known as Commercial Liability Coverage.
Commercial Liability Coverage is for if/when medical bills aren’t covered by Personal Injury Protection, so the remainder becomes out-of-pocket expenses. If a jury determines that the truck driver and/or their trucking company were negligent, then the defendant will likely be held liable for damages – including pain and suffering, lost wages, lost time, medical bills and more – to the victim. With that all being said, if the company has Commercial Liability Coverage, the damages will be paid by the company’s insurance.
Consult a Palm Beach Gardens truck accident lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured or wrongfully killed in a trucking accident caused by negligence, recklessness, or defective parts, please consider speaking with one of our attorneys at Steinberg Law who specialize in truck accident cases.
Steinberg Law routinely handles such personal injury cases. Our lawyers will work hard to uncover and collect evidence that will prove useful in your case in an effort to achieve a positive outcome, all while you focus on treatment, rest and recovery.
We will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the tractor-trailer accident and whether or not it is the fault of the truck driver or the driver’s employer/manufacturer. This includes contacting the parties involved in the accident, obtaining information on the truck such as its size and weight, and speaking with expert witnesses. As experienced truck accident lawyers, we will take the proper course of action in order to win your case and ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Contact Steinberg Law for your free case evaluation today.