In Florida and throughout the rest of the country, auto accidents are the most common cause of serious injuries. However, those involving large trucks such as tractor-trailer rigs and 18 wheelers are typically even more serious, because of the sheer size and weight of these massive vehicles. Truck accidents have become increasingly common in recent years. Unfortunately, those driving or riding in passenger cars are susceptible to serious or even fatal injuries when involved in a car-truck accident, as a regular size vehicle is no match for a large commercial truck. At Adams & Luka, our Orlando truck accident lawyers are dedicated to holding drivers and trucking companies liable when an innocent victim is injured in an accident. We will work vigorously in our efforts to collect the full damages you deserve for compensation of medical costs, lost wages, pain, suffering, and more.Causes of Truck Accidents in Florida
There are many causes of trucking accidents in Orlando and throughout Florida, including driver fatigue, driver error, and malfunctioning equipment.
Distracted driving is a concern among truck drivers and other motorists. In addition, truck drivers often drive on too little sleep, carrying a separate set of falsified logs so that if stopped by police, it isn't evident that the driver has driven more hours than is legal during a specific time period. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be another factor in accidents involving large trucks.
Blowouts, faulty brakes, or even improper loading of the trailer may result in accidents. Trucks must be properly inspected and maintained so they are in good working order when out on the road. Companies that own a fleet of trucks are required to maintain their vehicles; owner-operators should also properly maintain their tractors and trailers in order to reduce the risk of an accident.Why Work With an Orlando Trucking Accident Lawyer?
Most people have never been injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer rig or other large truck. When it happens, you may have no idea who is liable for the damages. Is it the driver, or the driver's employer? The fact is, it could be one or more of any number of parties including:
- The owner of the truck, if someone other than the driver
- The driver
- The truck driver's employer
- The company leasing the tractor or trailer
- If equipment malfunction was completely or partially responsible in the accident, the manufacturer of the tractor, trailer, or components may be held responsible
Ultimately, it is worth your time and effort to work with an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney who can provide you with guidance, answer your questions, and work to ensure that the insurance company settles with you for what you are entitled to. It may be necessary to file a lawsuit in some cases, another reason to obtain the services of a skilled truck accident lawyer.
Most trucking companies have insurance providers who will begin investigating the crash immediately, in order to try to limit the company's liability. This is why it is so important that you act immediately to protect your legal rights.Contact Adams & Luka Now
Just as in car accidents, those involving large trucks are usually caused by negligence. In Florida, motorists are required to have PIP, or personal injury protection. While this will be helpful in paying expenses related to your injuries, it probably will not be sufficient to cover all costs. It will be necessary to have your attorney negotiate with the insurance company, or litigate in order to recover compensation. You may be eligible for compensation not only of current medical expenses and lost wages, but future medical expense and loss of earning capacity as well, depending on your case. We urge you to consult with a highly qualified Orlando truck accident lawyer with our firm today. Call (407) 872-0307 or (352) 787-2101 now for a free consultation.
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