Contact A Lawyer To Seek Compensation For Injuries Sustained By A Trucking Accident
Florida has busy roads, and it is not uncommon to see multiple big rigs on the highways throughout the day. America relies on the logistics industry to get food, medicine, and other necessities into the hands of consumers. Motorcycles, cars, trucks, and other vehicles also share the streets. With so many drivers, all it takes is a single miscalculation, or distraction, to cause an incident. A trucking accident is one of the most unforgiving kinds, and they can result in participants obtaining severe damages. Trailers should be equipped with under ride guards to prevent cars from rolling underneath, but on occasion, these devices fail. Vehicles can become trapped, and even rolled over by the tires. Common injuries from being involved in a trucking accident include...
• Painful Burns That Cause Disfigurement
• Broken Bones Or Deep Lacerations Requiring Medical Treatment
• Wrongful Deaths
• Brain Injuries
• Temporary Or Permanent Paralysis
Truck drivers can legally only drive for 11-hours at a time, and afterward, they must take a 10-hour break. If you come across a tractor-trailer that is weaving between the lines, avoid getting next to it, and contact the appropriate authorities from a safe location. These individuals spend so much time on the open road that they can easily lose their edge for paying attention to detail. Rather than checking the truck's mirrors thoroughly, the sleepy operator might take a quick glance, and hit another vehicle in their blind spot upon switching lanes. As if this impact is not enough, the jolt can send the smaller car into oncoming traffic, a barrier, or off of the road entirely. Swaying from side to side could also indicate an improperly balanced load. Being next to a truck that is overweight, or unstable, while going around a sharp curve, is a disaster waiting to happen.
There is still another reason for a tractor-trailer to be acting in this manner. Impaired driving could also be taking place. In an attempt to keep up with hectic schedules, many people consume illegal substances to stay awake and alert. However, these drugs also hinder reflexes and prevent the taker from reacting to situations as quickly as they usually would. Then again, the medication could be legally prescribed, but still inappropriate for taking while operating a motor vehicle, or perhaps the driver even inadvertently used over-the-counter allergy pills that left them drowsy. The list of substances that can affect driving seem to be never-ending, so watch for the warning signs, and steer clear from car's acting in such a way.
Many trucking companies have lawyers standing by to handle accidents. They look for any little thing that can discredit the other driver’s claim, and the firms even attempt to shift blame towards the defendant. Most people are not familiar with Florida's legal system, and the process can become quite stressful for them. Our law firm has had great success representing residents of Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Venice, and Bradenton over the years. If it can be proven that a negligent act, or reckless driving, is to blame for your damages, you may be awarded compensation for the injuries. There are no up-front costs as personal injury cases are paid on a contingency-fee basis. Settlements are determined by the severity of the wounds, medical expenses, and other factors. Let us do the heavy legal lifting, while you concentrate on the most important thing, which is your recovery.