Truck Accidents Cause Significant Damage and Injuries
Of the many kinds of accidents to occur on the roads of Florida, those involving collisions with tractor trailers rate among the most destructive and deadly. It is not unusual to see a semi-truck accident result in multiple vehicles being hit and some fatalities or at least some severe injuries suffered by those involved.
But what is it that makes semi-truck accidents so dangerous? It is not quite a simple answer although most of it does have to do with the size of a semi-truck. These semi-truck accidents can occur for a variety of reasons and inflict damage in many ways to the vehicles unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident with them.
Those that have been injured in semi-truck accidents often have significant damage that requires extensive treatment and recuperation. Even after treatment, semi-truck accident injuries can have lingering or permanent effects that can ruin a person’s life. These victims of semi-truck accidents can seek compensation for these grievous injuries through filing a semi-truck accident injury claim. By proving the negligence of a truck driver or similarly liable party contributed to the accident that caused their injury, a plaintiff can pursue a settlement to help alleviate the financial strain caused by their injury.
Semi-Truck Weight Causes Massive Accident Damage
Commercial tractor trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. That’s 40 tons of metal and whatever cargo a trailer contains hurtling down the road at speeds that can mangle even the sturdiest of vehicles. In comparison to a semi-truck, a regular passenger car will typically weigh about 4,000 pounds or roughly two tons. That means a semi-truck weighs over twenty times as much as a regular car. It goes without saying that all that weight can easily crush a regular car under the right circumstances.
The massive weight of a semi-truck also makes controlling it all the more difficult. With 80,000 pounds of weight moving at high speed, stopping becomes a major ordeal. Braking needs to be done much farther in advance and with much more control than with a smaller car since the momentum of the truck is so powerful and can cause it to slide into a stopping vehicle or even jackknife.
Semi-Truck Design and Dimensions Cause Severe Damage
One of the most dangerous parts of a semi-truck is the fact that it has a trailer. The trailer of a semi-truck can go from cargo container to lethal road weapon in the blink of an eye. All it takes is a single mistake and a car can crash into the gap between the truck trailer and the ground. This is called an underride accident and can obliterate a car. A vehicle that underrides a truck can either be dragged for some time by the semi-truck or it can possibly end up under the wheels and crushed completely. Regardless, the passengers of the vehicle most likely die.
Semi-Truck Jackknife Accidents
Trucks can also jackknife which is when a semi-truck’s trailer swipes around the side of the truck and closes in like the blade of a jackknife into its handle. This happens when a truck brakes too hard or a driver turns the wrong way or some other condition like a malfunction or road issue causes the trailer to skid and move its momentum forward while the truck cab remains in place. Any cars caught in the trailer’s path naturally end up badly damaged.
Semi-Truck Rollover Accidents
The task of driving a semi-truck is surprisingly difficult requiring extensive schooling and training so that drivers will be able to handle the myriad of situations that can lead to an accident should mistakes be made. Just turning a semi-truck around bends can be dangerous. The weight of a trailer can cause a truck to flip and rollover should the turn not be executed properly. Vehicles can be caught under the trailer and crushed or the contents of the trailer can be thrown out and become dangerous road debris. This can be especially dangerous with flatbed trucks transporting things like lumber or pipes that can become deadly projectiles and debris that can cover a whole road.
Contact an Experienced Florida Truck Accident Attorney
The best thing you can do when you are severely injured in a semi-truck accident is seek a lawyer experienced in semi-truck accident injury claims. You technically could pursue a claim on your own but the odds of you successfully navigating the many pitfalls of insurance tricks and legal process is greatly diminished. Insurance companies have everything they need to successfully deny a claim; as that is their goal since profits are their main priority. Insurance companies have the experience, personnel, resources, lawyers, and money to fight a claim to any extent necessary. If it turns into a “who can withstand the storm longer” type of situation, the answer will always be the insurance company when competing against an injured victim on their own.
It doesn’t cost your anything to get an injury attorney to look at your case. Likewise, truck accident lawyers don’t cost anything out of your pocket since they work on a contingency fee basis. This means they take a percentage of the settlement once the claim is seen through and don’t get paid at all if the injury victim doesn’t recover financial compensation. You or your loved one are likely significantly injured if you are even considering hiring a car accident attorney in the first place. So you should focus on your recovery while a professional works to maximize your settlement with the insurance companies and courts.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in the Stuart, Florida or Gainesville, Florida area, contact the experienced personal injury team at The Eberst Law Firm. We are ready to handle your case. You can contact us online or call us at 772-225-4900.
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