Daytona Beach Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck Accident Attorneys in Daytona Beach
Florida is home to some of the busiest highways in the country, including I-4 going east-west across the state and I-95 going north-south along the east coast through populated cities like Daytona Beach, West Palm Beach, and Miami. These interstates carry thousands of cars every day, along with hundreds of heavy commercial trucks that are vital to the state economy.
Unfortunately, crashes involving large trucks colliding with passenger vehicles are unavoidable – they’re bound to happen sooner or later. They can be some of the most destructive, severe accidents on the road, often turning into multiple-car collisions. Such accidents can turn many lives upside-down at once. If you’ve been injured, or had your car totaled in an accident involving a commercial truck, call the experienced team at Eberst Law to help you seek compensation for your losses.
Damages in a Truck Accident Case
Because of the life-changing nature commercial truck accidents have a variety of damages can be sought from the responsible parties in court.
Economic damages are expenses incurred as a result of the accident that have a concrete dollar amount. These include things like:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy for long-term disabilities
- Modifications to your home, such as wheelchair ramps and bathroom access
- Lost wages due to time off work or having to find a new career
These damages are calculated different, as they are intangible factors that are not assigned a dollar amount lightly. The most common type is damages awarded for pain and suffering, or medical compensation for the mental strain the aftermath of an accident places on a person owing to lifestyle changes and the trauma of the event itself.
Courts award punitive damages at the discretion of judges to make exemplary cases out of particularly negligent drivers or truck companies, such as if the driver willfully ignored road laws or the trucking company operated in flagrant violation of safety regulations.
Common Injuries from Truck Accidents
Back and neck injuries
The fragile bones and ligaments in your back and neck are at high risk from any kind of impact, and the high force of a truck crash can cause pain that lingers for days after the crash, even if you have no other obvious injuries.
Spinal cord injuries
Injuries to your spine can result in paralysis of your limbs or lower body. Spinal injuries are not easily fixed, and can involve months or years of treatments and physical therapy.
Ruptured fuel tanks are no small risk when a heavy commercial truck collides with a passenger vehicle. Fires can spread fast and cause heavy burns to drivers or passengers.
Amputation and disfigurement
Crushing forces from the collision alone can lead to loss of a limb, or if medical personnel determine that the limb is beyond saving in the aftermath.
Internal injuries often don’t display symptoms for days after the crash. Concussions can linger for days if your head takes an impact in the accident, and airbag deployment can cause blunt trauma that may damage your internal organs.
Lacerations and Broken Bones
Cuts, bruises, and fractures may sound like getting off easy, but they can be deceptively serious. Cuts from sharp glass can lead to disfiguring scars or infection.
Common Types of Truck Accidents
- Jackknife – When the coupling connecting the trailer to a tractor malfunctions, the trailer can swing out perpendicular to the truck and collide with cars in an adjacent lane.
- Runaway truck – Trucks driving downhill can slip out of their driver’s control due to things like brake failure. When this happens, the truck barrels down the highway unimpeded and will hit anything in its path.
- Rollover – Semi-trailers are prone to tipping over when drivers take corners too fast due to their high center of gravity. Trucks and can also tip over from sudden maneuvers or high winds, not only potentially landing on other vehicles but also causing road blockades.
- Override – With their heavy weight, trucks don’t just rear-end other vehicles. They can actually drive onto the back of smaller vehicles, potentially crushing the trunk and backseat.
- Underride – The opposite of an override, underrides are when smaller cars crash into the back of a truck due to the truck suddenly slowing or stopping and become wedged under the trailer. These accidents often kill motorists in the front seat of the smaller car.
- Cargo spills – Improperly secured flatbed cargo like heavy pipes or construction materials can fall into the road, where cars can crash into them.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are often more complex than normal motor vehicle crashes, and understanding the potential causes can help your attorney craft your case.
- Driver Fatigue – Truck drivers are supposed to adhere to a schedule of rest breaks to ensure their safety and other’s. When they push themselves and do not take these breaks, they put other drivers at risk.
- Failures To Secure Cargo – As mentioned above, truck drivers handle large loads that can fall off their trucks if not secured properly. Typically if this happens, it is not the driver’s fault, as they are often not the one overseeing the loading of their trailer.
- Truck Manufacturer – Some accidents are the result of improper maintenance or faulty parts.
Multiple Party Claims
Truck accidents are unique in that they often have layers of negligence, meaning that plaintiffs can hold multiple parties accountable in the event of multiple factors contributing to the accident. All of them will be equally responsible for paying the damages.
For example, say a truck company manufactured a faulty set of tires that went on a truck. The truck was then driven by a tired driver who failed to notice the tires were faulty. In that scenario, both the tired driver and the manufacturer of the tires would be responsible if that truck collides with a passenger vehicle.
Getting Compensation for a Truck Accident
Truck accidents can be sudden, traumatic events that turn your life upside-down. They can saddle you with heavy amounts of medical debt, and cause you no small amount of trauma. In the aftermath of one, you need an experienced attorney to guide you through the process of seeking compensation.
We at Eberst Law can help. Our Daytona Beach team is experienced in handling claims for truck accidents and can get you the damages you deserve. Contact us on our online form here, or call us at 772-225-4900. Our experienced Daytona Beach team is ready to help you.