Truck accidents can be different from car accidents for many reasons. The size of a truck is much larger than a standard vehicle and can weigh thousands of pounds more. This reason alone makes a truck accident more devastating than one with a car. The damage caused by a truck in an accident can be more extensive, more expensive, and often fatal to the other parties involved.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Accidents can be caused by a truck driver’s negligence and result in jackknifing, head-on collisions, or sideswiping another vehicle. Some common ways these truck accidents occur include:
Driver fatigue. When truck drivers fall asleep at the wheel, the consequences can be catastrophic. Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established regulations designed to prevent driver fatigue, truck drivers may still drive when they’re tired. Because truckers make more money the more they drive, sometimes they spend more time on the road than they should.
Driving under the influence. To drive more hours without falling asleep, some truck drivers may take stimulants or other drugs, including amphetamines and cocaine. These drugs can alter a driver’s reaction times and/or cause hallucinations.
Distracted driving. Just like vehicle drivers, truck drivers can become distracted by the use of cell phones, GPS equipment, and other electronic devices. Even eating or adjusting the radio can take a truck driver’s attention off the road.
Trucks not only do more damage to another vehicle during a collision but also cause more severe injuries to the victims. Due to the size and weight of the truck, accident injuries are often life-threatening and can be catastrophic. Many truck accidents end with fatalities. Truck accident victims can suffer injuries such as:
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Crushed, fractured, or broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
When there is a car accident, one of the drivers is usually at fault. However, in a truck accident, there can be multiple parties responsible for the crash, and a truck accident attorney can help determine who is liable if you plan to file a personal injury claim. In addition to the driver of the truck, other parties that can be held responsible include:
- The trucking company
- The truck manufacturer
- The company that does service on the truck
- The company that loaded cargo onto the truck
Call an Experienced Florida Attorney
Since truck accidents are more complex and complicated than car accidents, you need a lawyer with experience and knowledge to handle your case. As a former Florida State Trooper, Attorney Coy H. Brown understands the devastation of a truck accident and can help you understand your rights and how to recover damages. He has experience with investigating truck cases and knows what to expect from the trucking companies and their lawyers. Contact Browning Law Firm today for a free, no-obligation consultation.