Truck Accident Attorneys In Florida
Parker Waichman LLP, a personal injury law firm with a strong presence in Florida, has decades of experience successfully representing clients in motor vehicle accident lawsuits. If you or someone you know was injured in a truck accident in Florida, contact one of our personal injury attorneys today. Our firm offers free, no-obligation legal consultations. Our accident attorneys also work on a contingency fee, meaning you only pay lawyers’ fees if we win your case.
Any motor vehicle accident can lead to serious or fatal injuries, but stakes are even higher when a truck is involved. Due to the large size and weight of trucks, truck crashes can be disastrous for everyone on the road. This is particularly concerning in Florida, which is seeing a rise in traffic fatalities. The filing of a lawsuit for injuries resulting from a truck accident may be different from other types of personal injury lawsuits because truck drivers are subject to federal rules, regulations and codes.
Truck Accidents and Injuries
Common injuries associated with truck accidents and other motor vehicle accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), ranging from mild concussion to cognitive problems
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Back injuries such as a herniated disc
- Blunt force trauma to the chest
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Soft tissue injuries
As with any motor vehicle accident, truck accidents are more likely to occur with speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving and drowsy driving. All drivers on the road should be cautious and attentive to avoid an accident. It only takes a second for a catastrophic truck accident to occur.
Everyone on the road, truck drivers, non-truck drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians, can take measures to reduce the risk of a truck accident. For example, truck drivers often have long shifts where they need to meet a delivery deadline. If they drive while tired or fatigued, an accident can easily occur. All drivers should avoid drowsy driving, but this is particularly relevant to truck drivers.
Cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians should also exercise caution near trucks. Avoid riding in the truck’s “no-zone”, or their blind spot. Follow the rules of the road yield right-of-way when appropriate. Truck accidents can result from things like following too closely, improper passing, or unsafe lane changing.
Florida Truck Fatalities Increased in 2015, State Traffic Fatalities Rising
Traffic deaths are rising in Florida and nationwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that traffic fatalities rose 10 percent in the United States during the first half of 2016 compared the same period in 2015. The National Safety Council (NSC) released a report in August 2016 showing an “upward trend” of deaths on the road nationwide.
The NSC report showed that Florida had the highest increase in traffic fatalities. Since 2014, traffic deaths rose 43 percent in the state. A total of 1,114 people died in Florida motor vehicle accidents between January and June 2014. This rose to 1,441 during the first half of 2015 and even higher to 1,590 in 2016. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles had a similar count of state traffic deaths for 2016: 1,555.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles there were 374,443 crashes in the state in 2015 compared to only 344,469 accidents in 2014. Currently, data shows that 273,363 accidents occurred in Florida in 2016.
NHTSA data also shows that fatalities from truck accidents in Florida increased between 2014 and 2015. In 2014, 190 people died in a Florida accident involving a large truck compared to 225 fatalities in 2015.
NSC says that the rise in Florida traffic incidents is partly due to increased traffic. NSC statistics group manager Ken Kolosh says that the rise in traffic accidents during an 18-month period coincides with a growth in Florida’s economy, a decrease in unemployment rates and low gas prices.
Large cities such as Miami are particularly affected by motor vehicle accidents. Miami-Dade crash data over a six-year period show that over one in six accidents in the state occur in the Miami region. Miami has about 4,000 accidents a month or 50,000 crashes a year.
Drivers between the ages of 20 and 24 were most likely to be involved in fatal car accidents in Florida, followed by drivers between the ages of 25 and 29. The risk of a collision increases with distracted driving, especially distractions due to mobile devices.
What to Do If Injured in a Florida Truck Accident
If you were involved in a truck accident in Florida, seek medical attention immediately. Truck accidents can be catastrophic, causing severe or life-threatening injuries. Keep in mind that not all injuries manifest themselves immediately after a crash, so consider seeking medical attention even if injuries seem minor at first. For example, a TBI or soft tissue injuries may not produce symptoms until later. Your medical records also provide proof of your injury when dealing with an insurance company or pursuing litigation.
When you are involved in a truck accident or any type of accident, it is a good idea to document the accident if possible. Take pictures of the accident scene, damage to the vehicles and your injuries. Obtain the other driver’s license plate number and contact information. Get statements from eyewitnesses if you can.
Remember that the other party’s insurance company is always looking for a reason to say that the accident was your fault. Therefore, do not apologize or say “sorry” following an accident. The insurance company could later use your words against you.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney for more information about filing a Florida truck accident lawsuit. You only have a limited amount of time to sue, so we encourage you to call us today.
Filing a Florida Truck Accident Lawsuit
If you or someone you know is interested in filing a personal injury lawsuit involving a truck accident that occurred in Florida, contact one of our Florida accident attorneys today. Parker Waichman offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. For more information, fill out our online form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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