Truck drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles in the safest possible manner. Not only are they carrying important, and sometimes dangerous, cargo that needs protection, but they also have a duty to avoid accidents with other drivers and protect them from the possibility of serious injuries.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, weight enforcement rules allow certain semi-trucks to weigh as much as 40 tons, which significantly outweighs the typical passenger car or SUV. Should these two vehicles collide, the greater size and weight of the truck may cause crushing injuries to those riding in the passenger vehicle, leading to potentially life-changing disabilities.
With an Orlando truck accident lawyer on your side, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, pain, and suffering. Call the Bogin, Munns & Munns team at (407) 578-9696 today for a free consultation. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, so you will not pay any fees upfront.
Reasons for Truck Accidents
The most common cause of truck crashes involves driver error. If the truck driver makes a mistake while driving, he or she could be found negligent in a truck accident personal injury lawsuit, which is a key component to helping you receive the best possible settlement.
The truck driver does not have to purposefully cause the crash to be found negligent. This finding just means that the driver could have taken a different action to avoid the crash.
Driving Under the Influence
According to Florida DUI laws in § 316.193, any driver with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher could be ticketed for driving under the influence (DUI). Both alcohol and drugs show up in the testing of the blood alcohol level.
Even if they do not reach the 0.08% level, when drivers drink alcohol or take drugs before driving, any sort of impaired driving can be dangerous. They may struggle to control the truck safely in a few different ways that could lead to an accident, including:
- Reduced reaction times to avoid hazards
- Decreased hand-eye coordination to make adjustments to the truck’s direction
- Reduced concentration, which can lead to not seeing a possible hazard on the roadway
- Limited ability to perceive time and distance, which can result in following other vehicles too closely
According to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), any time some sort of device or task inside the cab of the semi-truck takes the driver’s focus away from the road, distracted driving is occurring. Without paying proper attention to the road, the driver may not see an upcoming hazard, leading to a devastating crash.
The use of some items that can lead to distracted driving include:
- Printed materials
- Climate controls
- Video screens
- Other people in the cab
- Fatigued/Drowsy Driving
Some truck drivers spend a lot of time working consecutive days and many hours, which can lead to drowsy driving.
Truck drivers must adhere to a limit in the number of hours they are allowed to drive over a certain number of days. Should the driver violate these driving hour statutes, he or she could be found negligent in an injury crash.
If you suspect the trucker who hit your car was experiencing drowsy driving, or any other form of distracted driving, consider contacting an Orlando truck accident lawyer. Our team at Bogin, Munns & Munns may be able to build a strong case against the responsible party to help you receive compensation for your injuries. Call (407) 578-9696 to get started today.
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Common Injuries in Truck Accidents
When a semi-truck hits a car, anyone in the vehicle could suffer a serious injury, including the driver, front seat passengers, or back seat passengers. Airbags and seat belts can certainly help to reduce the severity of injuries for those in the car, but serious injuries still may occur.
Some of the injuries you may experience if you were involved in a truck accident include:
- Head injuries: may include traumatic brain injuries, concussions, disfigurement, or loss of senses.
- Neck injuries: may include whiplash, which greatly affects your ability to move your head normally.
- Back injuries: may include spinal cord injuries or a broken back, potentially leading to paralysis or a significant loss of freedom of movement.
- Broken bones: may include arms, legs, collarbones, and ribs, and some broken bones may be compound fractures.
Some of these injuries could result in paralysis or in a significant reduction in your quality of life.
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Working With an Attorney
So how can an Orlando truck accident attorney help with your personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver’s insurance company? Some of the services we offer include:
Finding the negligent parties: we will investigate the case, determining whether the truck owner, the hiring company, or the company that maintained the truck could be found negligent along with the driver.
Negotiating with the insurer: we will deal with the insurance company on your behalf, freeing you up to spend your time healing and taking care of your family.
Determining the extent of your injuries: we can work with your medical providers to figure out exactly how this accident has caused a change in the way you can enjoy your life, making it easier to determine the fairest settlement amount.
Representing you in court: we will stand by your side during a court case, should the insurance company refuse to come to a fair resolution in the case.
Let Us Go to Work on Your Behalf
At Bogin, Munns & Munns we are not afraid to take on the tough cases. Sometimes, the insurance company does not want to give you a fair settlement that truly compensates you for your injuries. In situations like this, we know how to present your side of the case, working toward receiving the fairest result for you.
When a negligent truck driver causes your injuries, pain, and suffering, you should not have to bear the burden of the consequences of this accident on your own. An Orlando truck accident lawyer can gather evidence and hold the responsible party liable.
Call Bogin, Munns & Munns at (407) 578-9696 as soon as you are able after your accident. We are ready to begin working on your case as soon as you hire us. The initial consultation is free for Orlando truck accident victims and there are no upfront costs. We do not receive payment unless we settle your claim or win in court.