Truck accidents are often devastating for the driver and other occupants in passenger vehicles. Large trucks are as much as 20 to 30 times heavier than other vehicles and typically sit higher off the ground. This means that in an accident, a car can underride the tractor-trailer, causing severe, often life-altering injuries.
If you or a loved one is hurt and suffering due to an accident involving a large truck, the team at Bogin, Munns & Munns may be able to file a claim against the insurance company and secure a fair settlement on your behalf.
Our team knows the steps to take to insure your truck accident claim is handled in a timely manner. While our main office is in Orlando, we have an office in The Villages, and a member of our team is always available to discuss the details of your case. For a free, no-risk evaluation with a member of our team, contact Bogin, Munns & Munns today at (352) 391-6031.
Injuries That Occur in Truck Accidents
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, over 4,100 deaths occurred in 2018 because of large truck accidents, leaving many others injured. Some of the types of injuries that occur in these accidents include:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Car accidents are the second-leading cause of hospitalizations from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These injuries are caused by a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the brain’s normal functioning. In some cases, the symptoms that people experience are mild. These are generally referred to as concussions. In some cases, though, the victim experiences changes in personality, or the TBI impacts their cognitive functions. These severe TBIs can lead to permanent disability or even death.
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury is another major injury that can result in permanent disability. The spinal cord is responsible for sending messages from the brain to other parts of the body. Damage to the spinal cord can, therefore, cause a lack of mobility or feeling in other areas of the body. Some of the symptoms of a spinal cord injury include an inability to move the limbs, signs of shock, or problems walking. While some people can live productive lives after this type of injury, the complications from a spinal cord injury are often severe. Most people require assistive devices like wheelchairs to cope with the loss of mobility.
Broken bones, also known as fractures, are extremely common in any type of high-impact motor-vehicle accident, especially truck accidents because of the enormous size and weight of the tractor-trailer. The seriousness of this injury depends on the nature of the break itself, such as if the bone shattered into multiple pieces or if the broken bone pierced through the skin, causing bleeding and creating a potential for infection.
Internal bleeding is actually a symptom of another injury within the body, such as damage to the brain or internal organs. However, it can have devastating consequences of its own, as people often do not realize they are bleeding internally. Some of the symptoms of severe internal bleeding, which often occurs after a major collision, are external bleeding, seizures, and coma.
If you were injured in an accident involving a large truck in The Villages or another part of Central Florida, you have the right to hold the negligent party responsible. Contact Bogin, Munns & Munns today at (352) 391-6031 to learn how a The Villages truck accident lawyer can help.
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Causes of Truck Accidents
There are many circumstances that can lead to a truck accident. Some of the major known factors are:
- Driver fatigue: Though trucks are legally allowed to drive for up to 11 hours at a time, many drivers push beyond this limit to meet tight deadlines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowsy driving makes it difficult to pay attention to the road, slows reaction time, and impacts your decision-making abilities behind the wheel.
- Truck braking capability: Trucks require a much larger stopping distance than other vehicles, especially if the road is wet or if the brakes were not maintained properly. If the driver is tired or distracted and traffic suddenly slows or stops, they may not have enough room to brake properly and in enough time.
- Distracted driving: Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents and a problem for all drivers. Whether they are distracted by cell phones, eating behind the wheel, or just allowing their mind to wander. The three major types of distractions, according to the CDC, are cognitive, where you take your mind off the wheel, manual, where you take your hands off the wheel, or visual, where your eyes are off the road. Certain activities, like using a cell phone, are especially dangerous because they involve all three.
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How the Florida Statute of Limitations Can Impact Your Case
In Florida, the statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is two years. If you do not file a claim pursuing compensation from the defendant within that time, you are generally barred from recovering any type of compensation. Wrongful death lawsuits also follow this two-year window, so we advise that you contact our firm as soon as possible so we can get started.
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How The Villages Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help Your Case
We understand how overwhelmed you may feel as a result of your accident. You may even be healing from your injuries still or have a permanent disability as a result of the truck accident. Our team is here to help.
The Villages truck accident lawyers can gather evidence like police reports, eyewitness statements, and surveillance video or traffic cameras to determine what caused the accident and who is likely liable. If necessary, we can even work with accident scene reconstruction experts to determine liability. We can gather medical records, bills, and receipts, to determine the total value of your case, including the cost of your pain and suffering.
We will negotiate with the defendant’s or insurance company’s lawyer to pursue a fair settlement for your case. If one cannot be reached, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial.
For a free, no-risk review of your claim, contact Bogin, Munns & Munns today at (352) 391-6031.