In 2018, 4,136 people died in accidents involving trucks, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Of those victims, 67% were occupants in passenger vehicles. Because these large tractor-trailers are often 20 to 30 times heavier than passenger vehicles and because cars often underride the large trucks in accidents, it is no surprise that the injuries that occur as a result of truck accidents are severe.
If you are hurt and in pain because of an accident with a large truck, you may be able to hold the negligent parties responsible for your injuries. The team at Bogin, Munns & Munns is available to discuss the details of your case and determine if you are eligible for compensation for damages.
We offer a free, no-risk consultation for truck accident victims in the Titusville area. To speak with a member of our team right away, contact Bogin, Munns & Munns today at (321) 567-5470.
Injuries that Occur in Truck Accidents
There are many injuries that can occur in truck accidents, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries: Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a major cause of death and disability in the U.S. In severe cases, the victims may experience impaired cognitive functioning or have changes in personality.
- Spinal cord injuries: Spinal cord injuries can impact a victim’s ability to move their arms or legs, and many people require assistive devices like walkers or wheelchairs after this type of injury. Some signs of a spinal cord injury are shock, tingling in the extremities, or difficulty walking.
- Internal bleeding: Internal bleeding occurs because of damage to the tissue in the brain or internal organs. Many people experience severe hemorrhaging after the trauma of a truck accident, which can cause external bleeding, seizures, comas, and even death.
- Broken bones: Because of the force created in a truck accident, broken bones are common. The seriousness of this injury depends on the nature of the break, such as whether the bone shatters in multiple pieces or if it pierces the skin.
These are just a few of the possible injuries that someone could experience in a truck accident. If you or someone you love experienced one of these injuries or another one as a result of a truck accident, you may be eligible to hold the negligent parties responsible for your damages and losses. Contact Bogin, Munns & Munns today at (321) 567-5470 for a free case review.
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Causes of Truck Accidents
There is virtually an unlimited number of circumstances that can lead to a truck accident. However, some of the top known factors include:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that drowsy driving impacts a driver’s ability to react quickly if traffic suddenly slows or stops, impairs their decision-making abilities, and makes it harder to pay attention to the road. Though truck drivers are legally allowed to drive up to 11 hours at a stretch–a time period that, in itself, is quite long–many drivers push beyond this limit to meet or exceed deadlines.
Trucks require a longer distance to come to a stop than cars and other passenger vehicles. If the truck driver is not giving their complete attention to the road, they may not immediately notice that the flow of traffic has changed and may not be able to stop in time.
Distracted driving includes a number of types of distractions, including cell phones, eating behind the wheel, changing the radio station, and even just letting your mind wander. Unfortunately, anything that takes your mind off the road can cause an accident and endanger the lives of others.
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Recoverable Damages After a Truck Accident
If you have been involved in a truck accident, you may be able to hold the negligent party or parties accountable for your losses. Every accident is different, though, so there is no way we can estimate the recoverable damages for your case until we investigate the evidence. That said, some common types of recoverable damages include:
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement or dismemberment
- Lost wages
- Future wages if you cannot return to work
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Property damage
If your loved one died due to an accident involving a large truck, you may be able to recover:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of support and protection
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to the care of the deceased before their death
- Wages and benefits previously provided by the deceased
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Laws that May Impact Your Claim
There are a couple of laws that could impact your case: the statute of limitations and the legal doctrine of comparative negligence.
According to the Florida Statute of Limitations §95, you must file your claim within four years of the date of the accident, or you are generally barred from recovering any type of compensation.
It is also important to know that Florida is a pure comparative negligence state. That means if the plaintiff is at all responsible for causing the accident, their compensation will be reduced by the degree to which they were negligent. In other words, if you are found to be 20% responsible for the accident, you can only recover 80% of the compensation for your losses.
Lawyers sometimes use comparative negligence as a legal defense to claim you are more responsible for an accident than you really are. A Titusville truck accident lawyer can help to defend you against tactics like these.
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A Titusville truck accident lawyer can gather evidence and build a strong case pursuing compensation to the fullest extent of your injuries. They can negotiate with the defendant’s or insurance company’s lawyers to recover a fair settlement for your injuries or take your case to trial in order to seek further compensation.
For a free review of your truck accident claim, contact Bogin, Munns & Munns today at (321) 567-5470. There is no obligation and initial consultations for Titusville truck accident victims are always free.
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