Severe injuries and fatalities can result from accidents on Florida highways and roads involving cement trucks, tanker trucks, 18-wheelers, big rigs and tractor-trailers. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that in 2008, roughly 380,000 trucks were involved in crashes and collisions around the country, leading to over 4,000 fatalities.
Although a typical car accident can cause great damage to both the individuals and vehicles involved, the damage is much more catastrophic in an accident with an 80,000-pound truck. Trucks, after all, are considerably larger and heavier than most forms of motor vehicles.
Due to a truck’s sheer size and weight, these vehicles can be very difficult to stop and control. Factors such as improperly trained or inexperienced drivers, excessive speeds, poor road or weather conditions, mechanical failure, and improperly loaded cargo can attribute to the occurrence of a truck accident. Poor truck maintenance, a lack of proper documentation and violated safety regulations can also lead to truck accidents.
Among the most common injuries sustained by victims of truck accidents are head trauma, brain injuries, broken bones, back injuries, internal injuries, paralysis, amputations, and mental anguish and suffering.
When filing a claim against a negligent trucking company or truck driver, it must be established that the victim’s injuries resulted directly from the accident. It is likely that the trucking company and their insurance company will have their own team of attorneys, adjusters and investigators to study the case at hand. It is crucial, therefore, to seek legal counsel from an experienced attorney from Okeechobee, Florida.
If you or a loved one sustains injuries in a truck accident, consult with an experienced and knowledgeable Okeechobee truck accident attorney as soon as possible.
At The Law Offices of Philip DeBerard, we are aware of the various physical, emotional, psychological and financial difficulties that you and your family may be dealing with after sustaining injuries in a tractor trailer accident. We offer consultations at no cost, and provide services on a contingent basis so that you pay no fees and charges unless we win your case.
Call (863) 467-7100 for a free and confidential consultation, and put our 30+ years of experience to work for you.