Trucks, from service trucks to tractor trailers, are among the largest and heaviest vehicles on the road. As a result, they present a particularly great danger to other vehicles and pedestrians. A fully loaded tractor trailer can weigh as much as forty tons. Large trucks are difficult to maneuver, making it more likely that a truck in a dangerous situation will lose control or collide with another vehicle. Accidents with big trucks can be cause much more damage than an ordinary car accident, with property damage and significant, even disabling injuries or death. People who have been injured due to an accident with a truck should contact a South Florida truck accident attorney in order to protect their rights.
Types of Trucks
Cars, motorcycles, and other personal vehicles must share the road with trucks ranging in size from large pickup trucks and utility vehicles to full-size 18-wheelers. The bigger the truck, the more difficult it is to handle and maneuver, and the more dangerous it can be in an accident. Bigger trucks require specially trained and licensed drivers with knowledge and experience handling such vehicles, but accidents nevertheless happen.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can result from any number of causes. Perhaps the most common causes are road and weather conditions, the same factors that could contribute to any accident. Faulty or defective parts or poorly maintained equipment can lead to an accident. Trucks have certain unique risks, such as an overloaded trailer or an unequally distributed load that throws the truck off-balance. This can cause a tractor-trailer to jackknife, which is incredibly dangerous for other vehicles. Trucks tend to have poor visibility and large blind spots, which can result in a collision if a truck driver cannot see another vehicle or obstacle. Because truck drivers must often drive long distances in relatively short periods of time, truck driver fatigue and distraction can also lead to accidents.
Liability in Truck Accidents
Determining liability for damages in a truck accident can be difficult. Truck drivers often sit at one end of a complicated web of employment, management, and ownership, with liability spread among multiple people and companies. Truck drivers might own their trucks and work as independent contractors, in which case the driver might bear sole liability for an accident. In other situations, the trucks might belong to a trucking company with drivers as employees, meaning the company could be liable for the negligence of its employees. A truck manufacturer may be responsible for an accident caused by a defective part. Other drivers could be liable for all or part of someone’s damages in an accident with multiple vehicles. Establishing who should be liable for damages involves not only reconstructing what happened in an accident, but also determining who has the ability to pay a settlement or judgment, through insurance or some other method.
The Deerfield Beach injury attorneys at Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. represent people in Palm Beach and Broward County who have been injured in automobile and other vehicle accidents. Contact the firm through this website or at 954-428-9333 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.