Orlando Truck Accident Attorneys
Knowledgeable Help for Victims of Truck Crashes
Statistics shows that the rate of fatal motor vehicle accidents is on the rise in Florida. Truck accidents specifically can be devastating and are known to result in catastrophic injuries and casualties. According to Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, over 400 individuals sustained injuries in truck crashes in 2015 alone. NeJame Law’s truck accident lawyers in Orlando have the experience needed to help you navigate a legal claim after being injured. We can obtain evidence to establish liability and make sure those responsible for your accident don’t get away with negligence.
Common Types of Truck Accidents
Trucking plays an essential role in our nation’s economy—every day, countless truck drivers make their long commutes across state lines to deliver important supplies and goods, and according to the American Trucking Association, 11.49 billion tons were shipped in 2018. Unfortunately, this also means there are accidents every day involving trucks, and some of them are unique to tractor-trailers.
Some common types of large commercial truck accidents include:
- Jackknife Accidents: Jackknifing refers to the shape that a tractor-trailer makes when its trailer swings out to a 90-degree angle. These accidents usually occur when trucks brake suddenly and often lead to rollovers, creating dangers for everyone in the vicinity and on the road.
- Rollover Truck Accidents: When truck drivers lose control of their trucks, it’s common for the tractor-trailers to roll over on their sides or roofs. Rollovers often trap nearby vehicles and spilled cargo can pose a hazard to others on the road, especially if it’s flammable or explosive.
- Underride Accidents: These accidents are among the most deadly types of truck crashes and occur when trucks brake quickly and approaching vehicles slide beneath the tractor-trailer before they have time to brake or swerve out of the way. The tops of the smaller vehicles are usually sheared off, which can lead to severe injuries and deaths.
- Rear-end Truck Accidents: These accidents happen when truck drivers cannot stop in time and hit the car in front of them. They often happen when trucks are traveling at high speed, which can be devastating to the occupants of smaller cars because of the size and weight of these larger commercial vehicles. They frequently result on multi-car collisions.
It’s worth mentioning that truck accidents usually lead to injuries that are far more severe than injuries acquired in a passenger vehicle crash. This is owed to the size and weight of commercial trucks, some of which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and carry dangerous cargo.
What to do After a Truck or Semi-Truck Accident
When a truck or semi truck accident occur, it is crucial that you call 911 and immediately seek advice and counsel from our experienced Orlando Truck Accident Attorneys. We are not only truck accident lawyers in Orlando, but also across Central Florida and we are able to represent clients throughout the entire State of Florida including Port St. Lucie, West Palm Beach and any other city along the Florida Turnpike. We will act quickly on your behalf to obtain photos, secure evidence and place the legal notifications in place to prevent the destruction of valuable information that will lead to the answers of what, why, and how the accident happened.
There are crucial differences between interstate trucking cases and other auto collision cases; we understand these differences! Interstate trucking is governed by the FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS, and such cases involve satellite communication systems or engine control modules "the black box" technology, mandatory business practices and records retention.
Who Is at Fault for Truck Accidents?
Truck drivers can often be found at-fault for accidents they cause if they were behaving carelessly. Fatigue is one of the leading causes of truck crashes because truck drivers tend to drive long distances, sometimes overnight, without taking breaks.
Trucking companies may also be held liable for damages if they’re guilty of cutting corners by failing to properly train their drivers or conduct background checks. Additionally, loose or dangerous cargo that causes accidents may not be the fault of the driver, but of the cargo company or those who loaded the vehicle.
How Can Our Truck Accident Attorneys Help?
It’s inadvisable to handle your truck accident claim on your own. Not only are truck accident cases complicated when determining liability, as various parties can be at-fault for damages, but trucking companies have their own lawyers they’ll likely consult to combat your claim and deny you the compensation you’re entitled to.
When a commercial truck accident happens, our truck accident attorneys can act quickly on your behalf to:
- Thoroughly investigate the accident
- Establish liability for your crash
- Obtain and preserve the evidence to be used in your case
- Acquire record statements from witnesses and interview them when necessary
- Obtain and analyze reports issued by insurance companies and police
- Obtain photos of the accident scene and review camera footage, if available
- Examine the photos of the involved vehicles and determine the extent of the damages
- Obtain and review medical records
- Recreate the accident with the help of reconstruction and trucking experts
All of this evidence can help us to recover the maximum amount of compensation that is available so you can cover the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. We can also file a wrongful death claim on your behalf if you lost a loved one in a truck accident.
Contact our Personal Injury Lawyers Today!
It is absolutely crucial that anyone involved in a truck accident seeks appropriately aggressive representation from an experienced trucking accident lawyer. Accidents and injuries involving trucks and other commercial vehicles can be some of the most destructive and severe accidents on our roadways. Due to the size and weight of commercial vehicles, trucks and other big rigs present a particularly hazardous threat when handled negligently and/or maintained inappropriately. Large vehicles often are involved in multi-car accidents, which can make liability difficult and accident reconstruction problematic.
A trucking or semi tractor-trailer accident can be a life altering event and turn your life upside down. When dealing with a fatality or severe injury, you’re forced to focus on the financial burden of the accident, including enormous medical expenses and loss of earnings. With over 8 million trucks on the road it is not surprising to learn that 4,000 to 6,000 people a year lose their lives in these serious semi-truck accidents and that approximately 100,000 people are injured annually.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck, semi-truck, or commercial vehicle accident in the Central Florida area, please contact an Orlando truck accident attorney from NeJame Law for your free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Call us at (407) 500-0000 to schedule a consultation. Our team is knowledgeable and experienced, and we’re available 7 days a week.