If you drive in the Miami area, you regularly drive around large commercial trucks like semis, big-rigs, and tanker trucks. These vehicles perform an essential function in our economy, hauling untold tons of goods and materials from place to place each day. Unfortunately, when they are involved in accidents, they also cause tremendous damage and serious injuries.
Commercial trucks are much larger and heavier than the passenger vehicles with which they share the road. In addition, unlike the cars and trucks most of us drive, many commercial trucks are articulated, meaning that they are made up of multiple segments connected by a moveable joint. These characteristics make them more susceptible to certain types of accidents, four of which are discussed below.
Rollover accidents occur when a truck flips over onto its side or roof. When this happens, the vehicle is impossible for the driver to control, making rollover accidents extremely dangerous. They can occur for a variety of reasons but often occur due to driver error or improperly loaded or secured cargo.
In a jackknife accident, the trailer of a truck folds against the cab, resembling the action of a folding knife. In many cases, the trailer of the truck sweeps perpendicularly across the roadway, putting everyone in the area at risk. Jackknife accidents are often the result of speeding, improper braking, and ignoring poor weather conditions.
Runaway Truck Accidents
Runaway truck accidents occur when a truck’s brakes overheat and/or fail. This often occurs when a trucker uses his or her brakes to control vehicle speed on a steep downhill rather than using a low gear.
Large commercial trucks often have significantly more ground clearance than passenger vehicles, resulting in a risk of underride or override accidents. Underride accidents occur when a vehicle behind the truck hits the truck’s trailer and becomes wedged underneath. Likewise, override accidents happen when a truck hits a smaller vehicle from behind and the smaller vehicle is wedged under the cab.
Truck Accident Victims Should Retain Legal Counsel Immediately
Trucking companies and the companies that insure them know that they operate in a high-risk industry and are actively prepared to do everything they can to limit liability. This includes making unreasonably low settlement offers, misrepresenting your legal rights, and digging through medical records in order to characterize your injuries as pre-existing conditions. For this reason, it’s important that you retain a lawyer to represent you as soon as possible after an accident.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Miami Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident with a semi-truck, you should speak to a lawyer as soon as you can. At Flagler Personal Injury Group, our truck accident attorneys are committed to helping accident victims obtain the compensation they are due under Florida law. To schedule a free case evaluation with a lawyer, call us today at 305-424-8445 or send us an email through our online contact form.
We handle a variety of cases, so call us now if you have any questions.
View more contact information here: Miami Truck Accident Lawyer.