Our country is dependent on truck drivers. Businesses, including supermarkets, shopping malls, and more need truck drivers to arrive on time, with their merchandise intact. Additionally, truck companies and employers demand truckers drive long hours, sometimes working up to 70 hours in the week–much longer than most Americans. All this combined with the expectation that they hit all checkpoints on time contributes to lots of truck driver fatigue across the country.
As hardworking as our truck drivers are, they are more prone to accidents than the average motorist. Between truck’s size and the skill it takes to maneuver them, it is very easy for a truck driver to, for instance, misjudge the amount of time he or she has to hit the brakes, causing an accident. If you were injured due to a negligent truck driver, you are most likely now looking into recovering financial compensation. Read on to learn more about truck accidents and your potential legal options going forward:
What can cause a truck accident?
Trucks can crash for several reasons, though usually, driver negligence is to blame. Some of the most common types of truck accidents are as follows:
- Blindspot crashes: Since trucks have massive blind spots, it is the truck driver’s job to be absolutely sure he or she is safely merging or changing lanes before doing so.
- Wide turn crashes: When a truck driver swings wide to make a right turn, he or she may hit a motorist in the adjacent lane, or even crush a vehicle between the truck and the curb or guardrail.
- Jackknife crashes: These happen when an 18-wheeler goes into a skid, causing the trailer to swing out, forming a 90-degree angle with the cab, often striking other vehicles with the trailer.
- Head-on collisions: Generally the most fatal of all truck collisions, and for obvious reasons. If you have been stricken head-on by a truck driver who was on the wrong side of the road, there is a very good chance you will recover financial compensation.
How do I recover financial compensation after a truck accident?
The key to winning any personal injury claim is satisfying the burden of proof. If your attorney can prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you will recover the financial compensation you need. Your attorney may use photographic or video evidence of the accident, medical documents, police reports, witness statements, and more. Do not wait. Speak with our seasoned Florida firm to learn more about what we can do for you.
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