What to Know About Accidents Involving 18-Wheelers in Florida

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Few accidents in Florida are more devastating than those involving 18-wheelers. Unfortunately, these accidents occur virtually every single day. If you are someone who has recently sustained a serious injury in one, you’re most likely now seeking financial compensation to help you heal. Please continue reading and speak with the knowledgeable Jacksonville personal injury attorneys from Ansbacher Law to learn more about these accidents and how our firm can help if you’ve been wrongfully harmed. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of accidents involving 18-wheelers in Florida?

18-wheeler accidents can happen for a wide variety of reasons, though in most cases, they occur as a result of negligence. Sometimes, truck accidents can happen when truck company employers hire inexperienced or unlicensed drivers. They can also happen when trucks are improperly serviced or don’t receive regular maintenance. In other cases, they can occur when truck company employees fail to properly load trucks, causing them to become unstable. That said, truck accidents are most frequently a result of truck driver negligence. Some common examples of truck driver negligence are as follows:

  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Exceeding the speed limit
  • Failing to account for large blind spots
  • Failing to allow adequate time to brake
  • Driving for longer than the legal limit allows
  • Looking at a GPS while driving, or otherwise driving while distracted
  • Failing to obey all other rules and regulations of the road

What should I do after being hurt in a truck accident?

If you’re hurt in a truck accident, you should first call the police and ensure you receive the medical treatment you need at once. You should also try and get a copy of the truck driver’s insurance information and acquire witness contact information. Once you’re treated, you should keep copies of medical documentation regarding your injuries and, finally, speak with our dedicated Jacksonville truck accident lawyers. Our firm can investigate the cause of your accident, such as by examining the trucker’s logbook to see if he or she was working after-hours. We can also take a look at the event data recording system in the truck to see whether the trucker was speeding at the time of your accident. The bottom line is that after a truck accident, you’d be best served with a competent legal team in your corner. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Ansbacher Law is composed of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.