Florida Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyers
Tractor-trailers, semis, or big rigs have obvious size and weight advantages over smaller passenger vehicles. Big rigs can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds – or even more, depending on the permits they have. By comparison, the average passenger vehicle weighs 3,000 to 4,000 pounds, a fraction of a big rig. In a collision, it’s no surprise that tractor-trailers can cause extreme damage to smaller vehicles and their occupants. After these dangerous and terrifying crashes in Florida, a legal professional is highly recommended to help you navigate the claims process against the truck driver or the trucking company. Call the lawyers at Freedland Harwin Valori, PL for a free consultation today.
Most Common Types of Tractor-Trailer Accidents
The setup and maneuverability of tractor-trailers make them prone to certain types of accidents. Proper truck driver training and experience helps reduce the number of tractor-trailer accidents, as does attentive drivers. The majority of crashes stem from negligence – either the truck company’s negligence, the driver’s, or a third party. Negligence typically plays a role in the most common types of crashes, such as:
- Jackknife. Tractor-trailers are the only vehicles on the road that experience jackknife accidents or crashes in which the trailer of the truck swings out from the cab at an angle. These crashes can occur when a truck driver brakes too fast and too hard. A driver cannot control a jackknifed vehicle, which can then slide into other cars or turn over.
- Rollovers. Rollovers can happen when drivers take turns too sharply or lose control of the truck. When a big rig overturns, it can take other vehicles with it, crushing or smashing them.
- Part failures. Breakdowns and loss of vehicle control can occur when the truck has poorly maintained tires, brakes, steering, or other parts. Part failures can also happen if the product has a defect from the manufacturer.
- Blind spot collisions. The length of a tractor-trailer results in large blind spots in which the truck driver cannot see other vehicles on the road. Truckers must take due care when merging or switching lanes.
- Wide-turn crashes. Tractor-trailers must take especially wide turns because of the length of the vehicles and the way in which the cabs “hinge” with the trailer. Swinging turn crashes can happen when the trucker swings left to make a right turn, colliding with other cars or trapping them between the truck and sidewalk.
Tractor-trailers are unique vehicles with unique accidents. Every type of big rig crash puts lives in danger. Truck crashes can cause broken bones, burns, lacerations, brain injuries, spine injuries, and many other serious harms, on top of major property damage. As a victim of a tractor-trailer crash, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your damages. Lawyers like those at Freedland Harwin Valori, PL have the knowledge and resources to bring forth thorough claims against the parties responsible for your damages.
Seek Consultation from Experienced Florida Attorneys
Freedland Harwin Valori, PL has years of experience handling large-truck crash cases in Fort Lauderdale and throughout Florida. We have helped victims with permanent and catastrophic injuries recover damages, such as past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one was recently in a collision with a tractor-trailer, we want to hear from you. We can investigate your accident, assign fault, and help you pursue compensation through a suitable type of claim. Call us immediately for a free evaluation.