Armored Truck Accidents
Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Feb 19, 2013 in Truck Accidents
Armored trucks are used to ship valuables, such as large sums of money for companies (i.e. retail outlets, banks) and are designed to withstand robbery attempts. Due to the weight and design of armored vehicles, they can be dangerous when they are involved in multi-vehicle crashes.
If you or a relative was injured in an armored truck accident, you may be able to seek legal action against the negligent party. Contact Gordon & Partners today learn about the legal rights available to injury victims.
Common Injuries in Armored Truck accidents
Armored vehicles can weigh up to 55,000 pounds. While the typical passenger vehicle weighs around 4,000 pounds; this means that an armored truck weighs almost 14 times more than the average sedan on Florida highways. The difference in sizes between the vehicles can create disastrous results when a collision occurs. Armored truck accidents can cause passenger occupants to sustain serious and debilitating injuries.
Listed below are some common injuries suffered in an armored truck crash:
- Bone fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Rib injuries
Vehicle occupants injured in armored truck accidents should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a few days after a truck accident before symptoms of an injury may appear. Depending on the type of injury sustained in the crash, serious complication can develop if it goes untreated.
Liability for Armored Truck Accidents
Armored trucks are owned by companies and corporations; these companies are responsible for hiring the truck drivers. If an armored truck is involved in a collision, the company may be held accountable for damages incurred.
Negligent employment is another type of liability. If a company was aware that the truck driver had history of traffic violations or reckless driving prior to employment, the truck company may be held liable for the crash.
Additionally, the corporations are responsible for making sure that their vehicles are in satisfactory condition. Commercial trucks, including armored trucks require regular maintenance and inspection to make sure that the auto parts are not defective. Armored vehicles are made from a bulletproof material that adds weight to the vehicle. Companies need make sure that their armored vehicles are operating safely, since they have the potential to cause extensive property damage and fatally injure other motorists.
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Filing a Legal Claim for Armored Truck Accidents
If you or a loved one was injured in a Florida truck accident, you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. Contact an experienced attorney to explore your legal options.
At Gordon & Partners, our legal team offers free legal consultations to accident victims. An attorney will review the facts of your case and advise you on the best legal remedy to pursue.