Due to the sheer amount of time truck drivers spend on Florida roadways each year, the odds of being involved in a serious trucking accident are greatly increased, for both truck drivers and other motorists alike.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact our West Palm Beach truck accident lawyers today.
At Gordon & Doner, our truck accident lawyers have detailed knowledge of Florida's traffic and trucking laws, and we can help fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation for your injuries, lost wages and medical bills.
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Different Types of Trucks That Often Cause Accidents
Due to the wide variety of products being transported throughout the U.S., many different types and sizes of commercial shipping vehicles can be found on America's roadways. Each vehicle is designed for a different transport purpose and has its own unique hauling capabilities.
Despite some of the newer commercial vehicles having the very latest in electronic safety technology, many commercial vehicles still rely on braking technology that was designed over 30 years ago. When outdated braking features are subjected to repeated wear and tear, the consequences can be tragic.
Some of the more popular commercial vehicles that may still be using braking systems that are technologically out-of-date include:
- 18 wheelers, including semi-trucks, tractor-trailers and "B" double varieties
- Road trains
- Delivery vehicles (UPS / FEDEX / US Postal Service)
- Fire engines
- Armored currency transporters
- Garbage collectors
- Dump trucks
- Passenger buses and coaches
- Livestock carriers
- Flat-bed trucks
- Tanker trucks
It is important to note that outdated truck braking systems are not the only cause of truck accidents. There are many potential causes of trucking accidents, some of which are discussed below.
If you have been involved in a truck accident and would like to speak with a reputable West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer, contact us today. We are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your accident and your best legal course of action.
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Common Causes of Serious Truck Accidents
While common sense dictates that all truck drivers are properly trained and licensed, this is not always the case.
In fact, several studies published by the Federal Highway Administration revealed the majority of truck driving schools do not provide adequate training for new drivers of large, commercial vehicles. The study also found the trucking industry does not require most drivers to be familiar with traffic laws or rules of the road.
Additionally, drivers with a commercial drivers' license (CDL) are not required to have any on-the-road experience before climbing behind the wheel of a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle.
Lack of proper training, coupled with long work hours and insufficient knowledge of traffic rules, all contribute significantly to the chances of a truck accident occurring. With this in mind, the majority of serious truck accidents can be attributed to five main factors. These factors include:
- Insufficient driver skill level
- Driver fatigue
- Lack of vehicle inspections
- Improperly loaded cargo, cargo that has shifted, or cargo that exceeds the vehicle's weight capacity
The West Palm Beach truck accident lawyers at Gordon & Doner can provide trustworthy legal counsel for all truck accident victims. If you or someone you love has been involved in a truck accident, please contact us today to discuss your legal needs.
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Common Types of Truck Crashes
Did you know that vehicles that exceed a weight of 10,000 pounds account for the majority of all accidents, deaths and injuries on the nation's roadways?
With an alarming statistic such as this, it is easy to understand why so many people become victims of serious accidents involving a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle.
Just as there are common factors that contribute to commercial vehicle collisions, there are also common types of crashes that appear more frequently than others.
The most common types of truck crashes include:
- Jackknife - this occurs when a truck's trailer spins around and faces backward, making the truck resemble the shape of a partially unfolded jackknife or pocket knife.
- Rollovers - if the immense weight of a truck's cargo causes the truck to lose stability, the truck can begin to roll.
- Rear-end collisions - this type of accident occurs when the heavy weight of a truck prevents the driver from coming to a complete stop before hitting the rear end of another vehicle.
- Underride crashes - smaller vehicles can rear-end a semi-truck and be pushed underneath the truck's trailer, as the height of a trailer in comparison to a vehicle is often quite substantial.
- Cargo spills - these accidents occur when improperly loaded cargo, or cargo that exceeds a truck's weight capacity, falls onto the roadway during transport.
Any accident involving a large commercial truck, be it an underride crash, rear-end collision or cargo spill, can have a devastating impact on all victims involved. Contact the West Palm Beach truck accident lawyers at Gordon & Doner today if you have been involved in any type of truck crash. We will use our legal knowledge and experience to help you receive the justice and maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
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Common Types of Injuries From Heavy Vehicle Collisions
With the inclusion of airbags and other safety devices in many passenger vehicles, the chance a motorist will survive a serious truck accident has dramatically increased.
However, due to the enormous force that is often generated during a truck accident, these safety devices can only protect vehicle occupants to a certain extent. As a result, the injuries that motorists sustain in a truck collision are often very severe.
Some common injuries that passengers, passers-by and other motorists can sustain in a truck accident include:
- Facial damage
- Bruises, tears and bleeding of internal organs
As with any accident scene, it is important to immediately call 9-1-1 if anyone has been injured, quickly followed by contacting local authorities to report the accident.
After a truck crash, many victims face debilitating injuries, such as those listed above, and are often subjected to extensive hospital stays and lengthy recovery times. This can cause victims to accrue mounting medical bills, while at the same time losing income due to their inability to work.
At Gordon & Doner, our West Palm Beach truck accident lawyers understand the many obstacles victims face on their path to recovery. Contact us today for the help you need with reclaiming your life, your lost wages, and the financial compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
How to Contact Our West Palm Beach Truck Accident Lawyers
For many accident victims, knowing what to do and who to contact after being involved in a serious truck accident can be very confusing.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a large, commercial vehicle, it is important to contact a reputable, experienced truck accident lawyer who can help explain your legal options and relieve the burden of pursuing an injury compensation claim.
At Gordon & Doner, our West Palm Beach truck accident lawyers and staff members are sympathetic to injury victims and are prepared to fight for your rights in a court of law. We have negotiated settlements and obtained numerous landmark courtroom victories, while also providing the determination to ensure a fair and just verdict is delivered to our clients.
To find out more, please call us at 1 (855) 722-2552 and a member of our intake staff will quickly obtain details about your incident and then refer you to one of our knowledgeable and helpful West Palm Beach truck accident lawyers.
Together, we can work to determine the merits of your claim and help you receive the maximum amount of financial compensation allowed by law.