Doug / 03-01-2009 / Newsletter

Florida Truck Accidents

Florida Truck Accidents

When a big rig truck is responsible for an accident on a Florida highway, total devastation happens more often than we wish it did. Because these trucks are large, carry heavy loads and mechanically brake on a moment’s notice, they are often menaces on the highways.

Truck drivers who don’t pay attention, who are distracted, or who are too drowsy to drive can cause accidents more easily than car drivers who are under the same conditions. This is due to the fact that truck drivers are commanding more powerful vehicles. These trucks are more complex to drive and cannot usually stop on a dime when encountering hazardous conditions. Tired truck and big rig drivers traveling too fast are commonly to blame in these types of accidents.

Assigning Blame

When someone is involved in a vehicle accident with a truck, it is important that a thorough investigation take place. Assigning blame in a truck-related accident can be difficult due to the fact that there are so many issues that can go wrong with a truck. Three main parties that can be at fault in a Florida truck accident are:

• The drivers
• The truck equipment parts company
• The trucking company

When the at-fault party is a truck driver, the police report is a monumental document in the case. Law enforcement investigators who inspect the scene of the accident, interview witnesses, and look at the truck in question can often determine which party is to blame. A driver can be to blame if he wasn’t paying attention, didn’t see stopped traffic ahead, or fell asleep at the wheel. A truck equipment parts company can be to blame if the hydraulic braking system that was installed on the truck wasn’t manufactured properly and failed during operation. The trucking company can be to blame if the load being hauled is illegally overweight, causing the truck not to stop as quickly as it otherwise would.

A qualified Orlando personal injury attorney can determine which party is to blame in such a truck accident, regardless of whether blame is assigned in an official police report. An experienced Orlando personal injury lawyer inspects a truck accident just like the law enforcement does, not only to establish blame, but also to gather evidence and build the most successful case possible against the at-fault party. Because medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering costs can be expensive, hiring a top-notch Orlando personal injury attorney can make a big difference for a truck-crash victim.

The Orlando personal injury lawyers at Wooten Kimbrough, P. A. have over 40 years of experience handling personal injury cases. Partners at our firm are Board Certified Civil Trial Attorneys. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the circumstances of your potential personal injury case. We will never charge you any fees unless we make a recovery for you.

Disclaimer: All verdicts and settlements listed here are gross amounts before deductions for attorney fees and costs. Past results do not guarantee similar results in the future. Most cases result in a lower recovery. It should not be assumed that your case will have as beneficial a result. Before choosing a lawyer, ask for written information about the lawyer's legal qualifications and experience.