Trucks travel the roads of Orlando every day, transporting goods and materials, making deliveries and crossing different roads to other areas of the state of Florida. These trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds in five axles and are much larger and heavier than an average passenger car, which means that when a truck is involved in an accident, the consequences can be disastrous.
If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, an Orlando accident attorney can help you file a claim for compensation. At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our attorneys will help you make sure you get compensation for your injuries or the death of a loved one, for the full amount available under Florida law.
How Truck Accidents Happen
Truck accidents can sometimes happen because of bad weather, maintenance problems and bad road design. Sometimes, other drivers who are on the road are responsible for causing a truck accident because they make a careless mistake when they are driving near a large vehicle.
In many cases, however, the driver of the truck is the culprit of an accident. The Federal Automotive Transportation Safety Administration (FMCSA) has indicated that factors related to truck drivers are linked in 31 percent of fatal accidents. These truck drivers make mistakes that lead to accidents such as:
- Speeding, which is responsible for approximately 7 percent of fatal accidents involving large trucks caused by factors related to the driver
- The change of lanes, which covers 6 percent of fatal accidents of large trucks caused by drivers
- Driving distractedly is also a factor in approximately 6 percent of fatal accidents involving large trucks related to the driver
Other common causes of truck accidents caused by drivers may include improper loading or maintenance of the truck, drunk driving, or driving in a state of fatigue.
In any situation where a truck accident occurs, it is important to discover who was the party at fault and how the accident occurred, so that the truck driver can be held liable if he or she caused injuries to other motorists, pedestrians or cyclists on the road.
Orlando Orlando Accident Lawyer Can Help
Cases of truck accidents are complicated due to serious injuries that cause, or often are fatal. This means that generally, there is a large amount of money that is at stake in a lawsuit for a truck accident.
Truck accident cases are also more complex than most auto accident claims because often, there are several people who could be held legally responsible for covering the losses. While a driver is an obvious defendant in a truck accident lawsuit, the transportation company could also be liable and liable to pay compensation for damages. The transport company may be liable for its own negligence or for the negligence of the driver it employs.
Our Orlando truck accident attorneys will help you decide who to sue, work to gather evidence and represent you in negotiating a settlement of your case, or by suing the appropriate defendants so you can cover your losses.