Commercial Trucking Accident Attorneys
Commercial trucks are a common sight on roadways in Florida. The majority of these trucks are significantly larger and heavier than passenger vehicles, which can put other drivers and passengers at risk of serious injury during an accident. If you or a loved one have been injured in a commercial truck accident, contact a personal injury attorney in Orlando with the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A.
Types Of Commercial Trucks
Commercial trucks are divided into eight classes based on the gross vehicle weight rating. Here are five types of commercial trucks frequently seen throughout Orlando, FL, each day.
Bus accidents can be scary and tragic due to the lack of safety restraints for passengers. While buses are a popular mode of transportation to and from school and work, and to reach travel and vacation destinations, buses significantly overpower a passenger vehicle in size and weight.
Dump trucks pose many risks to other vehicles on the roads. Because a dump truck driver sits at a much higher position, the driver may not see a smaller vehicle or pedestrian before an accident occurs. This is especially true if a pedestrian or vehicle was in the blind spot of the truck driver. A high center of gravity also makes dump trucks prone to tipping over and spilling the materials it was hauling.
Also frequently called 18-wheelers, big rigs, and tractor-trailers, semi trucks cover millions of roadway miles every year, hauling a wide range of goods and products. Along with a sheer size differential, semi trucks can weigh more than 20 times that of a passenger vehicle. When Orlando tractor trailer accidents happen, the outcome is usually devastating for any other vehicles involved.
Logging trucks are a common sight on roads in the Orlando, FL, area due to the demand for timber. As these rigs rumble down the road, thousands of pounds of pine and other woods are only secured by chains. Unless the logs are properly secured and balanced, a load shift can cause a logging truck accident in seconds.
Garbage trucks are vital to refuse and waste removal but a multitude of factors make these commercial trucks dangerous to workers and bystanders. Workers can be gravely injured or killed by moving or malfunctioning parts, run over by the truck itself, and/or by falling from the truck. Garbage truck drivers can be lulled into complacency by driving the same routes every day, leaving them open for distracted driving.
Common Types Of Commercial Truck Accidents
Commercial truck accidents may be caused by a wide range of factors, including:
- Distracted driving;
- Driving too fast for road and/or weather conditions;
- Improper lane changes;
- Lack of truck maintenance; and
- Speeding and/or aggressive driving.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, contact the semi truck accident lawyers with the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A. Our law firm has helped many clients receive the full compensation due to them.
Truck rollovers can create a precarious situation for several reasons. In a bus accident, passengers may be thrown from the bus and/or seriously injured inside the vehicle. In a semi accident, the cab of the truck may detach from the trailer, allowing the trailer to slide or move uncontrolled. The contents of the trailer may spill, creating an emergency situation if the content were a hazardous material. Finally, if other vehicles were driving alongside the commercial truck when it begins to roll, these vehicles may be crushed.
A tire blowout can send shards of tire material in all directions, damaging the commercial truck and nearby vehicles. Unless the driver can maintain control after a blowout, the truck may crash or rollover, potentially injuring the driver and others.
A poorly secured or unsecured load can spill onto the roadway and force other motorists to make split-second decisions. If other drivers swerve to miss the lost cargo, they may crash into one another or property and sustain serious injury. Plus, the sudden shift in weight can cause the commercial truck driver to lose control of the vehicle and cause an accident.
A T-bone collision occurs when a commercial truck drives into the side of another vehicle or vice versa. This type of commercial truck accident usually happens when a driver either ignores or doesn’t see a traffic signal and drives into an intersection without stopping.
When a commercial truck causes a rear-end collision with another vehicle, the results are usually calamitous. Trucks carrying heavier loads need more time and distance to stop, which means the truck may override — or drive over — the back of a stopped vehicle. Passengers in the back or rear seats are vulnerable to suffering serious injuries.
Truck Accident Liability
Depending on the situation, liability for a commercial truck accident could include the truck driver, their employer, and the cargo company or the driver of another vehicle. Because commercial truck accidents are complex and involve state and federal commercial truck regulations, it’s important to speak to a truck accident attorney with the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A. Our law firm will thoroughly investigate the accident and determine liability so you can receive full compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Contact the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A. to schedule a consultation.
Hire A Personal Injury Attorney In Orlando
If you've been involved in a commercial truck accident, the personal injury lawyers with the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A. can help. Our law firm researches all factors that caused the accident to build the strongest case possible in your favor. To schedule a consultation, call the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A. today.