The Complexities Of Accidents Involving Large Trucks
When a large truck collides with a smaller vehicle or pedestrian, the results can be catastrophic, given the size and weight of many large trucks today. Injuries sustained as a result of a collision with a large truck can be very severe, and in addition to regular collisions, large trucks run the risk of rolling over and jackknifing.
According to Florida’s Traffic Crash Statistics, in 2010 there were 3,329 accidents involving heavy trucks, which injured 1,821 people, and 58 of these crashes resulted in fatalities. A Large Truck Crash Causation Study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that there were three main causes of large truck crashes: running out of the travel lane and into another lane or off the road, speeding leading to loss of control and colliding with the rear end of another vehicle. Other sources suggest that driver fatigue and improper vehicle maintenance may also be factors.
Large trucks are generally owned and operated by large commercial carrier companies that have insurance lawyers at the ready to deal with accidents. Your claim will typically be against such companies, rather than the driver of the truck. It’s not uncommon for the trucking company to begin its own investigation almost immediately after the accident has occurred. All of this can add an additional layer of complexity to your truck accident claim.
If you’ve been involved in an accident involving a large truck, it’s important to consult a Florida truck accident attorney who is experienced in handling such claims and who can deal effectively with the insurance companies of large trucking firms. Contact us to discuss your accident. We are ready and fully equipped to assist you in the pursuit of your claim.