Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

Truck crashes can be caused by many factors and circumstances. Statistics from the National Highway traffic Safety Administration show trucking fatalities reached their highest level in three decades.

Truck drivers can make driving errors such as tail gating, changing lanes, speeding not yielding to the right of way, although the main cause of trucking accidents is speeding.

Other causes would include brake failure, blown tires, and other mechanical or parts breakdowns that contribute to large truck crashes, and are usually due to trucking companies’ failure to follow federal safety rules for regular truck inspection, repair, and maintenance.

Trucks transporting hazardous materials play a role in catastrophic accidents, loads may not be secured safely, and toxic and flammable materials can be spilled in the accident.

Other contributing factors include driver fatigue and drowsy driving, alcohol, illegal substances and prescription medications. In addition, use of electronic devices such as texting and talking on cell phones or using the internet while driving can also lead to accidents.

Can you receive compensation if injured in a commercial trucking accident?

Two types of compensation that an injured person can receive on a personal injury claim are compensatory and punitive.

Monetary damages include:

  • Present and future medical expenses
  • Present and future lost earnings
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Household services
  • Property damage
  • Wrongful death

Statute of Limitations in the State of Florida:

  • An individual claiming personal injury in Florida has 4 years for the statute of limitations to enact
  • Victims of families in wrongful death claims have a two-year statute of limitations.

Our attorneys at Badgley Law Group advocate for victims injured in accidents involving a commercial truck. You deserve a truck accident personal injury lawyer from a renowned Florida law firm with experience handling personal injury cases involving trucking accidents. For an initial consultation, call Badgley Law Group at 4074874154.

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