Orlando Truck Accident Lawyer
Focusing on Truck Accidents for Injured Victims
If you have been injured in a trucking accident in Orlando, Orange County or in any other place in Florida, contact our specialized Orlando truck accident lawyers as soon as possible.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, since the late 1970s, large trucks have been involved in roughly 12 to 13 percent of all fatal traffic-related crashes. For the year 2000, NHTSA data showed that 4,930 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes; 101,000 large trucks were involved in injury crashes; and 351,000 large trucks were involved in property damage-only crashes.
Truck Accidents Can Be Devastating
An NHTSA-sponsored study concluded that car drivers in collisions involving light trucks would die at roughly twice the rate relative to similar collisions in which the car weighed the same amount as the light truck. In addition, passenger car and light truck occupants have higher fatality rates relative to occupants of buses and large trucks.
“Large trucks” weigh at least 10,000 pounds (gross weight) and are divided into single-unit trucks (such as box-shaped delivery trucks) and combination or tractor trailer trucks, which are trucks that tow other vehicles (such as the 18-wheelers that share our highways with us, which in some states stretch to double trucks or longer).
Because of their sheer size and weight, large trucks — particularly fully loaded tractor trailer trucks — can crush smaller passenger vehicles upon impact. These horrible accidents can cause traumatic injuries, including:
- Damage to the brain and spinal cord;
- Broken bones;
- Loss of limbs;
- Permanent disabilities; and
Truck accidents can bring about lifelong medical expenses for those who survive and funeral expenses for the family if someone dies.
The experienced Orlando trucking accident attorneys at Overchuck & Associate, P.A., can help you secure the compensation that you and your loved ones need to recover from your injuries, pay your expenses and move on with your lives.
Who Is to Blame in a Truck Accident?
Accidents involving these Goliaths of the highway can be devastating. An experienced trucking accident lawyer knows that cases and truck accidents claims can also be legally complex and challenging to pursue, because the driver may not be the only one at fault. The vehicle and equipment manufacturer and the trucking company may share some or all of the blame.
The two general categories of truck accidents causes are
- Driver error due to factors such as fatigue (often blamed for poor judgment and falling asleep at the wheel), inexperience, inadequate training, operating under the influence of alcohol and drugs (both prescription and illegal drugs), and driving at excessive speed; and
- Vehicle maintenance failure.
Common Causes of Truck-related Accidents:
The following are among the most common causes of truck-related accidents in Florida and throughout the United States:
- Fatigued, sleepy, or inexperienced drivers;
- Inadequate training;
- Drug or alcohol impairment;
- Oversized trucks;
- Overloaded trucks;
- Poorly maintained brakes;
- Absence of under-ride protection under-guard;
- Hazardous safety systems;
- Speeding; and
- Dangerous, reckless, or aggressive driving.
The truck accident injury lawyers at Overchuck & Associate, P.A. in Orlando are knowledgeable of the federal and state laws regulating the trucking industry and have successfully represented the victims of trucking accidents.
Contact an Orlando Truck Accident Lawyer from Overchuck & Associate, P.A.
If you or a loved one is a victim of a trucking accident, contact us to discuss your case confidentially. You may call us at 1-888-720-6222 or fill out our online form and one of our highly experienced Orlando truck accident attorneys will contact you back shortly for a free evaluation of your case.