Trucking Accident Injury Cases
Florida Trucking Accident Lawyer, Dean Burnetti provides professional Trucking Accident and Injury Attorney legal services in Lakeland, Tampa, Sarasota, Ocala, and Central and West Central Florida.
Call 863.287.6388 or 813.287.6388 about your Trucking Accident Personal Injury legal needs in the Florida Counties of Polk, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Levy, Highlands, Hardee, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, and Manatee County.
Accidents with commercial trucks have many names, including:
- 18-Wheeler Accidents
- Big Rig Accidents
- Bobtail (Tractor Without its Trailer) Accidents
- Cargo Truck Accidents
- Eighteen-Wheeler Accidents
- Pup (a Short Trailer) Accidents
- Rig Accidents
- Semi Accidents
- Semitrailer Accidents
- Tractor Trailer Accidents
- Trailer Truck Accidents
- Truck Trailer Accidents
Below are some of the most common types of semi-truck accidents:
When a semi-truck driver is forced to hit the brakes suddenly, the axle brakes can lock up, causing the trailer to skid, creating a 90-degree angle to the truck’s cab. During the moments that a truck jackknifes, its driver is unable to control anything, and this type of situation often results in a rollover accident.
While tire blowouts can happen with any vehicle, the danger of a blowout increases greatly when the vehicle weighs tens of thousands of pounds. Semi-truck tire blowouts can be deadly. The truck driver can lose control of the truck, and nearby drivers can lose control of their vehicles if the truck fishtails.
Wide Turn Accidents / Swinging Turn Accidents / Squeeze Play Accidents:
Wide turn accidents / swinging turn accidents / squeeze play accidents happen when a semi-truck driver has to swing left to make a wide right turn. In these accidents, the semi-truck collides with the vehicles to its right, squeezing them in its No Zone between the truck and curb. Department of Transportation research shows that left turning semi-trucks are the most likely vehicles to cause fatal intersection crashes.
Semi-Truck Rollover Accidents:
When a semi-truck driver loses control of their truck, the truck can slide and roll onto its side, oftentimes taking innocent motorists with it. Steep inclines or declines, fast speeds, tripping on a curb or other road debris, attempting to correct a drifting trailer, or taking a curve too fast can cause semi-truck rollover accidents. The chances of a semi-truck rollover accident increase when the truck’s load is not properly secured. When a semi-truck starts to roll, it is completely out of the driver’s control.
Blind Spot Accidents:
When a semi-truck driver is unable to see other vehicles while the truck is changing lanes, the vehicles adjacent to the truck are in danger of either being hit or forced off the road. Semi-trucks have large blind spots known as No Zone areas along the sides and the rear of the truck. If you are driving beside or behind a semi-truck, if you are unable to see the driver in his or her rearview mirror, the driver is unable to see you.
The more a semi-truck weighs, the more distance it needs to come to a complete stop. An 80,000-pound truck traveling at 60 miles per hour requires 426 feet to stop. When either a semi-truck driver or the driver or a nearby vehicle fails to gauge this distance, the risk of a rear-end collision increases. Because semi-trucks weigh so much, rear-end collisions involving semi-trucks often cause catastrophic injuries including death.
Under Ride Accidents:
When a semi-truck is forced to brake suddenly, passenger vehicles often don’t have time to stop and are sucked underneath the semi-truck’s trailer by its momentum. Many times, the top of the car is completely annihilated. While many trucks have guards to prevent these types of accidents, they still occur. Under ride accidents are the deadliest types of trucking accidents. Frequently, they decapitate the people in the car, and survivors often suffer traumatic brain injuries.
Side-Impact Collisions / T-Bone Collisions:
Side-impact collisions / T-bone collisions are when the front of one vehicle runs into the side of another vehicle. These accidents frequently occur when a semi-truck driver runs a red light or stop sign. The force of the impact often causes serious or life-threatening injuries to the smaller vehicle’s driver or passengers.
Lost Load Accidents:
Improperly loaded cargo and improperly secured freight can shift, and/or fall out or off of a semi-truck, causing multiple-car accidents. The results can be catastrophic for everyone involved.
Head-on collisions involving a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck typically happen when a semi-truck crosses the center line due to driver fatigue, inclement weather, or other driver error or outside interference. The results are often fatal due to the weight of the semi-truck and its load being far greater than the passenger vehicle.
Brake Failure Accidents:
Semi-truck brake failure accidents can happen when its brakes are old, poorly maintained, improperly installed, or overheated from overuse or from sudden stopping at high speeds. The more the semi-truck weighs (including cargo weight), the more heat is generated upon braking, and a higher risk of truck brake failure ensues.
Road Construction Accidents:
If a semi-truck driver is unable to maneuver their rig because construction zones present hazards, this poses the danger of injury or death to other nearby motorists and the road construction crew.
Blocking accidents happen when a semi-truck is either stopped or parked in the road, blocking other traffic.
Improper Braking Accidents:
Semi-truck drivers are trained to brake by reducing their speed 5 to 6 miles per hour with every application. Improper braking techniques can cause a runaway truck which can collide with other drivers in its path.
Abandoned Truck Accidents:
Abandoned semi-trucks can cause accidents when they are improperly parked or are left too close to traffic lanes.
Semi-trucks have large blind spots, even when they are backing up. If a motorist, cyclist, or pedestrian is traveling in the truck’s blind spot while the driver is backing up, the consequences can be catastrophic.
Hazardous Cargo Accidents:
Semi-trucks carrying hazardous material are required to follow, additional commercial safety rules of the road. Hazardous materials being transported by semi-trucks are categorized according to the risks that they pose, including: Explosives, Gases, Flammable Liquids, Flammable Solids, Oxidizers/Organic Peroxides, Toxic and Infectious Substances, Radioactive Material, Corrosives, and Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials. When a hazardous material spills during a collision, this poses an additional threat to all motorists in the surrounding area.
No matter what kind of trucking accident you were involved in, Dean Burentti Law can help. Not only does Dean Burnetti have experience in dealing with all types of injuries suffered in all types of motor vehicle accidents, but he also has experience in accidents that have a dual claim involving Workers’ Compensation if you were injured while driving during the course and scope of your job.
If you were injured or if a loved one was killed in a trucking accident, call Dean Burnetti Law at 863-287-6388 (Polk County) or 813-287-6388 (Hillsborough County) today to schedule your free consultation.
Call 863.287.6388 or 813.287.6388 today to schedule your free and confidential Trucking Accident Injury Legal Consultation with Central Florida Lawyer, Dean Burnetti.
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