The size and weight of trucks make them incredibly dangerous. As a result, accidents can be more severe than other types of motor vehicle accidents. It is important to know how accidents are caused and what to do in the event that an accident occurs. Read on to learn more about truck accidents in Florida.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
Truck accidents can occur for any number of reasons. In some cases, accidents are due to inclement weather or poor road conditions, but for the most part, these accidents are a result of driver negligence. The most common forms of negligence include:
- Reckless driving: If a truck driver does not drive safely, it can be difficult to control the vehicle and bring it to a complete stop. In fact, the average truck needs the length of about two football entire fields in order to come to a complete stop.
- Safety regulations: Truck drivers may cause accidents by failing to follow safety regulations. This may mean making improper lane changes, incorrectly passing other vehicles, or following too closely behind other drivers.
- Poor visibility: Trucks have limited visibility and cannot see every spot on the road. These blind spots often result in accidents by trapping smaller vehicles.
- Drowsy driving: Truck drivers are limited by law to the amount of time they are able to spend on the road. Drivers are allowed to work 11 hours within a 14-hour workday, allotting them no more than 70 hours of driving a week. If a driver breaks these laws, they may cause an accident by driving while drowsy.
- Mechanical problems: Trucks can crash as a result of mechanical issues. This may include tire blowouts, brake issues, breakdowns, and more. Additionally, if materials are not properly loaded onto the truck, they can become loose and cause accidents.
- Impaired Driving: Drinking and driving is incredibly dangerous. If a truck driver gets behind the wheel while intoxicated, serious accidents can occur.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
If you are injured by a negligent truck driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In Florida, you will generally have four years to file your personal injury claim. Failing to file within four years will likely result in losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Florida, contact our firm to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney.
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