Orlando Truck Accident Attorneys
Although vehicle safety and driver training have improved in the past ten years, the number of truck accidents and fatal truck crashes has been increasing steadily since 2009. Unfortunately, serious, life-threatening or fatal injuries are not uncommon consequences of these accidents, since commercial trucks typically weigh 25 times as much as cars and are not as responsive.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be suffering from physical injuries, emotional trauma and financial hardships. The experienced truck accident attorneys at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, PA may be able to help with some of these difficulties. You could be entitled to collect substantial compensation for the damages suffered because of your injury, and we can help you decide if you should pursue a claim against the at-fault party.
The truck accident attorneys at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, PA have helped numerous Florida accident victims get the compensation they deserve. We want to hear what happened to you and help you get compensated fairly for your injuries, pain and suffering.
Orlando Trucking Accident Causes
A trucking accident can be difficult to investigate and the cause equally hard to understand. However, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the the most common causes of trucking accidents are:
- Distracted driving –
Distracted driving is a common cause of all motor vehicle accidents; however, it can be deadly when the distracted driver is a truck driver. Federal law prohibits all truck drivers from texting while driving. Nevertheless, many truck drivers continue to use handheld electronic devices while driving.
- Driving when drowsy –
Despite federal laws restricting the number of hours a truck driver can drive, drowsy driving is still a leading cause of trucking accidents in the U.S. According the U.S. Department of Transportation, 87% of crashes caused by trucks are due to driver fatigue. Moreover, if a driver is on the road for more than the allotted eight hours, the risk of crashing is doubled when compared to drivers on the road for less than eight hours.
- Impaired driving – Alcohol and drugs, including over-the-counter and prescription medications can impair a driver’s ability to avoid dangerous situations and collisions.
- Speeding – When truck drivers speed, they endanger everyone on the road. Trucks cannot stop quickly to avoid crashes, and speeding worsens the situation.
- Maintenance issues – State and federal laws require pre-trip inspections of a large truck prior to operating the truck. In addition, owners/operators must perform routine maintenance on the truck. When an inspection is rushed, or bypassed altogether, a catastrophic accident can occur. Common inspection and maintenance issues that result in collisions include tire/wheel defects, brake defects, and unsecured or overloaded trailers.
Multiple Parties Could Be Responsible for an Orlando Truck Accident
Determining who is legally responsible when a truck causes an accident can be complicated. For example, any (or all) of the following could share the negligence for a trucking accident:
- Trucking company
- Owner of the cargo
- Truck manufacturer
- The company responsible for maintenance/repairs
An experienced truck accident attorney will identify all possible defendants and bring each one into your claim to ensure that you are fully and fairly compensated for your injuries or loss.
What Compensation Is Available for an Orlando Truck Accident Victim?
As the victim of an Orlando trucking accident, you could be entitled to compensation for both your economic and non-economic damages which may include compensation for:
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Disfigurement and permanent scarring
- Diminished qualify of life
- Income lost because of time off because of accident injuries
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and other care costs
- Loss of earning capacity in the future
- Other damages recoverable under Florida law
If you lost a family member in a truck accident, you may be entitled to file as a claimant in a wrongful death lawsuit. As a claimant in a truck accident lawsuit, you could be entitled to compensation for loss of consortium if a spouse or parent can no longer provide the companionship, care, and support they did prior to the accident.
An Experienced Orlando Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
If you suffered injuries in an Orlando truck accident, or you lost a family member to one, an experienced attorney at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, PA can help you navigate the legal system. You do not have to go it alone. We work diligently to make sure all negligent parties are held accountable to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation possible.
We will be by your side throughout the entire process, gathering the evidence necessary to prove negligence on the part of each party responsible for the collision, negotiating an advantageous settlement on your behalf, and, if necessary, going to trial to fight for the compensation you deserve. We won’t back down in our pursuit of justice and the compensation you deserve.
Call us at 855.529.3366 or fill in the FREE CASE EVALUATION form on our website to get started on your case.
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