Commercial Trucking Accidents Attorney
Commercial trucks are a common sight along North Central Florida roads and highways. These large vehicles are responsible for moving tons of cargo across hundreds of miles each day. However, commercial trucks are significantly larger than passenger vehicles in size and weight. When an accident occurs, it usually has devastating results for everyone involved. At Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., our Gainesville accident lawyers assist commercial truck drivers and drivers of other vehicles after these accidents. Contact our law firm today.
Types Of Commercial Trucks
Commercial trucks are generally split into two categories, over-the-road and vocational trucks.
Vocational trucks typically pick-up and move cargo and/or freight to a destination. These types of commercial trucks are generally associated with services. It’s not uncommon to see vocational trucks, such as cement mixers and dump, garbage, and tow trucks, driving along all types of roadways, including Interstate 4 and other municipal streets.
Over-the-road trucks generally move goods and products from one point to another using roads, highways, and interstate systems, such as Interstate 10 and Interstate 75. Frequently seen examples are semi-trailers, including car carriers, log trucks, and tanker trucks.
Common Dangers Of Driving A Commercial Truck
While there are many dangers to other drivers and motorists posed by commercial trucks, commercial truck drivers also face many of the same dangers. If you’ve been injured as a result of one of these common dangers as a commercial truck driver, contact a personal injury attorney with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A.
Exposure To Cargo
Depending on the type of cargo being moved, truck drivers may be exposed to an array of chemicals and materials that can cause health issues with long-term exposure.
Erratic Driving By Other Motorists
Other drivers and motorists may commit any number of unsafe driving actions at any time. These actions include driving in a truck’s blind spots, abruptly changing lanes in front of a truck, driving between trucks, and improperly merging into moving traffic. Erratic driving is especially dangerous since a commercial truck needs more distance and time to safely stop without striking another vehicle.
Many truck drivers drive long hours during a shift and become fatigued as a result. Uneven sleeping schedules also contribute to driver fatigue which causes a reduction in reaction time and situational awareness.
Weather conditions also present dangers to commercial truck drivers. Heavy rain and wind can cause a truck to lose traction with the roadway and the driver to lose control. Then, high temperatures, such as in the summer, increase the risk of tire failures and blowouts.
What To Do After An Accident
The accident lawyers with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. provide four steps that all truck drivers should take following an accident.
Stop & Secure The Scene
After an accident, stay at the scene. Don’t move the truck unless directed to do so by law enforcement or a roadway sign. Put out reflectors as soon as possible to alert other motorists of the area.
Call Law Enforcement & Medical Personnel
Call for an ambulance, even if you yourself aren’t injured. Law enforcement will further secure the scene and compile an accident report. Both medical and police reports are generally crucial evidence that helps build a strong case in your favor if you choose to contact the accident attorneys with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A.
Write Down Witness Information
Write down witness statements, if possible, along with their contact information. Make sure to get their full name and telephone number.
Take Photos Of The Scene
Use a cell phone camera to take photos of the scene and document all details, including roadway conditions and signs. After a commercial truck accident, it can be difficult to remember small details that have a large impact and taking photos can make sure details aren’t forgotten or overlooked.
Common Injuries Caused By Commercial Trucks
The sheer size and weight difference between a commercial truck and passenger vehicle make even slow-speed accidents life changing. If you or a loved one have been injured in a commercial truck accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Gainesville with Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A.
The force and location of an impact between a commercial truck and another vehicle can cause or result in the amputation of an extremity. If this occurs, the person will need extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation after the accident.
Head & Neck Injuries
All persons involved in a commercial truck accident is at risk of head and neck injuries because of the sudden motions caused by impact. A commercial truck driver may suffer whiplash as they suddenly apply the brakes and are physically moved forward then back as the truck stops.
Internal organs can be injured by the same safety devices meant to protect drivers and passengers in a commercial truck accident. Airbags and seat belts deploy and restrain at great speeds, resulting in internal bruising and lacerations.
Truck Driver Negligence & Liability
When a commercial trucking accident occurs, several different entities may be liable for the situation. These accidents are more complex than auto accidents because potentially liable entities include the:
- Truck driver;
- Employees responsible for truck maintenance;
- Civil engineers who designed the roadway;
- Truck owner;
- Truck manufacturer; and/or
- Employees who loaded the truck’s cargo.
When you contact Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A., our accident attorneys in Gainesville delve into all aspects of the accident and unravel the complexities to make sure negligent parties are held responsible. We work with experts and investigators to recreate a commercial truck accident to gather a complete picture of the accident. By having a comprehensive understanding of what happened, we’re able to build the strongest defense possible for our clients. To schedule a consultation, contact our firm today.