Truck Accident Lawyers in Port St. Lucie
Accidents involving large commercial trucks are much different from collisions involving passenger cars. These commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) weigh tens of thousands of pounds, and their cargos can weigh thousands more. When that kind of weight slams into a passenger vehicle, the damage and personal injury that result can be extensive.
Truck accidents happen more often that you might think. The 2011 Florida Crash Statistics report shows 150 CMV wrecks in St. Lucie County alone in 2011. From 2007 to 2011, there were an average of 185 CMV accidents in St. Lucie County each year, about one every other day. Statewide, there were 11,512 commercial motor vehicle wrecks in 2011.
Truck accident cases can be highly complicated. In order to make sure you recover the full amount of compensation you are due for your losses after being struck by a negligent truck driver, you should contact a Port St. Lucie truck accident lawyer who has experience with these cases.
Our Port St. Lucie office location:
2400 SE Veterans Memorial Pkwy
Port St. Lucie, FL
Why Commercial Truck Accidents Happen
When a large commercial truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the results are often devastating. Automobiles and passenger trucks are not designed to withstand the impact of an 80,000-pound, 18-wheel transfer truck moving at high speed. High front bumpers on large commercial trucks easily penetrate passenger compartments of automobiles, and the absence of rear and side bumpers often means cars slide under trucks on impact.
There are many reasons large commercial trucks get into wrecks. A drivers’ manual published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) cites causes of CMV/truck accidents that result from negligence or recklessness on the part of the truck driver or companies that own trucks.
- Aggressive driving / tailgating
- Speeding and ignoring reduced truck speed limits
- Fatigued / drowsy driving
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving and other cellphone use
- Impaired driving (i.e., drunk driving and drugged driving)
- Long work shifts / unrealistic travel schedules
- Failed tires, brakes and lights
- Lack of blind-spot mirrors.
Truck Accident Injuries
In a collision, a large transfer truck running 70 miles per hour has an impact that is twice the impact of a passenger car going 50 mph. Passenger car occupants involved in a collision with a commercial truck are likely to suffer catastrophic injuries that can result in sudden or eventual death.
Some of the more serious injuries likely in a commercial truck accident include:
- Head injuries –Traumatic brain injury (TBI), which includes concussions, can cause a wide range of functional short- or long-term changes that adversely affect thinking, sensation, language ability or emotions.
- Back injuries –Back injuries, which include damage to vertebrae, ligaments or disks of the spinal column or to the spinal cord itself, can cause paralysis or other loss of function in limbs or larger portions of the body. Even less severe back injuries can cause chronic pain that significantly reduces the quality of life.
- Orthopedic injuries –These include broken bones and other damage to the musculo-skeletal system, which consists of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and the surrounding soft tissue. Orthopedic injuries, including dislocated joints, may require casts for broken bones, surgery to repair torn tendons or ligaments and rehabilitation to regain use and strength.
- Facial injuries –These include dental injuries, like chipped or lost teeth, broken jaw, eye socket fractures and eye injuries, which can cause permanent vision loss or blindness.
After a Commercial Motor Vehicle Accident
Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and their drivers are heavily regulated by the FMCSA and the state. Records that drivers and employers are required to keep can be useful evidence in legal action after a truck wreck. But the complexity of FMCSA regulations can be difficult for those who are not experienced with truck accidents.
Also, CMVs are usually owned by corporations. Once a carrier (trucking company) gets its legal team involved, they can take full advantage of trucking industry and legal knowledge that most crash victims know nothing about.
The truck driver’s employer and their insurance company will do everything in their power to protect their clients’ interests after an accident. A Port St. Lucie resident involved in a truck accident needs legal help on their side that has the same level of knowledge.
Our Lawyers Help Port St. Lucie Truck Accident Victims
If you have been injured through no fault of your own in an accident caused by a negligent or reckless truck driver, you need to take steps right away to protect your rights. Call Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney. Our lawyers are available by appointment to meet with you through our Port St. Lucie satellite office. Call our toll-free number or complete our online form.
Since 1975, we have been helping accident victims throughout the Treasure Coast to recover compensation for their injuries. We want to help you, too. Our goal is to work hard and dedicate the full extent of our skills and resources to securing maximum compensation for you.
- Florida Traffic Crash Facts, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
- Accident Preventability Evaluations, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
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