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Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Large trucks such as tractor-trailers, big rigs and semi-trailers deliver goods to many Florida communities every day. The increasing number of trucks on Florida highways has led to an increase in accidents involving large trucks and passenger vehicles. In 2009, there were more than 3,000 crashes involving heavy trucks in Florida, including 1,661 injury accidents and 56 fatal accidents. Certain factors contribute to many truck accidents. It’s important to have a Florida accident attorney who recognizes the common ways large trucks cause crashes.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a crash involving a tractor-trailer, semi, flatbed or other 18-wheeler in Florida, talk to a knowledgeable truck accident lawyer.  I am Philip DeBerard. I have over 30 years of experience in handling truck accidents and other personal injury claims. Civil trial work is my specialty. My expertise as a civil trial lawyer anchors a caring team of lawyers, paralegals and staff, most of whom have worked together more than 10 years. Choosing the right accident lawyer does make a difference.

The law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, assists people seriously injured in 18-wheeler accidents and serves South Florida and the Treasure Coast. Call 1-800-299-8878 to speak with a compassionate truck accident attorney, or fill out our online contact form.

Why You Need an Experienced 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer

Large trucks, including tractor-trailers, semis, semi-trailers, flatbeds and other 18-wheelers, cause or contribute to traffic accidents in a variety of ways.  In many accidents, a truck driver’s actions may contribute to the crash even if another driver is also at fault. A skilled truck accident lawyer will recognize the common contributing factors to look for when examining your tractor-trailer accident.

A truck driver’s careless driving contributed to more than 1,000 Florida truck crashes in 2009, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Besides careless driving, other contributing causes of truck accidents include:

  • Failure to yield right-of-way;
  • Improper backing;
  • Improper lane change;
  • Improper turns;
  • Tailgating;
  • Speeding;
  • Failure to maintain equipment;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Drunk driving.

A tractor-trailer accident may have several contributing causes.

In addition to the more than 3,000 crashes involving tractor-trailers, 18-wheeler truck cabs or bobtails (cabs without trailers) were involved in nearly 3,200 accidents, including 1,617 injury accidents and 89 fatal truck crashes, according to crash statistics. Truck cabs are over-powered when operating without a trailer and are a danger to other motorists.

Trucking companies may fail to service big rigs properly, allowing brakes to be out of adjustment or other equipment failures to occur. Trucks may be overloaded, making it more difficult for a truck driver to slow down in time to avoid an accident.

After a tractor-trailer accident, turn to a Florida truck accident law firm that understands how truck wrecks occur and stands up to trucking companies to demand the full compensation to which you may be entitled.

Contact a Florida Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorney

If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a crash caused by a large truck, contact an experienced 18-wheeler accident attorney at the law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, for a free evaluation. We have convenient offices throughout Florida and the Treasure Coast. We pride ourselves on providing personalized, one-on-one attention that other firms don’t deliver. We represent truck accident victims in Stuart, Okeechobee, Port. St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Jupiter and Vero Beach. People injured in a crash caused by a large truck can seek compensation from the trucking company and their insurer to cover their medical bills and damages.

Call 1-800-299-8878 to speak with a truck accident attorney at the law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, or fill out our online contact form. We do not charge unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.


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