Every year, truck-related accidents, particularly those caused by 18-wheelers, result in thousands of fatalities and tens of thousands of non-fatal, but still serious injuries. Operators of such commercial vehicles have extensive insurance coverage to make up for the potential losses experienced by drivers and passengers involved in a wreck. Nonetheless, they will not simply hand over the compensation you deserve and need to recover from your injuries. If you have sustained injuries due to a tractor-trailer crash, please read on, then contact a skilled Miami truck accident lawyer to learn what you should know about 18-wheeler accidents in South Florida.
How common are 18-wheeler accidents in South Florida?
The sad reality is that big rig accidents are more common than one would like to think. That is due in large part to the extreme size, shape and weight of these commercial vehicles, which makes them susceptible to a wider range of accident types than smaller vehicles. Some of the most common causes of 18-wheeler accidents are as follows:
- Rollover or tip-over accidents: Caused by a truck making a turn too sharply, being unevenly loaded and/or encountering inclement weather conditions.
- Jackknife accidents: Caused by drivers braking suddenly, causing the trailer to swing to a ninety-degree angle, swiping other vehicles in the process.
- Underride accidents: Caused by a truck driver stopping without warning, leading another vehicle to rear-end the truck and get stuck under the trailer.
- Head-on collisions: Caused by truck drivers driving the wrong way on a one-way road or while driving on the wrong side of the road.
- Rear-end accidents: Caused by trucks driving too fast and following too closely, leading to them crashing into the back of another vehicle.
Who is responsible for 18-wheeler accidents in South Florida?
If the facts of your case warrant it, you and your skilled Miami auto accident lawyer can hold the following parties accountable for 18-wheeler accidents:
- Truck drivers: For negligent conduct.
- Truck company employees: For improperly loading or maintaining the truck.
- Truck company employers: For not ensuring their employees are fully licensed, qualified and not overworked.
- Truck part manufacturers and suppliers: For not designing and manufacturing parts with safety in mind.
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