Orlando Truck Accident Lawyers
Commercial trucks are a necessary part of modern life, transporting the supplies and products we need to keep our economy going and support our daily lives. Unfortunately, however, our growing dependence on trucks has come with a price: truck injury accidents have increased over 100% since 2009 to 121,000 in 2018.
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. Truck accident victims can suffer multiple injuries that require extensive medical treatment and cause pain, suffering and financial hardship for months, if not years, after the accident.
If you or a family member has been injured in an Orlando truck accident, you do not have to handle all of these challenges alone. The accomplished truck accident attorneys at Warner & Warner want to help. We will put our legal experience and knowledge to work for you, holding the parties responsible for your injuries accountable for the damages they have caused and helping you obtain the full compensation you deserve.
Facts about Truck Accidents in the Orlando Area
Crashes involving commercial vehicles are on the rise in the Orlando area. Over a five-year period, they increased by 828, or 32.5% in Orange County, as shown in the following chart.
Data sources: Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (2019, 2017).
These accidents resulted in a total of 4,112 injuries and 78 fatalities. While these numbers may not sound shocking, in many cases, they represent lives that have forever been changed and families who have experienced a great loss.
Causes of Orlando Trucking Accidents
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that the main factors in truck accidents are brake problems, prescription and over-the-counter drug use, fatigue, roadway problems, traveling too fast for the road or weather conditions, interruptions in the flow of traffic, lack of familiarity with the road, and inadequate surveillance.
While truck maintenance issues, such as tire/wheel defects, brake defects, and unsecured or overloaded trailers can cause crashes, drivers are typically the primary cause for various reasons, including:
- Driving while sleepy
Federal laws restrict the number of hours a truck driver can be behind the wheel; however, driving while sleepy is still a leading cause of trucking accidents in the U.S. Studies have shown that if a driver is on the road for more than eight hours, the risk of crashing is doubled when compared to drivers on the road for less than eight hours.
- Distracted driving
Distracted driving is behind a lot of motor vehicle accidents; however, when the distracted driver is driving a truck, it can be extremely dangerous. Federal law prohibits truck drivers from texting while driving, but many still use handheld electronic devices. A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration study has found that truck drivers are almost nine times more likely to cause an accident when they use a dispatch device and seven times more likely to cause an accident when they look at a map.
- Impaired driving
Alcohol and drugs, including over-the-counter and prescription medications, can impair a driver’s ability to avoid dangerous situations and collisions. Truck drivers who are impaired may not brake in time to avoid a collision, may change lanes without ensuring they can do so safely, may cross over a center line into oncoming traffic or any number of very dangerous situations.
Trucks cannot stop quickly to avoid crashes, and speeding worsens the situation. When truck drivers speed, for whatever reason, they endanger everyone on the road.
- Driving while sleepy
Who Bears Responsibility for Orlando Truck Accidents?
To pursue compensation for truck accident-related injuries, you need to file a truck accident injury claim and prove that someone else’s negligence was partially or wholly responsible for your injuries. That means you must clearly identify the at-fault party or parties, which, in a trucking accident, can be any of the following:
- Trucking company
- Owner of the cargo
- Truck manufacturer
- Company responsible for maintenance/repairs
An experienced Orlando truck accident attorney will determine all of the responsible parties in your case and bring them into the claim to make sure they are held accountable and you are fully and fairly compensated for your injuries.
What Compensation is Possible in an Orlando Truck Accident Lawsuit?
If you or a family member has been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to recover damages to help compensate you for the injuries. An Orlando truck accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses, including existing and potential future hospital, rehabilitation, medication, transportation and other healthcare-related expenses
- Disfigurement and permanent scarring
- Lost income due to having to take time off to recover/rehabilitate
- Diminished earning capacity in the future
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Diminished qualify of life
- Other damages recoverable under Florida law
An injured victim’s family may also be able to pursue compensation for loss of consortium because their spouse or parent can no longer provide the companionship, care and support they did before the accident. If a loved one was killed in a trucking accident, you may also be able to pursue compensation with a wrongful death lawsuit.
Accomplished Orlando Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help You Get Compensated Fully
If you or a family member has been injured in a truck accident, please contact the experienced Orlando truck accident attorneys at Warner & Warner as soon as possible. We have successfully handled many truck accident cases throughout Central Florida and have the experience, knowledge and skill to prosecute your case and obtain fair compensation for your injuries and financial losses.
The Orlando truck accident attorneys at Warner & Warner are committed to helping accident victims obtain justice and get compensated fully and fairly for their injuries. We welcome the opportunity to review your case and discuss your rights with you and would be honored to represent you in the pursuit of justice.
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