Accidents involving commercial trucks involve a very different set of issues than normal automobile accidents. The truck accident lawyers of The Berman Law Group understand the specific nuances of accidents involving semi tractor-trailer rigs. These vehicles are common across the State of Florida as they are used to transport goods and materials for businesses. Unfortunately, these mammoth vehicles on eighteen wheels are sometimes involved in collisions. Just like every other type of vehicle, semi-truck drivers are sometimes the cause of accidents, and sometimes they are the victims. In addition to the normal dangers found on the road, such as distracted drivers and speeding, truck drivers also often have to face the danger of fatigue that can set in after long shifts at the wheel.
In addition to the danger of a truck driver’s own negligence, the vehicle itself can create danger to other drivers. Sometimes trucks are loaded improperly or are not adequately inspected before the driver begins his run. Mechanical breakdowns while a truck is in operation can lead to loss of control over the 40-ton vehicle. Sometimes, poorly loaded freight can fall from the truck and damage unsuspecting motorists. These are just some of the unique issues facing commercial trucks.
The magnitude of an automobile accident involving a semi tractor-trailer truck is another variable in these types of cases. Sheer size and weight of these large commercial vehicles increase the danger of death and serious bodily injury to anyone involved in a truck accident (including the truck driver). Commercial vehicle accidents often result in Traumatic Brain Injuries, broken appendages and bone fractures, serious damage to vertebral discs, and neurological damage.