Florida Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Increased Holiday Truck Traffic

January 28, 2015

At this most wonderful time of the year, there are many things that bring people joy, but it also is a time when there are increased commercial truck accidents because of the increased volume of trucks on the road. One of the reasons for the increased large truck traffic is the numerous products that are shipped around the country, as well as the increased inventory in many stores hoping to attract shoppers. When the high number of trucks is compounded by millions of Americans who are traveling for the holidays, there are many horrific crashes.

When there is a higher volume of commercial trucks and passenger vehicles on the road, the risk of accidents increases significantly. After an accident has led to injuries, it is important to contact the right attorneys in order to get the compensation necessary to recover from the crash. The knowledgeable Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of experience in fighting to get our clients justice after a serious accident.

According to statistics compiled by the United States Department of Transportation, there is an increase of more than 20 percent in traffic over the holiday season. Nationally, more than 10 percent of all vehicle accidents involve tractor-trailers or other commercial trucks. There is a greater risk of serious injuries when there is a large truck involved. All of these factors create a dangerous situation over the holiday season.

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Florida Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Some Common Truck Accident Questions

January 26, 2015

There are many different issues that arise when a person has been in a serious accident with a commercial truck. The skilled and dedicated Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of experience in representing clients who have been injured in a horrific accident and we present some of the most commonly asked questions here.
What is a commercial truck?

A commercial truck is any large vehicle that is used in the course of conducting business, including the transportation of goods locally or across the country. In addition, there are vehicles that carry hazardous materials, construction waste, and other industry by-products. While pick-up trucks sometimes are used in support of a business, generally the use of the term "commercial truck" refers to something much bigger than a pick-up.

What are the usual causes of truck accidents?

There are many different things that can lead to a truck accident, including negligence in the maintenance of the truck, poor driver training, distracted driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and reckless or aggressive driving. Many times, the driver of a smaller vehicle may cause an accident because of underestimating how a truck driver reacts to a sudden or unexpected movement.

Why are large crash accidents so dangerous?

A fully-loaded tractor-trailer traveling on the roads of South Florida can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds while the average passenger car weighs around 3,000 pounds. The size disparity of these two vehicles means that when there is a crash, the impact forces transmitted to the occupants of the passenger vehicle are far greater than those experienced in a collision with a smaller vehicle.

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Florida Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Medical Conditions and Truck Accidents

January 22, 2015

There are many different types of negligence that lead to devastating truck accidents, but when a person with a medical condition gets behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer or other large truck, it is necessary to demonstrate that the driver knew about the condition in order to establish liability. The importance of this issue has led to the dedication of resources by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in order to address how different medical conditions affect a person's ability to drive.
When a person has been injured in an accident caused by the truck driver's medical condition, it is critical to build an effective case. The tenacious and knowledgeable Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of experience in gathering the evidence that is necessary to prove the driver's negligence.

The FMCSA has created a number of medical reports that address the medical conditions that can impact a person's ability to operate successfully a large truck. These papers are drafted by medical experts, including scientists and physicians. Some of the conditions that have been addressed by the FMCSA include:

• Cardiovascular disease;
• Cochlear implants and other hearing disorders;
• Obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders;
• Diabetes;
• Traumatic brain injury (TBI);
• Strokes;
• Seizure disorders;
• Multiple sclerosis;
• Renal disease;
• Musculoskeletal disease; and
• Psychiatric disease.

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Florida Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Increasing Truck Insurance Coverage

January 19, 2015

There are many things that must be dealt with after a serious accident involving a tractor-trailer or other large truck. This includes getting emergency medical treatment, enduring long-term care and rehabilitation, getting money for lost wages and additional costs that are the result of the crash, and receiving compensation for pain and suffering. When the crash is severe, the damages might be millions of dollars. If a person is killed in the accident, the damages increase even more. Many accident victims are blind-sided when they discover that the insurance coverage of the truck driver or trucking company is not sufficient to satisfy the financial burden caused by the crash and its long-term consequences.

After a serious truck accident, it is important to have the right legal help to put together the case necessary to recover the compensation that a victim needs to rebuild his life, and that of his family, after a severe crash. The compassionate and skilled Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of experience in getting justice for victims of a truck crash. Our attorneys will do everything possible to maximize the recovery.

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Florida Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Avoiding Truck Accidents

January 15, 2015

It is an unavoidable fact that cars and trucks share road space on nearly every roadway in South Florida. Many times, the truck driver will operate the large commercial truck in a negligent manner, leading to a serious accident. In other cases, the trucking company will not maintain the truck properly, resulting in a dangerous crash waiting to happen. Although there are many situations where a collision in unavoidable, there are steps that a driver can take to minimize his or her risk of a devastating crash.

A person who has been involved in a severe crash with a truck faces a long recovery period. The financial and emotional stress of this time can be horrific. The knowledgeable and compassionate Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of experience in helping victims get the help that they need to move forward from an injury.

Each year, there are hundreds of thousands of collisions involving a car and a commercial truck across the country. Many of these crashes lead to serious injuries and fatalities. There are measures that a driver can take to avoid some of these crashes, including:

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Florida Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Trucking Company Influence

December 31, 2014

When a person is involved in a serious accident involving a commercial truck, there are many struggles that present themselves. One of the challenges that might be the greatest unidentified threat is the power of the trucking company to influence the outcome of the crash case or settlement.

There is an unseen imbalance in power when a person gets into an accident with a commercial truck where there is a trucking company with authority over the driver involved in the crash. The dedicated Miami truck accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in representing the rights and interests of truck accident victims. We understand how to uncover the bias and the manipulation in order to ensure the right results for our clients.

When a large commercial truck weighing as much as 80,000 pounds gets involved in a crash with a car, the devastation for the car and any occupants often is horrific. This involves extensive damage to the vehicle and traumatic injuries for the occupants of the car. However, there also is an unseen force operating in many of these cases, working hard to limit the damages that a victim recovers.

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Florida Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Driver Substance Abuse

December 22, 2014

There are many different skills that are required to operate a large commercial truck safely. When a trucking company hires a driver, they are supposed to ensure that the driver has the training to drive the type of trucks for which he would be responsible. In addition, the trucking company has the obligation to check a driver's background in order to determine if there is any evidence of substance abuse or other issues that would impair the driver's ability to safely navigate the roadways with tractor-trailers and other large trucks. When the trucking company fails in this obligation, innocent drivers and occupants in other vehicles can be seriously hurt or killed.

Commercial truck collisions are devastating because of the mass and weight of the vehicle, leading to high impact forces. People who are injured in a truck accident may never recover. With more than 130 years of collective experience, the tenacious and compassionate Miami truck accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. understand how critical it is to recover compensation for our clients. We work with our clients to identify everyone responsible, in whole or in part, for the crash.

Liability is one of the critical questions in a truck crash case. Generally speaking, liability may be imposed under the following two theories:

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Florida Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Dump Truck Collisions

December 11, 2014

Any commercial truck accident has the potential to cause serious injuries because of the weight of the vehicle. One of the most serious crashes that can occur is between a dump truck and a passenger vehicle because of the concentrated weight of the truck, the high ground clearance under which a vehicle can be crushed, and other factors. This summer, there was a fatal crash in Orange County, Florida where two women were killed in a crash involving a dump truck. The truck driver was not injured, according to the news story. Another accident like this happened in Maryland last week, where two people also were killed. According to the news report, the two fatalities were in the passenger vehicle that collided with the dump truck while the commercial truck operator was uninjured.

When a dump truck is involved in a collision with passenger vehicle, the occupants of the car, van, or light truck often suffer devastating harm. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A., our dedicated attorneys analyze all the facts of the case in order to develop effective strategies to get the compensation that our clients deserve. Our Miami truck accident lawyers have more than 120 years of collective experience in holding negligent attorneys accountable for their wrongdoing.

There are dump trucks all over the roads of South Florida and most of the time, these large vehicles are operated in a safe manner. However, when there is a driver who is not trained properly, a truck that is not maintained appropriately, or a reckless or negligent operator. The trucks that traverse the state are loaded with materials such as sands, rocks, construction materials, and waste.

There are many ways in which a dump truck collision occurs, including:

• Accidents while backing up - the sheer size of a dump truck makes visibility a challenge for a truck operator. If the driver does not take extra precautions to ensure a clear path, then it can lead to a horrific impact with individuals or vehicles behind the truck;

• Accidents as the result of overloading or weight imbalances - these vehicles are designed to carry heavy loads, but these trucks can overbalance or can experience tire blowouts while traveling at a high rate of speed, leading to terrible crashes; and

• Collisions with other vehicles - there are many circumstances in which a truck can impact another vehicle, including crossing over into oncoming traffic, making swinging turns, changing lanes recklessly, or taking other actions that place the dump truck into the path of other vehicles.

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Florida Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Chain Reaction Crashes

November 30, 2014

A chain reaction crash involving a tractor-trailer in Boca Raton recently led to the shutdown of Interstate 95, South Florida's main thoroughfare, for many hours, according to a recent news story. A commercial truck apparently attempted to change lanes while traveling at a high rate of speed, but impacted another vehicle in the process. The collision resulted in a further crash with another vehicle. One of the vehicles involved in the chain reaction crash left the roadway and collided with a power line, which resulted in a fire. The commercial truck driver who started the chain reaction did not stop and might not have been aware of the devastation that he left in his wake. This serious crash is indicative of the type of accidents that might occur when a commercial truck driver is negligent.

Commercial trucks that are operated in a negligent manner may lead to horrific crashes. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A., our Miami truck accident lawyers will work with our clients to get them the compensation that they need to deal with the long-term harm caused by their accident. Our attorneys have more than 120 years of collective experience in representing clients injured in South Florida truck accidents.

Commercial trucks can be involved in many types of accidents, but the size and weight of these vehicles frequently lead to successive impacts after an initial collision. A chain reaction crash involves three or more vehicles. One vehicle typically causes the initial collision that leads to the subsequent impacts, with driver negligence being the common culprit. In other words, the vehicle that initiates the crash often is found to be primarily liable for the resulting damages and harm. There are circumstances where a second or third vehicle is responsible for the crash, which may happen when traffic has stopped and a vehicle does not stop in response to the traffic in front of it.

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Florida Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Driver Negligence

November 18, 2014

A recent truck accident in South Florida resulted in a tractor-trailer rear-ending a bus carrying elementary school students. There were numerous injuries that resulted from the impact. According to a local news report, the driver of the commercial truck was observed to be driving erratically prior to the accident. Seven of the 15 students on the bus were taken to the hospital with injuries and one was in serious condition after the accident. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, a passenger in the commercial trucking vehicle was discovered to be naked. Although this is an extreme case of apparent driver negligence, the fact is that there are many reckless drivers on the roads in South Florida endangering the lives of those sharing the road with them.

Commercial trucks are impossible to avoid when a person is driving through South Florida, but the fact is that many of the drivers of these trucks do not have the training or dedication to competent operation of the vehicle to safely navigate our Sttate's roadways. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A., our Miami truck accident lawyers understand how to analyze the facts of a case in order to build an effective argument to obtain the compensation that our clients deserve. Our attorneys have more than 120 years of collective experience getting the settlement and jury awards that our clients need to move forward with their lives after a serious truck accident.

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What to Do at the Scene of a Florida Truck Accident

November 17, 2014

Few people would know just what to do following a serious Florida truck accident. In fact, a common regret among truck accident victims is not being better prepared for what to do on the scene of the accident. Our Miami truck accident lawyers have put together this guide to briefly review some important steps you should take if you are ever involved in a Florida truck accident:

1. Stay calm and call 911: Following the accident, survey the scene to determine whether anyone is injured. Call 911 so that injured victims receive prompt medical treatment and the police will be dispatched immediately. Try not to move injured victims
unless it is absolutely necessary to prevent them from becoming further injured.

2. Call the police: It is important to call the police so that a report can be generated concerning the accident, even if it appears minor at the time.

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Truck Driver Drug Usage and Accidents

November 4, 2014

Commercial truckers spend much time on the road and often work odd, tedious hours. For these and other reasons, drug use among truckers has been a common problem for decades. For over 25 years, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has studied truck drivers and their use of drugs, hoping to uncover data that can help keep the public safe from this serious problem that holds the potential to impact us all.

According to research by the NTSB, drug usage among truck drivers has been a major factor in both fatal and non-fatal truck accidents. In fact, the use of drugs has been linked to thousands of truck accident fatalities, including deaths of truck drivers.

Long hours behind the wheel of a massive truck, unending highways and roads, and driving during times when many are sleep are a regular part of the lives of truck drivers. Our Miami truck accident lawyers find that the isolation of these long hours on the road with minimal communication with others, as well as the tedious nature of the job, often leads truck drivers to use drugs and alcohol.

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Tips for Safe Driving Near Tractor Trailers

October 29, 2014

Driving near tractor trailers or other commercial trucks requires some additional cautions to help you stay safe. Even the most seasoned of drivers may not know all the steps they can take to avoid becoming involved in a truck accident. To this end, our Miami truck accident lawyers have created the following list of safety tips designed to help you avoid an accident when driving near any sort of commercial truck:

1. Drive at a safe speed.
2. Do not change lanes abruptly near a truck.
3. Slow down to let trucks have the right of way.
4. Be sure to adjust your speed according to the weather conditions, slowing down in instances of heavy rain.
5. Avoid driving directly next to a tractor trailer or commercial truck.
6. Always use turn signals.
7. Be aware of road conditions and traffic signals.

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6 Things You Should Know About Your Florida Truck Accident Case

October 22, 2014

Truck accidents often leave victims seriously injured and confused as to their rights. This guide provides injured truck accident victims with some important facts concerning their Florida truck accident case. All truck accident victims are cautioned to consult with a licensed truck accident lawyer in Miami as soon as possible after a crash to receive the individualized case analysis their claim requires.

1. Crucial evidence will be destroyed if you wait too long to contact a truck accident attorney: Truck companies are only legally required to keep important documents concerning an accident for a few months following the accident. After this time, the evidence will be destroyed. For example, truck driver log books, which contain hours of service records, only legally need to be maintained for six months. If you wait too long to consult with a licensed truck accident attorney, you risk losing this vital evidence forever. In addition, there may be electronic evidence of the truck's actions leading up to and immediately following the crash (sort of a "black box" for a car or truck). This information is often critical and needs to be preserved immediately so it is not lost because of a lapse in time.. Many trucking companies also have GPS equipment which can have many positive effects on winning as it shows a trucks location at a specific time which may lead to speed calculations, etc..

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What to Do at the Scene of a Florida Truck Accident

October 2, 2014

Few people would know just what to do following a serious Florida truck accident. In fact, a common regret among truck accident victims is not being better prepared for what to do on the scene of the accident. Our Miami truck accident lawyers put together this guide to briefly review some important steps you should take if you are ever involved in a Florida truck accident:

1. Stay calm and call 911: Following the accident, survey the scene to determine whether anyone is injured. Call 911 so that injured victims receive prompt medical treatment and the police will be dispatched immediately. Try not to move injured victims unless it is absolutely necessary to prevent them from becoming further injured.

2. Call the police: It is important to call the police so that a report can be generated concerning the accident, even if it appears minor at the time.

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