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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Florida Residents Avoid Dangerous Truck Cargo Crash This Time

September 22, 2014

Florida residents were spared the fate that befell residents in Delaware when a truck transporting up to 20 million bees from Florida to Maine crashed in Delaware and spilled its live, and angry, cargo on a ramp leading to Interstate 95. The driver was cited with having improperly secured cargo. Every day, people in South Florida are injured when a truck driver or trucking company fails to secure a load before heading out onto the road. Whether this is to maximize the amount of cargo that can be carried or is the result of simple negligence, the resulting injuries may be catastrophic. If you have been injured in a truck accident, the skilled Miami personal injury attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. are ready to fight for you. Our firm has dedicated more than thirty (30) years of practice to getting justice for our clients. We have successfully represented a number of client's who have been injured by debris falling from a truck. We have collected millions of dollars in such claims.

The truck transporting the bees crashed around six in the evening in late May, which means that there were many people on the road. The bees were so aggressive that the emergency responders could not get close to the accident for some time. The road was closed for more than twelve hours. Local beekeepers came and recovered the bees that they could and the trucking company permitted them to keep the bees. While this accident did not result in too much damage and people suffered minor injuries, including many bee stings, it does illuminate the dangers of improperly loaded cargo.

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Walmart Truck Driver Who May Not Have Slept for 24 Hours Crashes into Limo

August 25, 2014

A national news story out of New Jersey shows the terrible tragedies that result when a driver does not get sufficient sleep. On Saturday, June 7, a crash between a Walmart truck being driven by a driver who may not have slept in 24 hours and a Mercedes limousine bus resulted in one fatality and multiple serious injuries.

There are many risks posed by commercial truck drivers, but one of the biggest threats is driving while fatigued. The knowledgeable Miami truck accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in finding the evidence to prove the negligence of a wrongdoer. Our attorneys will fight to get you the answers that you need.

Although the investigation into the truck crash isongoing, the driver of the 2011 Peterbilt truck, who was driving for Walmart, has been charged in the crash that killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured comedian and actor Tracy Morgan, as well as two other individuals, while another person in the limo suffered from minor injuries. Initial accounts of the accident state that the truck failed to react to slowed traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike and the driver swerved to avoid crashing into the vehicles in front of him, leading him to collide with the limo. The force of the impact caused the limo bus to flip over and collide with other vehicles at the accident site.

At this time, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are working with the Garden State law enforcement officers to identify all issues and facts of this crash. The driver has issued a denial that he was awake for more than 24 hours before the crash and has pleaded "not guilty" in a preliminary hearing. In addition, Walmart has stated that the driver was operating within the guidelines established for commercial truck drivers by the federal government. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation into this horrific crash, the issue of fatigued drivers remains a serious concern.

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Florida Trucking Lawyers Discuss the Relationship between Tired Truck Drivers and Rear-End Collisions

August 14, 2014

The insurance industry routinely tries to downplay the severity of rear impact collisions with references like "rear-ender," "fender bender" and "low impact collision." However, all pretense that a rear impact collision is minor goes out the window when the vehicle that slams into you is an 80,000 lb. tractor-trailer. Rear impact trucking accidents are among the most preventable type of collision involving these large dangerous vehicles.

If a truck driver focuses on the roadway and observes a safe following distance while traveling at an appropriate speed for the conditions, a well maintained truck should almost never slam into the rear of another vehicle. Unfortunately, truck drivers and commercial carriers can elect to take calculated risks associated with cutting costs and increasing profits. Our Miami truck accident lawyers find that the decisions of a commercial driver to disregard anti-fatigue driving regulations often with the tacit approval of a trucking company is one of the most common causes of a collision where a truck rear-ends another vehicle.

Changes in Hours of Service Rules to Prevent Semi-Truck Accidents

Because fatigue from excessive hours behind the wheel and lack of sleep can increase the risk of drowsy truck driver collisions, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) revised their rules to address this issue. Hours of service (HOS) regulations govern the maximum length of driving shifts, the minimum duration of rest periods and other practices to reduce the risk of fatigue-related collisions. The substantial number of semi-truck crashes involving drowsy truck drivers between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. led the FMCSA to restrict the number of 34 hour restarts. The new regulations also provide that a truck driver may only get back behind the wheel if 8 hours or less have passed since the end of the driver's last off-duty or a sleeper berth period of at least 30 minutes. There is talk of a new law which will ease the restrictions and allow tired drivers to drive. Everyone should contact their representative in Washington and voice your opinion that this law should remain.

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Rear-end Accidents and Underride Events in South Florida

July 31, 2014

Drivers share the roads with tractor-trailers every day across the State of Florida and the high number of vehicles means that every day there will be many instances where passenger cars end up in crashes with commercial trucks . There are many reasons for these crashes, but they frequently are caused by truck driver negligence or the reckless actions of a trucking company.

When a person has been involved in a terrible collision with a tractor-trailer or has lost a loved one as a result of a negligent truck driver, it may be difficult to know where to turn for answers. The skilled and compassionate Miami truck accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. will work with you to get the answers and the results that you deserve.

One of the most devastating accidents that a person can experience when impacting a tractor-trailer is an underride event. What this means is that a smaller vehicle passes underneath the frame of the commercial truck. Often, there is severe structural damage to the car and in some accidents, the top of the passenger vehicle is sheared off completely.

Rear underride accidents may be caused by a number of different circumstances, including:

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Distracted Driving a Common Cause of Rear-End Crashes Involving Tractor-Trailers

July 7, 2014

While public awareness regarding the dangers posed by distracted drivers has been raised, public service announcements (PSAs) and similar education programs tend to focus on non-commercial drivers traveling to work, school or stores. The reality is that a distracted driver behind the wheel of a semi-truck weighing 40 tons that is bearing down on a stopped passenger car weighing only one ton is especially frightening. Many people dismiss the risk of distracted driving by truck drivers because a federal regulations that took effect on January 3, 2012 banned hand-held use of cell phones by commercial drivers, which includes truckers and bus drivers. Although this ban was a positive step in the right direction, our Miami truck accident lawyers think the regulation's effectiveness in protecting vehicle occupants from being involved in rear-end trucking accidents has been compromised by a number of factors.

Handheld Cell Phone Ban for Truckers Is Hard to Enforce

The ban on handheld use of cell phones by truck drivers presents significant enforcement challenges for law enforcement officers. The cab of a semi-truck sits up much higher than a typical patrol car which makes it difficult for a law enforcement officer to determine that a truck driver is texting or talking on a cell phone. The truck driver may have the cell phone hidden in the driver's lap or under the steering wheel. This means that many times a commercial driver's illegal use of a cell phone might not be detected until the driver drifts into an adjacent lane or rear-ends another vehicle. Because smart phones have so many uses that are not prohibited, law enforcement officers also may be less motivated to cite commercial drivers. This disincentive stems from the difficulty in proving an unauthorized use of a cell phone which typically will require submitting a subpoena to the cell phone carrier to obtain phone records.

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FMCSA Proposes Shift to Electronic Logbooks to Reduce the Number of Fatigue-Related Trucking Accidents

June 29, 2014

Truck driver fatigue is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant factors in fatal tractor-trailer crashes. While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has promulgated daily and weekly limits on the number of hours that commercial drivers can operate a large truck to reduce the role of fatigue in causing collisions, these rules are widely disregarded. Current hours of service rules limit commercial drivers from operating a tractor-trailer for more than 11 hours per day and mandate a 34 hour rest break after 60 hours of driving in a week.

Truck drivers are an essential part of the American economy. Our Miami truck accident lawyers know that most trucking companies and their drivers are honest, hard working folks. They are unfortunately judged by those in the trucking industry who "cut corners" and violate FMCSA rules and regulations. Truck drivers generally earn more pay by driving longer shifts, so there are a number of drivers who often violate hours of service rules with the express or implied approval of the trucking company. It is important to remember that dispatchers are aware of where drivers are, how long they have been driving and if they are "over hours. Although federal regulations that require driver's to maintain a log that tracks hours of service should prevent this practice, these logs are routinely manipulated or falsified. The FMCSA is considering a proposal that could make driver logbooks more accurate and make it easier to expose fraud.

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Florida Tractor-Trailer Accidents: Semi-Truck Brake Failure

June 23, 2014

Although the most common cause of motorists being rear-ended by tractor-trailers is unsafe driving practices like distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding or following too close, some rear impact tractor-trailer crashes are caused by lack of proper vehicle maintenance or defective braking systems. A study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) found that nearly 30 percent of all trucking accidents are caused at least partially by brake failure. When an 80,000 tractor-trailer slams into your vehicle without properly functioning brakes, the result is often catastrophic injuries like spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and even wrongful death.

The braking systems of tractor-trailers are comprised of many components and parts that must be inspected and maintained by a trained mechanic. When trucking companies and drivers are lax about conducting inspections or performing maintenance, a forty ton vehicle can race down an incline with no ability to slow down or stop until the truck slams into another vehicle. Our Florida tractor-trailer accident attorneys often work with trucking experts in mechanics and engineering who can examine a braking system to isolate problems and identify defects. These experts can help a judge or jury understand why the brakes failed, as well as what actions should have been taken by the trucking company and/or driver to prevent a rear-end collision caused by non-functioning brakes.

Because our Miami trucking accident lawyers have successfully represented individuals injured in a broad range of tractor-trailer accidents, we are familiar with the potential causes of brake failure, including condensation, worn tires, improperly adjusted brakes, worn brake components, inadequate air pressure and overheated brakes. Trucking companies and drivers that neglect to perform necessary maintenance constitute the most common cause of brake failure-related tractor-trailer crashes.

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