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Large commercial truck accidents involving poor maintenance can result in serious injuries.  Faulty maintenance is a common cause of truck accidents across the country.  Both the driver and the trucking company are required to check their vehicles for faulty parts and potential hazards.  The failure to properly maintain a commercial truck can result in serious and even fatal crashes.

Common Truck Maintenance Problems

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires all truck drivers regularly inspect their vehicles every time they set off for a destination.  If a truck driver fails to conduct regular inspections or neglects to perform the maintenance necessary to address any issues uncovered during inspections, he or she may be held accountable for injuries or deaths that result from a maintenance related crash. Continue reading →

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Commercial trucks are massive vehicles, often weighing in at up to 80,000 pounds.  These monstrous vehicles can inflict devastating injuries and sadly the brain is often involved.  Brain injuries are among the most catastrophic of all potential truck accident injuries as they affect your body’s cognition, memory, motor skills, personality, and much more.  The brain is the command center for the body, causing any serious brain injury to impact nearly all bodily systems.  The skull is designed to protect the brain from everyday bumps, but with a serious trauma, the brain can be affected.

Detecting a Brain Injury

After a truck accident, there are certain symptoms a person may present if they have sustained a traumatic brain injury.  Serious brain injuries can produce immediate symptoms, but more minor brain injuries may not be evident until hours after the accident or even longer.  With a brain injury, truck accident victims may experience the following symptoms: Continue reading →

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In just minutes, a catastrophic accident can alter your life significantly.  Unexpected accidents may lead to injuries so severe that they will have a long term impact on your health, livelihood, and future.  Truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries due to the tremendous size and weight of the trucks involved.  Catastrophic injuries can include traumatic brain injury, amputation of limbs, spinal cord damage, loss of vision, serious burns, and other injuries that could leave you disabled or permanently incapacitated.  Catastrophic accidents can take months, years, or even a lifetime to recover.

Anyone who has been involved in a catastrophic truck accident will require the assistance of an experienced truck accident attorney who will aggressively fight for their full recovery from the negligent truck driver, trucking company, or other party responsible for the crash. Continue reading →

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Tractor trailers serve a vital function in our society by transporting essential goods throughout the United States.  Every time a truck driver gets behind the wheel, however, there is the risk of a serious accident.  Due to the sheer number of trucks on the road, tractor trailer truck accidents are bound to occur.  These accidents are often quite serious given the massive size of tractor trailers.  Truck accidents will fall into two categories: collision accidents or non-collision accidents.  The two major types of non-collision accidents are discussed below:

Jackknifing Accidents

There are generally three brakes in a tractor trailer: the drive axle brake, the steering brake, and the trailer axle brakes.  If the steering axle brake locks up, a truck driver will not be able to steer and the truck will move straight regardless of the angle of the wheel.  If the truck’s axle brake’s lock up, the truck will jackknife.  When the trailer axle brake locks up, the trailer will swing and decrease the stability of the truck.  Continue reading →

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Each year, thousands of truck accidents will result in serious injuries to those involved.  Nearly 4,000 truck accidents end in fatalities, as reported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  Most of these injuries and deaths involve the drivers and passengers of the smaller motor vehicle involved in the accident.  Many of those injured in a truck accident will experience severe injuries that may involve considerable medical expenses, time off work, and the infliction of much pain and suffering.  Anyone who has been injured in a truck accident should understand the types of damages that may be available for accident victims.

Compensatory Damages

Following a Miami truck accident, it is common for civil lawsuits to be filed.  A civil suit against the truck driver or trucking company will seek to hold them responsible for the consequences of their negligent actions.  In nearly any truck accident case, the insurance companies will be involved.  Miami truck accident attorneys work on behalf of those injured to negotiate with their insurance companies, taking the case all the way to trial if necessary.  Continue reading →

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Our Miami truck accident lawyers report that a recent FedEx truck accident sent hundreds of packages tumbling onto the highway.  The Florida Highway Patrol reports that a 45 year old truck driver who resides in Florida was driving a big rig pulling two trailers when he made an improper lane change and swiped a car.  After swiping the other vehicle, the tractor trailer struck a guardrail.  The impact forced one of the trailers to break off and fall off the overpass on a highway below.  Hundreds of packages flew off the highway and came to rest on the road below.  The rig and the other trailer remained on I-4 above.  Florida Highway Patrol ticketed the driver, who did sustain minor injuries in the crash, for improper lane change.  Fortunately, no one else was injured.  Clean up began immediately after the accident and continued until all packages were cleared away.

Unsafe Lane Changes are a Major Factor in Truck Accidents

In order to obtain their commercial drivers’ license, truck drivers must complete certain training and demonstrate their ability to exercise caution and skill while driving an 18 wheeler.  Nonetheless, truck drivers can at times act in a negligent manner and maker serious mistakes that can lead to truck accidents.  One of the most common negligent actions truck drivers engage in is making unsafe lane changes.  Continue reading →

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Our Miami truck accident lawyers report on a tractor-trailer truck fire that shut down Interstate 95 near Interstate 4 in Daytona Beach.  The accident blocked all north and southbound lanes for several hours.  Witnesses report large plumes of smoke billowing across the highway close to the site of the accident.  Florida Highway Patrol reports that the driver was traveling from Miami to Missouri.  The driver apparently drifted in and out of the lane for several minutes before hitting a guardrail.  The fuel tank ruptured when struck by the guardrail and the driver barely escaped before the vehicle erupted into flames.  Flames and heat damaged the roadway, necessitating shut down while repairs were made.  Officers cited the truck driver for failure to maintain a single lane.  Fortunately, our Miami truck accident attorneys are pleased to report that there were no injuries sustained in the accident.

How Often Do Trucks Catch Fire?

All large tractor trailers use diesel fuel.  Diesel fuel is more difficult to ignite than regular fuel.  Its flash point, or the point at which it catches fire, is 140 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas the flash point of regular gasoline is 35 degrees Fahrenheit.  However, since large trucks typically carry some 100 gallons of diesel fuel, if the fuel is ignited, it can be catastrophic.  Diesel fuel is generally heated by recirculation through the fuel pump.  Due to the high flash point, it will take a large energy source to ignite even warm diesel fuel.  Continue reading →

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continues to investigate the horrendous truck accident that seriously injured actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and killed his friend and mentor James McNair on the New Jersey Turnpike.  This crash raised considerable safety issues, including driver fatigue and truck safety.  The Wal-Mart truck driver who crashed into the back of the limousine-van carrying Morgan, McNair, and several others had been awake for at least 28 hours prior to the crash.

NTSB investigators recently held a meeting to explore the accident and most of the focus was on driver fatigue.  Investigators revealed that had the truck driver slowed his speed to 45 miles per hour, which is the posted speed limit for a construction zone in the state, the crash would never have occurred.  Investigators report the truck was driving at about 65 miles per hour and was slow to react to the sign that stated it was entering a construction zone and should limit its speed. Continue reading →

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Commercial truckers work long, hard hours to transport items necessary for our survival and well being.  Truckers bring food, lumber, fuel, and other important products all across the country so we can heat our homes, eat, build products, and enjoy everyday comforts.  Our Miami truck accident lawyers believe that most truck drivers are experienced and hard working individuals, but a select few act negligently and use drugs that significantly impair their driving.  The nature of the trucking industry, with its long hours that are often at night, can often propel truckers to begin using drugs.  Drugs have become a significant problem in the trucking industry in recent years.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has conducted extensive research on drug use within the trucking industry and concluded that it causes a number of truck accidents annually.  In one study that examined fatal truck accidents in eight states during a one year period, drugs were detected in 67 percent of all truck drivers and a third of these truckers had psychoactive drugs combined with alcohol in their blood stream.  Cannabis or marijuana is one of the most prevalent drugs in the trucking industry, along with alcohol and cocaine.  Truck drivers are also known to use “uppers”, like methamphetamine, in order to prevent fatigue during their long hours on our nation’s roadways. Continue reading →

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Congress is considering passing a proposal that could allow drivers as young as 18 to operate 80,000 pound tractor trailers between states. The proposal is just one small part of a larger highway legislation that is currently before the Senate.  Although it is only one provision among many, it has received much media attention and raised considerable concerns from safety experts and drivers across the country.

Thus far, safety organization Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety has spoken out against the proposal, stating that we should be attempting to reduce the number of teen drivers not expand their ability to drive across the country.  Currently, our Miami truck accident lawyers find that several states allow truckers 18 years and older to obtain commercial driving permits and operate tractor trailers, but they can only do so within their state’s borders.  Federal law does not currently permit anyone under the age of 21 from driving a tractor trailer across borders.  Continue reading →

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