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Our Miami 18-wheeler truck accident lawyers report that a tractor trailer driver fled the scene of a multiple vehicle accident that shut down Interstate 95 in Boca Raton for four hours.  The crash occurred in the afternoon hours just south of Glades Road.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, the driver of the tractor trailer attempted to switch lanes and struck the side of a 1998 Honda Accord.  The driver of the Accord lost control of the vehicle and veered across the southbound lanes.  The Accord was then struck by a Ford SUV traveling in the same direction.  It continued off the roadway and onto the shoulder, then traveled through a fence and crashed into a utility pole.  The collision sparked a small fire and brought down some power lines.  The truck driver did not remain at the scene of the accident and police are still seeking to uncover his or her identity.

Truck and Multiple Vehicle Crashes Claim the Lives of Thousands Annually

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute reports that commercial truck accidents kill over 4,000 people annually.  About one third of all traffic accidents are multiple-vehicle accidents.  All it takes to cause a pile up is one driver’s momentary distraction.  This moment of distraction or other form of negligence can cause all manner of vehicles, including cars, tractor trailers, and motorcycles, to collide.  With potentially thousands of pounds of metal and glass traveling at immense speeds, the possibility of serious injuries or death is high. Continue reading →

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Many new clients, who retain our Miami truck accident lawyers to represent them, will conclude the driver of the truck is individually responsible for damages. However, this is not always the case as trucking companies are at times responsible for accidents involving their trucks and the innocent drivers of passenger motor vehicles.  Trucking companies have a certain responsibility that they must meet in order to keep their drivers and the public safe.  They must, for instance, employ only responsible drivers and maintain their fleet of trucks in a thorough manner.  Failure to observe these important requirements can result in devastating accidents that may be attributed to the trucking company.

Trucking Company Negligence

Trucking company negligence can be more difficult to uncover because it is less visible and occurs behind the scenes. Though it will take some extra investigating, trucking company negligence can be rooted out and can serve the basis for legal liability.  Some examples of trucking company negligence can be found below: Continue reading →

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An Alabama company that manufactures tractor trailer hitches has issued a recall of about 6,800 parts due to a suspected defect.  The tractor trailer hitch was involved in a fatal Ohio accident last year.  Fontaine Fifth Wheel of Alabama agreed to the recall after a year of pressure from the government. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the tractor trailer hitches back in June after a 12 ton semi-trailer carrying food came loose from the tractor and plowed into oncoming traffic.  Unfortunately, our Miami truck accident attorneys discovered that two men were killed as they drove on the snow lined road.

Documents filed with the NHTSA reveal that the hitch locking mechanisms can become damaged over time if truck operators do not follow proper coupling and maintenance procedures.  The hitches are made to lock a pin from the trailer in the hold, holding it in while the truck is moving.  However, according to Fontaine documents, cumulative damage to the hitches can cause them to malfunction or, in severe cases, fail.  Continue reading →

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Our Miami truck accident lawyers report that a $10 million lawsuit was filed following a fatal accident that killed four people in Jacksonville.  The accident happened when a tractor trailer failed to stop in time, crushing a Chevrolet Tahoe and starting a massive fire that engulfed the SUV.  The tractor trailer also hit another SUV, injuring three occupants.  The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. Now, the family members of those killed in the accident are seeking compensation and wish to bring to light the importance of collision avoidance systems.

Could This Fatal Accident Have Been Prevented?

The accident started with the driver of a Tahoe becoming stuck in traffic due to a vehicle blocking the roadway ahead.  A Nissan Murano was driving behind the Tahoe.  Suddenly, the Murano was rear ended by the tractor trailer.  This SUV spun out, and then the truck slammed into the Tahoe, pushing it into the concrete barrier.  The Tahoe caught fire and trapped the four occupants inside. Continue reading →

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To prevent a serious trucking accident, our Miami truck accident lawyers find that it is critical for car drivers maintain a safe following distance behind commercial trucks.  Severe accidents can result when your car hits the rear end of a tractor trailer.  Studies have emerged in recent years showing that most commercial trucks are equipped with bumpers of insufficient strength to stop a car from traveling underneath the truck.  Further, a truck’s bumpers will not always align with your car, allowing your vehicle to drive under the truck in the event of a crash.

Underride Guards Often Fail in Crashes

An underride accident occurs when a truck stops short and a car traveling behind cannot stop in time.  The car will continue traveling underneath the commercial truck and can be torn apart in the process. Commercial trucks are equipped with rear guards that are intended to reduce underride deaths by preventing cars from traveling far underneath the truck.  However, new crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety demonstrate that truck underride guards are failing to protect car occupants.  Continue reading →

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Sleep is vitally important to the human body.  Scientists have yet to uncover precisely why humans need to sleep, but research consistently indicates that most people need about six to eight hours of sleep each night.  Unfortunately, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 70 million Americans suffer from sleep deprivation.  Sleep deprivation can have a significant negative impact o your cognition and ability to perform tasks.  Our trucking accident lawyers in Miami have handled many truck accident cases. We have found when a truck driver does not have sufficient sleep, he or she presents a grave risk on the roadway.

Too Little Sleep Can Impact the Brain

Sleep deprivation impacts the brain’s functions in several different ways.  The following is a look at some basic impairment caused by sleep deprivation: Continue reading →

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The commercial trucking industry is constantly looking for ways to improve trucks in terms of safety, energy efficiency, economy, and more.  Several major trucking companies have developed innovative tractor trailers that could be the wave of the future.  These trucks include cutting edge safety technologies and new designs.  Many truck manufacturers offer feature “vehicle to vehicle” and “vehicle to infrastructure” technologies that warning drivers of the possibility of an accident and giving the driver time to avoid the threat.

Our truck accident attorneys hope that new truck designs will be the key to decreasing the rate of serious truck accidents. The following is a look at a few future futuristic trucks that could soon hit the roadways: Continue reading →

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Commercial trucks travel our roadways daily in order to transport vital goods.  Staying safe on the road is essential and one of the best ways to stay safe is to keep out of a truck’s blind spots or “no zones.”  Commercial trucks are massive vehicles that have several distinct blind spots.  The visibility of truck drivers is far more limited than that of a car driver.  For this reason, our Miami truck accident lawyers present the four main “no-zones” for trucks that all drivers should know.

Read below to gain a better understanding of truck no-zones and contact us immediately in the event you are injured in a truck accident.

  1. The Right Side No-Zone: The right side of a commercial truck contains the largest and longest blind spot.  It is critical that drivers avoid passing along a truck on the right hand side at all times.  If you cannot see the driver in the side mirror, you should assume he or she cannot see you either.  If you must pass a truck, pass on the left hand side which has a shorter blind spot.  When traveling on multiple lane highways, avoid driving alongside a truck on its right hand side because the driver has little to no visibility and could accidently merge into you.
  2. The Left Side No-Zone: As with the right side, the left hand side of a commercial truck has a large blind spot.  Avoid driving alongside either side of a commercial vehicle other than for passing.  When you need to pass a truck, do so as quickly as possible and then return to the truck’s visibility area.  Although the truck driver has a little more visibility on this side, it is still limited and you are best to avoid this blind spot as well.  If you find yourself traveling alongside a truck, catch the driver’s eyes in the side mirror to ensure he or she knows you are there.
  3. The Front No-Zone: It is crucial that you never travel closely in front of a truck.  Although it can be frustrating to travel behind a slow moving truck, tractor trailers cannot stop quickly and if you are directly in front of one, you could become seriously injured in the event of a slowdown.  Aim to leave at least one car length per 10 miles per hour you are traveling between you and the truck.  So, if traveling at 60 miles per hour, this would amount to six car lengths.
  4. The Rear No-Zone: Traveling close behind a truck is extremely dangerous. You cannot see around the truck and in the event of a slowdown, your vehicle could travel underneath the truck, resulting in serious injury.  Leave sufficient room to allow you to stop in the event of a slowdown or sudden stop.

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Technological innovations have made our lives easier and safer.  In the realm of passenger motor vehicles, new technologies have made cars far safer, shielding passengers in the event of a crash and even helping to prevent accidents altogether.  New technology seems to move more slowly over to the commercial trucking industry, but our Miami truck accident attorneys believe these new technologies will be crucial to improving truck driver safety and the safety of those around them.

The Miami truck accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A. firmly believe that new technologies can help save lives.  We have assisted far too many victims of truck accidents in obtaining compensation for their serious injuries.  We hope with improved technology, increased truck driver training, and heightened regulation, the rate of truck accidents could decrease. The following is a look at some new technologies often included in tractor trailers that can help save lives: Continue reading →

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Our nation is currently experiencing a shortage in the number of truck drivers.  Specifically, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) is reporting that there will be a shortage of over 50,000 truckers in the country by the end of the year.  This shortage will exceed what was initially predicted two years ago.

Truck drivers perform a vital function in our society.  They transport important items from state to state.  Without a sufficient number of truck drivers, deliveries could be severely affected.  Furthermore, the truck driver shortage could impact rates of truck accidents.  The trucking industry is desperate to employ new drivers.  The Federal government is even considering reducing the minimum age for truck drivers so that 18 year olds would be allowed to drive commercial trucks cross country.  In its rush to employ more drivers, the trucking industry may hire drivers with less experience and qualifications than it otherwise would.  Our Miami truck accident lawyers handled many claims against trucking companies when poor quality drivers were determined to be at fault in a serious accident.

Even further, the trucking industry may be less likely to fire drivers for infractions that ordinarily would have resulted in loss of employment because they so urgently need to hold onto drivers.  The following is a more in-depth look as to how the truck driver shortage may negatively impact accident rates: Continue reading →

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