Unfortunately, accidents involving passenger cars and tractor-trailers are an everyday occurrence in Florida. According to news4jax.com, early yesterday morning, Charles Davis, Jr., a 25-year-old resident of St. Augustine was involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer driven by 39-year-old resident of Cassellberry, Britt Wortman. Apparently, Mr. Wortman was making a U-turn at the intersection of Factory Outlet Drive and State Road 16 and turned into the path of Mr. Davis' car. Mr. Davis was taken to Orange Park Medical Center in critical condition.
Very Familiar Accident Circumstances
The preceding circumstances are very familiar to our firm: we recently represented a young woman that crashed her Honda Civic into the side of a tractor-trailer that made an improper U-turn in front of her on Okeechobee Road. The victim's car was left unrecognizable and she had to be cut out of the vehicle by rescue personnel. The young lady suffered multiple catastrophic injuries, including a traumatic brain injury. For more details on this and other commercial truck accident cases handled by our firm over the years, please visit the Notable Cases section of our website.
Commercial Trucks Keep Getting Larger
When it comes to businesses, there is no greater motivator than profit, which in this case increases as trucking companies are able to move more merchandise per truck. Consequently, commercial trucks keep getting bigger (and heavier) with each passing year. Just to give our readers an idea of the rate of growth of tractor-trailer trucks in the last 50 years, please note that while the combined length of an eighteen-wheeler in the 1960's was about 40 feet, today it can be 57 to 59 feet long.
However, while building larger commercial trucks allows trucking companies to carry more merchandise, it also has other consequences: longer breaking distances because of the trucks' extra weight and greater difficulty driving them because of their ever-increasing length. This greater difficulty to drive these larger vehicles may have been a contributing cause to the accidents mentioned above.
We Can Help
Over our more than 60 years of combined professional experience handling truck accident cases, we have seen how trucking companies overload their trucks, load them incorrectly and/or force their truckers to drive longer hours, all in the name of profit. The trend continues with these larger rigs which, additionally, damage our road infrastructure with their ever-growing size and weight. Just to illustrate the preceding point, please note that research conducted by the Highway Research Board shows that one tractor-trailer causes as much damage to the road as 9,600 regular passenger cars.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. The Miami Dade County Truck Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano has throughout the years represented many clients involved in traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries. Please note that our practice has been extended with a new satellite office in Aventura to better serve clients that reside in Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Dania & Dania Beach, Miramar, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Aventura, Miami Beach, Surfside, Sunny Isles and Miami Gardens. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.