According to wesh.com, a tractor-trailer rear-ended two vehicles at mile marker 220 on I-95 and sent several people to the hospital.
An investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol is underway. Troopers’ stated that their initial assessment of the circumstances surrounding the accident point to the driver of the eighteen-wheeler getting distracted by objects on his sun visor, but that it is still too early to tell. The huge tractor-trailer ran over one of the smaller vehicles and crushed it against the guardrails.
One injured person was classified as a trauma alert and airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center, while two others were found in stable condition and taken to Parrish Medical Center. Seven other people refused transportation to the hospital.
Truck Adequately Maintained?
As stated in the preceding paragraphs, an investigation by the Highway Patrol is underway. However, given our many ears of experience handling accidents involving large commercial trucks, we cannot help but wonder whether this eighteen-wheeler was adequately maintained. Time and again we have seen how trucking companies neglect to give adequate maintenance to their fleet, in some cases just to save a few dollars. For example, should the investigation show that the brakes on this truck were worn out and thus prevented the driver from stopping in time, then the trucking company may face liability.
We have also seen trucking companies overload their trucks in order to make their operation more profitable. In other words, the more merchandise they can move per truck, the larger their profit margin. Needless to say, an overloaded truck with worn out brakes is an accident waiting to happen. Given the weight and size of these large commercial trucks, they require longer distances to stop completely from the moment the driver applies the brakes. In fact, most rigs these days are considerably larger than they were 50 years ago. A typical tractor-trailer in the sixties was about 40 feet long, while a similar truck today is about 57 to 59 feet long. Of course, their size has increased so much to allow trucking companies and freight forwarding companies to move more cargo per truck and trip.
The Lawyers At Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
All of the reasons discussed in the preceding paragraphs could have been contributing factors to the causes of this accident. It is, of course, up to the investigators to determine the real causes. Please note that an investigation conducted by the Florida Highway Patrol (or any other agency with jurisdiction over the matter) is done to determine whether criminal liability attaches to anyone involved. However, although findings by the police may be used in civil liability cases, all injured victims should have someone investigating and collecting all available evidence to help them recover any compensation that may be owed them by the trucking company or its insurance company. It is standard operating procedure for these potential defendants to train their truckers to immediately call in any accident in which they may find themselves involved. In fact, most of these insurance companies have rapid response teams that are immediately dispatched to the scene of the accident. Shouldn’t you also have someone working as hard and fast for you?
If you have been injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer or if a loved one has been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. With more than 70 years of combined professional experience handling truck accident cases, the lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano 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.
For example, we recently represented a young lady 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 destroyed 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.
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Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Truck Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have represented many clients involved in serious motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.