Authorities are investigating a freak accident involving a runaway tire from an eighteen-wheeler that almost injured two people in Ocala. According to wftv.com, the tire flew off a tractor-trailer driven by William Harvey and landed on top of a car on Highway 27. The driver of this vehicle suffered only minor injuries, but was taken to a local hospital for further observation and evaluation.
After hitting the car on Highway 27, the tire rolled into a conference room at a local Ramada Inn, where it almost hit Bob Hurst, of The Sons of the Confederate Veterans.
Given our many years of experience handling commercial truck accident cases, we cannot help but wonder whether truck maintenance had anything to do with this accident. Time and again we have seen both tractor-trailer drivers and trucking companies rush their trucks into rotation faster than they should. Adequate maintenance ensures that trucks will operate as expected. Of course, the investigation has just started and it’s too early to tell how the tire ended up falling off the truck.
There are many State and Federal safety and maintenance regulations that trucking companies have to comply with in order to operate their trucks on our roads. Yet, we have seen how trucking companies fail to maintain their vehicles as established by law and rush them into service just to be more profitable. Some of the most common violations are:
- Failure adequately maintain their trucks, which often includes running these tractors and trailers with worn out or defective tires;
- Not training their drivers adequately;
- Setting very tight delivery schedules that force drivers to work hours longer than those allowed by federal and state regulations, which causes driver fatigue; and
- Overloading and/or improperly loading trucks.
Trucking companies operating their vehicles in such negligent manners are liable for the damages, injuries and deaths that they cause. Victims and close relatives of victims should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling this kind of cases and not allow these trucking companies and their insurance carriers benefit from the victim’s inaction. These trucking companies and their insurance companies promptly send their investigators to the scene of the accident and these investigators collect evidence that could otherwise be lost and even interview witnesses while the events in question are still fresh in their minds. You should have qualified lawyers and investigators working equally hard for you. Maybe we can help.
The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
With over 76 years of combined professional experience handling truck accident cases, the lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have seen how trucking companies fail to properly maintain their fleet, fail to adequately train their drivers, overload their trucks, load them incorrectly and/or force their truckers to drive longer hours than they legally should, all in the name of profit. 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 and Urbano has throughout the years represented many clients involved in traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries.
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