Tractor-trailers and many other types of large trucks share the highways in the Miami area with you and your family at all times of the day and night. Importantly, drivers of tractor-trailers undergo specialized training to learn how to safely operate and maintain their vehicles. Despite this training and the understanding that tractor-trailers pose a danger to everyone on the highway when they are operated improperly, tractor-trailer accidents do happen, often with tragic results. There are several different causes of tractor-trailer accidents. Our Miami truck accident lawyers have provided a few common examples:
• Fog, wind, and rain are common causes of hazardous driving conditions in the Miami area. When these weather conditions are present, they make driving more difficult and dangerous for everyone, especially large-scale truck drivers. Specifically, these types of drivers must be extremely careful when operating a tractor-trailer in bad weather, and must even sometimes make a decision of whether or not it is safe to be on the road at any given time.
• Tractor-trailers require frequent safety checks and maintenance to ensure their safe operation. Just like cars, tractor-trailers have lights, brakes, tires, windshield wipers, mirrors and other parts which must be kept in good working order. The difference between tractor-trailers and cars is that because of their large size, something like a tire blowout can cause quite a bit of damage to the tractor-trailer itself, and to your vehicle if you are driving nearby.
• Tractor-trailers transport many different types of cargo. No matter what, all cargo must be properly secured. In general, there are several rules which require truck drivers to stop and check their cargo during transport to ensure that it stays secure throughout the entire trip. Undoubtedly, cargo that comes loose from a tractor-trailer can cause a devastating accident. Even if the cargo remains inside the trailer, it can shift during transport and cause the tractor-trailer to become unbalanced and difficult to control.
• The conditions under which some tractor-trailer drivers work can encourage them to engage in unsafe driving habits like speeding and driving while they are tired. Trucking company incentives offered to drivers for transporting cargo to its destination as quickly as possible make it profitable for drivers to operate their trucks at high speeds, as well as to drive with as few breaks as possible for sleeping, eating, and stretching. This deadly combination of factors is a common cause of serious and life threatening tractor-trailer accidents.
If a tractor-trailer accident has left you injured or has killed or injured someone you love, it is important that you move forward with a knowledgeable Miami Truck Accident Attorney by your side. The lawyers at our firm are members of APITLA (Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America) and have many years of training regarding crashes with large vehicles that most personal injury lawyers do not have The facts involved in various types of tractor-trailer accidents can be complicated, but your Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano know exactly what to do to help you and your family recover emotionally and financially from your loss. Please call us at 1-888-499-9700 or 1-305-595-2400 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.