Recently, a tractor trailer overturned on Interstate 75 in Weston. The driver became trapped inside the cab of the truck as it lay on its side. Broward firefighters were able to cut open the roof of the cab and free the driver. Though the rescue took approximately two hours, the 52 year old driver was eventually freed and transported via helicopter to the hospital. Two other cars were involved in the accident, but fortunately they were not seriously injured. Investigators believe one of the cars changed lanes, forcing the truck driver to swerve out of the way and collide with another car. The truck was carrying chlorine at the time of the accident and it leaked onto the highway. All parties exposed to the chemical had to be decontaminated and the highway was closed for some time.
The Miami truck accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano are happy to hear that all individuals involved in this serious accident survived. Not all truck accidents end in such a fortunate manner. We regularly assist truck accident victims who have sustained injuries in all types of crashes. Our lawyers fight to protect the rights of injured accident victims, seeking compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Truck Accidents Can Result in Serious Injuries
Commercial trucks can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds, or even more, while the average passenger motor vehicle weighs in at about 3,000 pounds. Due to the sheer size disparity between commercial trucks and passenger motor vehicles, combined with the basic laws of physics, any accident between a tractor trailer and a smaller vehicle will likely result in serious injury or even death to those inside the car.
Human Error is the Most Common Cause of Truck Accidents
Human error is considered to be the number one cause of tractor trailer accidents. Negligence can be on behalf of the truck driver or the driver of the car involved. Potential negligent actions include speeding, distraction, driver fatigue, driving while intoxicated, disobeying basic traffic laws, and much more. The drivers of cars may act in a negligent manner if they pass trucks when it is not safe to do so, fail to leave adequate room between themselves and the truck, or disregard blind spots.
Injured Truck Accident Victims May Be Entitled to Compensation
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages stemming from the accident. This could include coverage for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, ongoing disability, and much more. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident to protect your legal rights.
Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano: Put Our Over 130 Collective Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a truck accident, the Miami Truck Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano offer the assistance you need to obtain the results you desire. With over 130 collective years of experience representing truck accident victims across South Florida, our firm provides legal representation of unmatched excellence. Contact our firm as soon as possible to start on the road to protecting your legal rights. Our firm received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and was ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald. Put our exceptional truck accident attorneys to work on your case. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.