Trucking Accidents

Were you involved in a truck accident? According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 14.1% of the fatal crashes on America’s roadways in 2019 involved at least one truck or bus, while 8.6% of non-fatal crashes involved a truck or bus.

Because of the additional weight of trucks and other large vehicles, injuries tend to be more severe, leading to a higher death rate than in car accidents.

Turn to an experienced truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shannon J. Sagan, P.A. Our South Florida law firm has helped truck accident victims pursue compensation for their injuries for almost two decades.

Common Causes of Injuries by Commercial Trucks

Grueling hours on the road and long hauls make trucks dangerous for other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Typical causes of truck accidents include:

  • Fatigue, potentially falling asleep at the wheel
  • Improper training or certification
  • Blind spots
  • Improper turns causing injuries or striking parked cars
  • Tire blowouts
  • Overloaded trailer
  • Equipment failure of brakes or other systems
  • Texting or distracted driving

Not every commercial truck is an 18-wheeler. Truck accidents may involve cement mixers, garbage trucks, dump trucks, delivery trucks, USPS trucks, and tow trucks. These large vehicles often cause severe injuries in an accident, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Back and neck injuries, including vertebral and disk damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Burns
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Amputation
  • Death

Determining Liability for Medical Bills and Property Damage

Experienced truck accident attorneys know that determining the party liable for injuries and property damage in accidents involving commercial trucks can be challenging. Whose insurance company do you file a claim with: the driver’s, their company’s, or your own? In accidents involving commercial trucks, the issue of liability is often more complex.

For instance, if a driver fell asleep at the wheel and caused the accident, the driver would be liable, and potentially the trucking company the driver works for, as it scheduled the driver for too many hours. But if a tire blowout occurs next to your vehicle and causes property damage and injuries, it’s possible the tire manufacturer could be liable as well.

Truck Accident lawyer Shannon J. Sagan, can help you build a case against the liable party or parties to get compensation for your injuries.

Possible Compensation to Pursue in a Truck Accident Case

You may pursue several economic and non-economic damages in a truck accident claim or lawsuit, including payment for medical bills and lost wages, future lost wages and future medical care due to your injuries, and damages for mental anguish, disfigurement, or pain and suffering.

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer in Palm Beach County, FL

Attorney Shannon J. Sagan has over 17 years of experience as a truck accident lawyer in Palm Beach County and across the state of Florida. Call us at the Law Offices of Shannon J. Sagan, P.A., for a free case evaluation at 1-800-FLA-LAWYER or contact us online.

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