Florida Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog
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Underride accidents occur when a truck stops suddenly, causing smaller cars to slide underneath the rear trailer of the truck and underneath the truck itself. These types of accidents tend to be devastating, since the surface of the truck will often shear off the top part of the passenger car, causing crushing injuries and severe or fatal injuries to the passengers inside.

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One of the most devastating things about underride truck collisions is that they are quite preventable. Underride guards are a very simple device that can be installed under the rear trailer of the truck to prevent cars from sliding underneath the trailer. These guards are metal bars that prevent smaller cars from slipping under the truck in the event of a crash. Most truck companies have already installed these types of devices on their trucks to prevent underride accidents. Since 2007, many trucks have been required by law to have these underride guards.

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Tire blowouts are terrifying. One moment you may be following a commercial truck and the next you may witness a loud boom followed by pieces of rubber flying at high speeds toward your windshield. After a tire blowout, truck drivers are sometimes able to pull over safely to the side of the road. However, a truck tire blowout in Hollywood or another community can also cause a truck driver to temporarily lose control of the vehicle. This can cause a serious accident, especially on freeways or near intersections.

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Tire blowouts can occur for number of reasons, including:

  • Overweight Cargo
  • Poor Maintenance
  • Faulty Tire Design
  • Old Tires
  • Incorrectly Installed Tires
  • Speeding
  • Bald Or Worn Tires
  • Debris On The Roads
  • Overheating

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Brakes on big rigs and tractor-trailers are very different than the brake systems on passenger cars. Trucks use air brakes to stop their larger vehicles and to stay safe on the roads.

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While the truck air brakes are meant to stop much larger vehicles and are meant to keep trucks safe, the reality is that brake problems are common causes of commercial truck accidents in Homestead, Miami, and other Florida communities.

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Many truck and car accidents in Hialeah and other Florida communities are caused by human error. Human error can involve failing to check blind spots, making a mistake when changing lanes, or braking suddenly.

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Drivers and other cars may make decisions that cause you to be involved in a trucking accident. For example, another car may swerve in front of a truck, causing the truck to slam on the brakes or shift lanes, potentially crashing into you. Another car may try to drive around a truck and crash into you if you are driving in front of the same vehicle. Drivers tailgating a truck may suddenly slam on the brakes, causing you to rear-end their vehicle if they break too suddenly.

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According to the truck industry, the majority of truck accidents in Homestead and other communities occur due to passenger car drivers. In fact, in many car and truck accidents, the car drivers blamed. Even though it’s true that truck drivers have extensive training and have to be carefully tested to keep and maintain their commercial licenses, truck drivers aren’t immune to human error.

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In fact, there are many errors that truck drivers make that can lead to collisions:

1) Poor health choices.

Fatigued driving, drugged driving, and drunk driving involving truck drivers in Homestead and other communities can and does happen. Even though there are strict rules preventing truck drivers from engaging in dangerous behavior, it does not prevent drivers from making poor choices. Some drivers have sleep apnea or sleep disorders or other conditions that they fail to disclose. Some drivers drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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Many truck crashes in Hollywood and Florida take place when a truck is in motion. This can be especially devastating if a truck is speeding or driving at high speeds on a freeway, since the force of the collision can cause serious injuries.

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However, even a parked truck can be a danger, especially if you don’t see it in time. Parked truck collisions in Hollywood and other communities are surprisingly common and can lead to devastating injuries. There many situations where this type of collision can take place:

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Tankers transport gasoline, gases, and liquids as well as substances like cement and even bio-hazardous materials. We rely on tankers to transport chemicals as well as everyday substances we need. People who live in colder climates, for example, may rely on tankers to get heating oil for their homes. The construction industry relies on tankers for cement.

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Tanker Trucks Pose Unique Dangers on Our Roads

While tankers are important, they can also be deadly on our roads. These types of commercial trucks have a number of special hazards, when compared with flatbed trucks or tractor trailers:

  • The liquids in tankers can move around inside the truck, shifting the center of balance.
  • Tankers have a high center of gravity, making them subject to rollovers.
  • Tankers can be used to transport hazardous materials, including flammable materials, bio-hazardous materials, and even radioactive materials. These products can become deadly in a collision.
  • Tankers have large blind spots.
  • Tankers may make frequent stops, especially if they are delivering fuel or other products.
  • Tanker cargo can leak.

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Emergency vehicles, including trucks, race to the scene of car accidents, fires, and other emergencies. The brave men and women in these trucks work hard to save lives and often put their lives at risk in order to do so.

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If you are in a truck or car collision, first responders in Hollywood or local emergency vehicles could save your life. Unfortunately, because these large vehicles are traveling so quickly, in some cases they can cause accidents and damages as well.

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Big rigs, tractor trailers, and other commercial trucks require a lot more space to make wide turns when compared with passenger cars. When making a right turn, these trucks must swing left before completing a right turn. This sometimes awkward-looking maneuver gives enough space for the trailer and the cabin to turn.

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The problem is that when the truck swings a wide left, some motorists take the opportunity to try to pass the truck along the right. This places the smaller vehicle directly in the driver’s blind spot and traps the car between the curb and the truck. When the truck completes its turn, the smaller vehicle can be crushed in what is known as a squeeze play truck collision.

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It can be terrifying enough to be involved in a trucking collision if you are at home. However, if you are traveling in Miami or Florida at the time of your accident, the claims process can be even more confusing. Where can you turn for medical attention or advice? How can you file a claim when you are not at home? What happens if the driver is also from out-of-state?

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The Miami truck accident attorneys at Flaxman Law Group have been helping injured people in the South Florida area for years. A common situation we encounter involves visitors who are injured while traveling to Florida for a vacation or for business. In these cases, injured parties often face quite a bit of stress. They don’t know where to turn and how to pursue their cases, especially after they return home. We offer services to people from out of state who have been injured as well as local residents who have been injured by out-of-state truck drivers.

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