Florida Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog
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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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If you have been injured in a trucking collision in Homestead or any Florida community, you may wonder whether you have a legal claim or any options for securing compensation in your case. You may also have lots of other questions about your case, such as: How will I pay for my medical treatment? What will happen to my car? Will I be able to return to work?

One of the ways to answer your questions is to speak with a Homestead personal injury attorney. A skilled attorney can address your concerns and can work to answer some of your questions. He or she can determine the likely total costs of your injuries and can help you understand your rights. He or she can also help you find a mechanic or medical services, if you need them.

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Florida is home to many waterways and as a result has many bridges. Trucks often must cross these bridges in Miami and other cities order to deliver their cargo. Unfortunately, bridges pose a special danger for trucks. In the event of a collision, a two-lane bridge simply does not provide any space for other vehicles to go, which can increase the severity of the crash. In addition, the weight and force of a truck accident can cause severe structural damage to the bridge itself, even leading to bridge collapse.

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There are many federal and state rules in place to keep bridges and vehicles safe. For example, many bridges have clearance limits. This means that trucks above a certain height are not permitted on some bridges. In addition, all bridges have weight limits, so that heavy trucks posing a risk of bridge collapse are not permitted on the structures. Unfortunately, in some cases truckers violate these rules and try to squeeze an overloaded or overweight truck onto a bridge. This can lead to bridge collapse, structural damage, and other problems.

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Truck drivers transport their cargo on tight deadlines, and they often rely on highways and freeways in order to get their cargo to their destination faster. While freeways may be filled with trucks every day, freeways pose a special danger for trucking collisions in Homestead and other communities.

Freeways in Hollywood, Miami, and surrounding areas tend to be busy, especially during rush hour. They also tend to have higher speed limits than city streets. Together, this can create a dangerous combination in the event of a trucking accident. When a tracking accident occurs on a freeway, it is more likely that there will be other cars around the vehicle. This can easily lead to a pileup or multiple vehicle crash. In addition, the high speeds on these roadways can mean that the force of the impact is much greater, potentially leading to rollovers and other serious accidents that can crush smaller vehicles or cause serious injuries and even fatalities.

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Many trucking collisions in Hollywood and other Florida communities end up being multiple vehicle accidents. Due to the size and force of a truck, when a truck driver loses control of a big rig, tractor-trailer, or other commercial vehicle, the truck can slide or veer out of control for some time before coming to a complete stop. Before the vehicle comes to a full stop, it can crash into other cars, vehicles, and bystanders, causing multiple points of impact and a very serious accident.

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Commercial trucks may also be at risk of multiple vehicle collisions because of the routes they travel. Trucks tend to travel on highways and other busy roadways. When a large truck veers out of control on one of these roads, there are potentially many other motorists close by and this higher congestion of traffic can mean that vehicles can get crushed by the larger commercial truck.

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Truck rollovers are one of the most common types of truck accidents in Homestead and Florida. These types of collisions occur most often at high speeds, and because of the speeding involved they can be catastrophic. However, rollovers can also occur on uneven surfaces, even when a truck driver is traveling slowly.

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Rollovers happen when a truck loses control or drives over an uneven surface, in many cases. If a passenger car loses control, it will generally slide or crash into a solid object. Unless a passenger car drives into a ditch or reaches very high speeds, the risk of rollovers is smaller. Since trucks have a higher center of gravity, however, they can flip on their side or even their roof.

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The trucking industry uses more technology than ever before. Technology helps truckers avoid traffic collisions in Homestead and other cities and helps save money on fuel. There are many types of technology that truckers and truck carriers rely on, including:

1) GPS.

Ubiquitous in regular cars and trucks, GPS allows truck drivers and delivery drivers to find their destinations, even in unfamiliar areas. The technology also means less time spent looking at maps and more time focusing on the road.

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Big rigs and tractor trailers have trailers attached to the cabs where drivers sit. The trailers can be removed or attached as needed. Jackknife accidents happen when the trailers swing outwards during a crash, causing the trailers to be at a 90-angle from the rest of the vehicle.

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The danger with jackknife accidents in Hollywood and the rest of Florida is that the trailer can hit other vehicles or objects before it stops moving, potentially causing a lot of damage. It is not uncommon for considerable property damage or crushing injuries to happen because of jackknife collisions. If a truck is speeding when it jackknifes, a rollover accident is very likely. Jackknifing exerts a lot of force, which can lead to serious injuries and even multiple-vehicle accidents.

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Flatbed trucks are commercial trucks with a weight of at least 10,000 pounds (not including cargo or passengers). In a tractor-trailer, the cargo is hitched to the cab and the cab can be completely separated from the trailer carrying the cargo. This is not the case with the flatbed truck. With a flatbed truck, the flatbed is open and is attached directly and permanently to the truck’s chassis.

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Flatbed trucks are often used to transport large, heavy, and unwieldy cargo. For example, these vehicles are commonly used to transport manufactured homes, lumber, building materials, vehicles, logs, and other large objects. One of the dangers with this is that the cargo can shift during an impact in an accident and the cargo can become loose or can shift forward and back, causing damage to the cab guards and striking the driver.

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