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There may types of truck accident injuries in Hollywood and across South Florida. One of the common types of injuries resulting from this type of traffic crash involves trapped passengers or crushing injuries. Both are devastating and can easily lead to fatalities, amputations and serious injury.

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Crushing Injuries

Crushing injuries occur when the force of a truck collision causes crumple zones in a vehicle to collapse or causes them to be compromised. For example, if a truck T-bones a passenger car, the force of the truck can push through the side doors and windows, effectively crushing passengers against the interior of the vehicle. This can cause significant internal injuries and crushing injuries as bones, ligaments, muscles and other tissues are crushed and sometimes damaged beyond repair. Crushing injuries can lead to fatalities if they affect a major organ or body system. When the limbs are affected by crushing injuries, amputation may be the only way to save the victim’s life.

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In many vehicle accidents, only two vehicles are involved – the at-fault driver and to the other driver. In many truck accidents in Hollywood and across South Florida, however, the size of a tanker, 18-wheeler, big rig, or other commercial truck can cause a multiple vehicle or chain reaction accident.

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Multiple vehicle accidents involving trucks occur for a number of reasons:

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Being in a truck accident in Hollywood or anywhere South Florida can be devastating. The injuries resulting from this type of crash are often considerable and maybe life-changing. The financial impact due to your injuries and your inability to return to work immediately can last for years. In these situations, hiring the right truck accident attorney is one of the most important decisions you may make.

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You can easily find truck accident attorneys in Hollywood by searching online or by checking directories. However, how can you compare different attorneys to find the right one for you? There are a few things you should look for:

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Truck accidents in Hollywood and South Florida do serious injury and harm. These truck accidents can cause serious injuries and fatalities to passengers of smaller vehicles. Truck accidents involving tankers, big rigs and other commercial trucks can also cause significant property and environmental damage if the truck is carrying a dangerous substance. Spills of flammable materials, explosions, fires and other consequences of big trucking accidents can impact an area for months or years.

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There are several ways to prevent trucking accidents in your community:

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In traffic and truck accidents in Hollywood and across South Florida, fractures are a common injury. Fractures can occur if a passenger hits against a solid surface, such as a side door. They can also happen if an occupant is thrown from the vehicle or shaken vigorously enough to result in a broken arm.

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In truck accidents, broken arms are a common injury in situations where a passenger throws their hands in front of their face in a protective gesture, meaning the arm takes the brunt of impact. Broken arms can also occur if the driver gets their arms caught in the wheel during an accident. As with most truck accident injuries, injuries are most common for passenger car occupants, because they are less protected than passengers in commercial trucks.

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Truck accidents often cause devastating injuries for occupants of passenger cars involved in the crash. While truck drivers are well away from the impact of the crash in their cabs, passenger car drivers and passengers are not so lucky. In many cases, these types of accidents result in serious and life-threatening injuries to the passenger car occupants.

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Spinal cord injuries in Hollywood and across South Florida are often caused by truck and traffic accidents. In some cases, these injuries are permanent and result in loss of income, inability to work, life in an assisted living facility and more. People with a significant and permanent spinal cord injury may not be able to take care of themselves and may even need to be on life support if their paralysis extends into their abdominal area. Life expectancy for significant spinal cord injury survivors may be lower and these patients may be more susceptible to infections, pneumonia and other serious complications.

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For truck drivers, the holiday times can be very busy. In fact, some UPS unions have filed complaints amid concerns about how workloads might impact driver safety. This year, UPS alone expects to have 750 million deliveries through the holidays this year, which means about double the volume during the rest of the year and over 40 million more deliveries when compared with 2016.

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Drivers and unions have expressed concerns about company policies concerning holiday deliveries. Some companies allow drivers to work longer hours or expect drivers to drive up to 70 hours per eight-day period.  Unfortunately, this can create a number of hazards.

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At this time of year, delivery trucks can be found everywhere. Trucks from companies such as UPS, FedEx and others deliver packages and use a variety of trucks, including cube vans, light trucks, and other vehicles. Stores may use delivery trucks to get cargo to nearby stores and to customers. Even catering companies and small businesses use delivery vans and small trucks to offer additional services through the holiday season.

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Unfortunately, the extra traffic involving delivery trucks can increase the risk of accidents. There are a number of factors which can cause delivery truck accidents in Hollywood and Florida, especially at this time of year:

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Tanker trucks transport liquids, including hazardous materials and highly flammable chemicals. These trucks are necessary to get fuels to homes and business and as part of industrial operations. However, while these vehicles are important for local economies and businesses, they can also pose a hazard.

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Tanker-truck accidents are extremely dangerous for a few reasons:

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Delivery trucks play an important role in getting customer goods, materials, and industrial products to stores, businesses and customers. You may rely on delivery trucks to deliver your latest purchases from your local or online retailers while delivery trucks also work to get products on shelves.

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Unfortunately, delivery trucks can also be a source of traffic accidents in Hollywood and South Florida. These trucks often share the space with other road users in store parking lots, in residential areas, and on city streets, where they can pose a danger to passenger cars and pedestrians. In addition, delivery truck drivers often face tight deadlines and this can pressure them to drive for longer hours than is safe, in spite of hours of service regulations.

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