Articles Posted in Commercial Truck Accidents

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If you have been in a truck accident in Hollywood or anywhere in Southern Florida, the clock is ticking. The moment you are in a crash, your choices can impact your claim and the compensation you receive. Even minor decisions on your part can have an impact on your financial and legal future.

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If you have been in a trucking collision, you may wonder if and when you need to contact an attorney. The reality is that it is important to make this call as soon as you can. The sooner you make that contact, the faster you can get legal advice about your situation.

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If you have been in a truck or car crash in Hollywood and have walked away seemingly without a scratch, you may consider yourself lucky. After all, many truck collisions result in serious and even devastating injury. However, before you feel too fortunate, keep in mind that sometimes seemingly minor traffic crashes can become serious.

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Unfortunately, when a car or truck accident happens you do not have all the information you need to determine whether your crash was serious or not. You may feel fine only to develop symptoms later on. You may even be misdiagnosed by a doctor after your accident, adding to the confusion. For this reason, it is important to consult with a personal injury attorney and to carefully consider your position before making any decisions about a settlement or insurance offer.

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Chain reaction truck accidents in Miami and other South Florida communities occur when a trucking accident causes multiple other accidents. Because of the size of tractor trailers, tankers, and other commercial vehicles, chain reaction accidents are not uncommon in situations where a commercial vehicle is in a collision.

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Chain reaction accidents are especially deadly because they can involve multiple points of impact. This can mean passengers are impacted or jostled multiple times, increasing the risk of injury and complicating injuries already sustained. The force of the crash can also be greater with a chain reaction accident with multiple points of impact.

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Over the past few years, there has been much debate about the advantages and dangers of big trucks. Some experts in the trucking industry have sought to increase the maximum size of commercial trucks permitted on the nation’s roads, claiming more trucks is better economically, for the environment, and for safety.

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But can larger trucks really reduce the number of truck accidents in Miami and other cities across the nation? According to The Coalition Against Bigger Trucks (CABT), the answer is “no.” The advocacy group points out there are a number of safety dangers with larger tractor trailers, including:

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According to researchers – including Monica He of the University of Pennsylvania – there may be a strong link between national economic well-being and trucking accidents. Research suggests that during economic downturns and recessions, the overall  number of truck accidents declines. When the economy is rebuilding – such as currently – truck accidents increase again.

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According to researchers, part of the reason may have to do with the fact that when the economy is thriving, more goods are being delivered to stores and businesses. More businesses are ordering, more customers are buying, and there is greater need for transportation in general.

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A truck accident in South Florida or Hollywood can be terrifying. Being struck by a large vehicle will generally cause devastating car damages and may cause catastrophic injuries for you and your passengers. If you have been injured, you’ll want to do everything possible to hold onto your rights.

Unfortunately, insurance companies and attorneys representing the truck company may contact you right away. They may want you to give statements or to sign documents. Even your own insurance company may want you to sign documents.

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Highway and freeway accidents in Hollywood and South Florida are often deadly. Because highways mean higher speeds, any collisions on these roadways may lead to more serious injuries and crashes. In addition, highways often mean different vehicles sharing the same space, and if you’re in an accident with a big rig, tractor trailer, or other large commercial truck, the chances of your passenger car sustaining serious damage are considerable.

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Driving on a residential street is very different than driving on a highway or freeway. On a higher-speed road, small mistakes can lead to big accidents. Each year, people are involved in serious chain reaction accidents in Hollywood and South Florida because of one minor error made in a fraction of a second.

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Many of us call a tow truck if we’ve been an accident or if our car breaks down, but tow trucks can also be the cause of accidents. Tow truck accidents in Hollywood and South Florida can cause devastating injuries as well as significant property damage (especially if it’s your car on the back of the tow truck involved in the crash).

Tow trucks are large trucks designed to transport cars and other vehicles. They may be used to transport cars that are illegally parked, are no longer functional, or cars that are new and need to be moved from one place to another. There are many types of tow trucks, including a hook and chain truck (frequently used for towing illegally parked cars),  boom tow trucks, flatbed tow trucks (often used for transporting farming equipment, trucks, new cars, and other vehicles), integrated tow trucks, and wheel lift tow trucks.

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Truck drivers in Hollywood, Miami, and other communities in South Florida have a big responsibility: they need to deliver cargo safely and on time while taking steps to drive safely. Truck drivers often have to drive on unfamiliar roads and share the road with much smaller vehicles. In some cases, they need to drive on narrow city streets not designed for larger big rigs and tractor trailers.

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In order to get a commercial license, truck drivers need to undergo extensive training and testing to ensure they’re safe drivers. In fact, the extra training and screening mean truckers are among the safer motorists on our roads: statistics show that in most car-truck collisions, truck drivers are not at fault.

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When you see a commercial truck on the side of the road involved in an accident, you’re seeing someone who has had a workplace accident. For truck drivers, trucks are much more than just a way to get from point A to point B; they are their workplace.

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If you are truck driver and have been involved in a car accident or truck accident in Hollywood or South Florida, it’s important to get a qualified workplace injury attorney on your side. Unfortunately, you may be accused of causing the accident or you may find you have a hard time seeking compensation for your injuries. Many truck drivers work as independent contractors, meaning they may not qualify for workers’ compensation or the many other benefits and protections that traditional employees enjoy. Potentially, this may make it harder to secure fair insurance and compensation in the event of a collision.

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