Articles Tagged with truck crashes

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During the Halloween season, car drivers and parents are cautioned to be extra cautious about trick-or-treaters and the risk of pedestrian accidents on October 31. However, keep in mind that even during the day of the 31st, you need to be concerned about more than candy and car drivers. Truck accidents can be a concern on Halloween, too.

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On the evening of October 31, trucks are generally not to be found around residential areas. Many deliveries are over by the time Halloween trick or treating starts. However, truck accidents in Hollywood and south Florida can still be a concern at this time of year for three main reasons:

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Do you believe these misconceptions about truck collisions?:

Myth: Truck drivers don’t have to worry about being in a collision, because they are protected in the cab.

Fact: Passenger car drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists are most at risk in a trucking collision because they are protected by fewer layers. However, truck drivers need to think about safety, too. The impact of the collision can cause them to get thrown around the inside of the cab or even clear of the vehicle, which can lead to life-threatening injury. Anything in the cab can become a projectile in the event of a crash, causing serious injury to the driver. If the big rig, tanker, or truck rolls over, the truck driver can be seriously hurt. In addition, if the cargo is hazardous, a collision can cause a spill or fire which can cause serious injury to the driver.

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About 30% of all fatal accidents involving teen drivers in 2014 involved speeding. Speeding is a serious problem for teen drivers and their parents.  Speed-related crashes can result in serious injuries and even fatalities and preventing these collisions can be tricky.

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Teens may speed from peer pressure or out of curiosity. They may associate speeding with their favorite movies or stars. No matter why it happens, it can be deadly. On highways, especially, teens are sharing the road with trucks and truck drivers cannot stop in the time to avoid a collision when other drivers are speeding. In a truck collision involving speeding, your teen’s life is danger, because the impact of the crash is likely to cause fatal injuries.

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Many people have misconceptions about trucking accidents, and unfortunately some of these myths can impact their ability to share the road safely with larger vehicles. Do you believe any of these myths?:

Myth: There’s nothing I can do to stop truck crashes.

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In many ways, elderly drivers are safer. Statistically, they are more likely to use seat belts and less likely to engage in aggressive driving or drunk driving. However, medical issues which can occur with senior years can affect driving ability and can make elderly motorists vulnerable to truck crashes in Hollywood and other communities.

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If you have a senior relative or friend, there are things you can do to help them drive more safely:

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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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Being in a serious truck accident can be physically and mentally devastating. It’s not unusual to suffer nightmares, sleep disorders and emotional upheaval after this type of collision in Homestead or your community. In addition, people who have been in a Hollywood truck accident may experience long-term and even permanent injury, such as brain injury, spinal cord trauma, lacerations, amputations, burns and other injuries.

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Financial distress is another outcome of many truck collisions in South Florida. If you have been injured in a truck crash, you may lose time at work and therefore lose income. If your injuries are long-term or permanent, you may be facing lost future income opportunities. In addition, the medical expenses of been seriously injured can easily add up to tens of thousands of dollars or more. If you’re permanently injured, long-term care and treatment can easily add up to in excess of one million dollars. The cost of replacing lost property or fixing a damaged car as well as incidental costs can quickly add up.

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If you have been a truck collision in Hollywood, you need to protect yourself. Whether you realize it or not, you are at risk and vulnerable, especially when it comes to your health and your finances.

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There are several ways you can reduce the risk:

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Truck crashes in Homestead and other cities can happen in an instant. One minute, you may be driving on a highway and the next you are involved in a serious collision. Timing can impact truck collisions and claims in other ways, too. Specifically, time is important when you file your claim and when you decide to proceed with your claim.

Filing Quickly is Important

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Being involved in a truck accident in Homestead or any South Florida community is a serious legal, financial and health concern. A truck accident, due to the size and force of the tanker, tractor-trailer, big rig or other commercial vehicle, can affect every part of your life for years to come.

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This is not a situation you want to handle by yourself. In fact, one of the first calls you will want to make as soon as you’re able to get to a phone is to a truck accident attorney in Homestead or your community. There many reasons why these types of accidents are simply too complex to take on yourself:

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