Without 18-wheelers and other large trucks, our country would likely fall apart. That being said, these large vehicles are just as capable of getting into serious crashes as smaller types. As it so happens, their size and shape make them particularly susceptible to a range of accident forms not generally seen among non-commercial vehicles, many of which are frequently fatal. If you or a loved one sustained injuries from an 18-wheeler, please read on, then contact an experienced Port St. Lucie truck accident lawyer to learn what you should know about 18-wheeler accidents in Florida.
How do 18-wheeler accidents happen in Florida?
As alluded to above, 18-wheelers are uniquely capable of injuring or killing those driving in other cars. Because of their size and dimensions, they are subject to the following accident types:
- Rollovers or tip-overs: When the truck takes a turn too sharply, is unevenly loaded or encounters unfavorable weather conditions, there is the risk it will topple and crush or collide with other vehicles.
- Jackknife: When the truck driver brakes suddenly, he or she may cause the trailer to swing to a ninety-degree angle, potentially swiping other motor vehicles in the process.
- Underride accidents: Frequently fatal, another vehicle rear-ends a truck, which may have braked suddenly or without sufficient warning, and gets stuck under the trailer.
- Head-on collisions: By driving the wrong way on a one-way road or while driving on the wrong side of the road, the truck driver risks colliding with the front end of other vehicles.
- Rear-end accidents: Owing to their size and weight, trucks take longer to come to a full stop and so, if the motorist driving in front of the truck brakes when the truck driver is unprepared for it, he or she risks a rear-end collision.
In many instances, the truck driver is not the only party responsible for your or your loved one’s injuries. Please contact a skilled Port St. Lucie auto accident lawyer to discuss who you can file suit against and how to proceed.
Who can you file suit against for 18-wheeler accidents in Florida?
Depending on your circumstances, you may file suit against any or all of the following parties:
- Truck drivers
- Truck company employees
- Truck company employers
- Those who supplied defective truck parts
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