80,000 lbs. is the average weight of a commercial truck. The average weight of a sedan? 5,000 lbs. The difference in their weights alone explains why truck accidents are far more complex than most types of accidents, which is why they require a different kind of attention from accident attorneys. With massive and busy highways and interstates, especially here in South Florida, truck accidents are more common than you think.
Because trucks are very large and heavy vehicles, they result in substantial injuries when they collide with other vehicles — cars for example. Most commercial trucks, such as 18 wheelers, can cause devastating damage to vehicles, people and property in the blink of an eye even when they travel at slow speeds. In fact, the numbers show that car drivers are four times more likely to be injured/killed if involved in an accident with a truck. Many common injuries include broken bones, internal bleeding, permanent disfigurement and paralysis.
From our experiences in handling a large number of truck accident cases, we’ve found that understanding the relationships among the persons and entities connected to the truck, helps in determining who is at fault and whether one has a valid case. At the very least, experienced attorneys prove fault by doing the following:
Investigating the truck driver and the company that employed him/her. How the driver was hired and trained, the condition of the truck and the number of hours the driver worked can all help in assigning fault.
Requesting the driver qualification file (DQF) from the driver’s company. The DQF includes detailed information about the driver’s medical test results, history and driving records.
Collecting eye witness testimonies, reviewing police reports, examining the scene of the accident and examining the truck.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, and you feel you have a claim, be sure to choose an attorney who is meticulous, thoroughly understands the details of the laws and regulations that apply to truck accidents, has a track record showing success, and makes you feel comfortable and confident.