Truck accidents often lead to severe, catastrophic, and even fatal injuries. If you’ve suffered an injury resulting from a truck accident, it’s important for you to know that you’re not alone and that you can get help. Hiring a truck accident attorney and building your case can increase your chances of recovering compensation for your damages, and if necessary, winning a future lawsuit.
Here at the Zweben Law Group, we have more than two decades of experience in helping our clients. Our lawyers have the skill and experience necessary to build and present your case. Let’s look at some common causes of truck accidents, examples of injuries, things that could affect your settlement, and more.
What Are Some Causes of Truck Accidents?
While the specific type of truck could play a role, most truck crashes occur due to reckless, careless, or negligent behavior on the part of the trucker. This can include causes such as:
- Poor training
- Blind spots
- Unsafe turning
- Equipment failure
- Tire blow-out
It’s not uncommon for semi-trucks to get overloaded. This extra weight can throw off the truck’s balance and dramatically affect the time it takes for the driver to turn or brake. Overloaded trucks also run a much higher risk of rolling over.
As you’d imagine, alcohol and drug use, speeding, tailgating, not yielding to traffic, and improper lane changing can all end in collisions. Whatever the cause might be, the effects are often devastating, especially when smaller vehicles are involved.
What Are Some Examples of Truck Accident Injuries?
Besides obvious property damage, truck accidents can cause devastating injuries. While an injury from a typical car accident can be severe, accidents between a truck and a smaller motor vehicle tend to be far worse. While some drivers end up with only minor scrapes and bruises, others might suffer injuries such as:
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Burns (to both the body and face)
- Injured or torn ligaments
- Broken bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- TBIs (traumatic brain injuries)
Even if you don’t suffer a fatal injury, a truck accident injury could stay with you for the rest of your life. Beyond the physical aspects, victims often suffer from emotional trauma as well.
How Long Do You Have to File Suit?
Each state makes its own determination as to the statute of limitations for truck accident lawsuits. In Florida, you typically have a total of four years from the date of the accident to file your claim. That timetable starts from the moment you’re in the accident. If someone passed away as a result of a truck accident, however, you then have two years from the date that they died in order to file your claim since you’d be filing a wrongful death suit as opposed to a personal injury suit. It is always imperative that you contact an attorney to determine how much time you have to file your claim as there may be a shortened time frames depending on the specifics of your case.
What Could Affect a Settlement?
Some factors that could affect your settlement include negligence on the part of the truck driver, the extent of the damage the accident caused, and the severity of your injuries. As you’d expect, a large truck crash might result in a higher settlement than a minor wreck would, but an accident attorney will be able to determine the scope of your suit and seek appropriate compensation for your damages and injuries.
Zweben Law Group in Florida Can Help
Have you or a loved one suffered from the effects of a severe truck crash? Our attorneys know firsthand just how deadly truck accidents can be, and we’ve made it our mission to help those in need. We have more than 20 years of experience representing clients just like you.
Call Zweben Law Group in Stuart, Florida, at 772-223-5454 and get your free, no-obligation consultation today.
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