Boca Raton Truck Accident Attorneys

Large truck accidents are known for the devastation and destruction that they cause, often leaving people with severe injuries that require months or years of recovery time. Because of the size difference between cars and semi-trucks, the injuries, medical bills, and overall damages are often magnified.

Victims often require visits from multiple doctors and specialists depending on the type of injury they’ve incurred. To prevent lasting pain, many truck accident victims usually require physical therapy and surgery. Meanwhile, all these things prevent a person from working and paying their bills.

That's why these cases need to be handled by an attorney that has specific experience with truck accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident in Boca Raton, please contact us online or at 561-293-2600.

Common Types Of Truck Accidents

Like with car accidents, there are a variety of different types of truck accidents. Depending on the type of accident, more or less damage may be caused. Types of truck accidents include: 

  • Jackknife accidents. When a truck driver makes an improper turn or braking maneuver, they can cause the truck to “jackknife”, meaning that the tractor folds inwards against the tractor, forming a shape akin to a folding jackknife or an upside down V. 
  • Rollover accidents. Rollovers are the most dangerous types of truck accidents, as they can crush passenger vehicles in their wake. These accidents occur because of too-fast turns or improper loading. 
  • Rear-end accidents. While rear-end accidents can be minor in two passenger vehicle accidents, rear-end accidents involving a semi-truck are almost always severe because of the stark size difference. Rear-end accidents occur when a driver is following too closely or not paying attention because of distraction, impairment, or exhaustion. 
  • Head-on collisions. A head-on collision is exactly like it sounds: when a truck driver collides head-on with the front of a passenger vehicle. These collisions are often deadly, even at low speeds. These accidents may occur if a driver is impaired or fatigued and therefore driving on the wrong side of the road. 
  • Wide turn accidents. A wide-turn accident occurs when a driver takes too wide of a turn, hitting the person on the opposite side of their vehicle. These accidents can lead to crushing injuries.
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Common Causes of Truck Accident

Truck accidents are caused by negligence. Negligence is defined as a breach to the duty of care drivers owe to each other on the road. With truck accidents, it’s more than that–as parties other than the driver can cause accidents. For example, a trucking company may overschedule a driver, making them fatigued or exhausted. If this causes an accident, the trucking company is also liable, as they’ve also breached the duty that they owe to those driving alongside their employees. 

Common causes of truck accidents include: 

  • Driver negligence. Driving while under the influence, fatigued or exhausted driving, reckless driving, speeding, road rage, following too closely, improper turns, unsafe lane changes.
  • Employer negligence. Overscheduling drivers, not performing drug tests, hiring inexperienced drivers, not properly maintaining trucks.
  • Loader negligence. Not properly loading vehicles, overloading or underloading vehicles.
  • Renter negligence. Not properly maintaining vehicles they rent out to trucking companies, not replacing recalled parts.
  • Manufacturer negligence. Not recalling defective parts, not properly testing parts to check for potential malfunctions.

What To Do After A Truck Accident

It’s alright (and normal) to feel an abundance of stress and even panic after being involved in a truck accident. Adrenaline is high, and it can feel difficult to make decisions or take action. However, it’s imperative that you fight through the stress and panic and accomplish as many of these steps (or have a friend help you) as possible. After a truck accident, you should do the following if you’re able to stay at the scene. If you need to seek immediate medical attention, do so. 

  1. Call the police to start the process of filing a police report. A police report is an integral part of your claim’s documentation and can help provide solid evidence in your favor. 
  2. Take photos and videos of the scene. Make sure you take pictures of your vehicle, the truck, and the surrounding area. Skid marks and other environmental changes can tell a much larger story. You should also notate any security cameras or surrounding businesses that may have security cameras. This will help with streamlining the process later in your case. 
  3. Talk to witnesses while you’re waiting for the police to arrive and gather their contact information. Encourage them to stick around and speak to the police if they can. 
  4. Once you’ve spoken to the police and shared your side of the story, you’ll need to seek immediate medical attention. From the scene, you should go immediately to the hospital to receive treatment. 
  5. Contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible and before you speak with the insurance companies. Doing so will ensure that you don’t make any mistakes. For example, insurance companies may try to get you to sign documents agreeing not to file a lawsuit in exchange for a small settlement. Once you’ve hired an attorney, they’ll speak to the insurance company on your behalf. 

What Type Of Damages Can I Receive From Semi Truck Accident Claim?

Truck accidents are costly, resulting in high upfront costs and future costs for long term care. We understand that these costs are a huge stresser for truck accident victims, but we’re here to help. While we can’t give you an estimate of the total compensation you’ll receive without reviewing your case, we can educate you on the types of damages you can recover. It may be more than you think. 

You can receive compensation for economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. Economic damages cover things like medical bills (for doctors visits, ER or hospital visits, surgery costs, physical therapy, specialists, and more), past and future lost wages, in-home care, durable medical equipment (like wheelchairs or other mobility aids), costs for altering your home for wheelchairs and other equipment you may need, and more. 

Non-economic damages cover losses that don’t have an associated monetary value, such as loss of earning capacity, scarring and disfigurement, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and disability. 

Punitive damages aren’t always given out, but they’re used as a way to further damage the at-fault party. For example, if this is the second time a trucking company has been at-fault for an accident, they’ll award you punitive damages as a way to punish the company and dissuade them from making the same mistakes again in the future.

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There are approximately 107,000 large trucks involved in accidents in 2020, with 4,842 large trucks involved in fatal crashes. While we wish no one ever had to employ our services, clearly truck accidents are a problem in the state of Florida. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Boca Raton, Florida, please contact our talented team of truck accident attorneys as soon as possible to schedule a free case evaluation. You can contact us online or at 561-293-2600

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