Orlando Truck Accident Attorneys

The massive size of commercial trucks makes them incredibly dangerous. When a large commercial vehicle gets into an accident with a much smaller passenger vehicle, the damages can be catastrophic. Commercial vehicles way up to 80,000 pounds, while the average passenger car weighs only 3,000 pounds. If a commercial truck impacts a passenger vehicle, it’s unlikely that the accident will be minor. 

With severe accidents, there are severe injuries, and with severe injuries come high medical bills and other debts. To ensure that you get the most possible compensation for your claim, Osborne and Francis Law Firm is here to help. Contact us at 561-293-2600 or online at our Orlando office.

Our talented team of experienced truck accident attorneys have been advocating for accident victims for years—and we’re eager to help you just as we’ve helped other clients.

Causes of Truck Accidents and Potential Liable Parties

Unlike with car accidents, truck accidents can be caused by multiple different parties, including the driver. Depending on what the cause of the accident is, we can then determine who the liable party or parties are.

Potential liable parties for truck accidents and how they cause accidents include:

The Truck Driver

  • Distracted driving is a common cause of any type of motor vehicle accident. But when a commercial semi-truck driver is distracted, they can pose a serious risk to everyone on the road.
  • Drunk or high driving is unfortunately all too common among drivers of tractor-trailer trucks. Truckers have quotas to meet and may resort to using drugs such as amphetamines to stay awake, which affects their ability to drive safely.
  • Speeding is another cause of truck accidents that result from trucker negligence. When a semitruck driver is too eager to finish a route, they may drive over a safe speed limit and put other vehicles on the road in danger.

Trucking Company

  • Overscheduling drivers past legal limits causes truckers to become fatigued, which is a dangerous state for driving massive semi-trucks and tractor-trailer vehicles.
  • Not checking and replacing recalled parts
  • Hiring inexperienced drivers
  • Not drug testing drivers
  • Insufficient maintenance done on vehicles that are owned by the company is a common cause of truck accidents that can easily be avoided by trucking companies doing their due diligence. This type of negligence on the part of the truck company may make them liable for injuries caused in a truck accident.

Rental Company

  • Not properly maintaining vehicles
  • Not replacing recalled parts

Loading Company

  • Unsecured cargo can result in debris falling into the road or else a lost load that puts drivers at risk for an accident. Companies that load trucks must take great care to ensure that the cargo is properly secured. If they don't, the loading company may be held liable for injuries caused by a lost load truck accident.
  • Improper load distribution can lead to falling debris or rollovers

Manufacturer

  • Defective parts, such as brakes, are a leading cause of truck accidents across the US. Manufacturers must be diligent about checking the quality of their products or else by held liable for an Orlando truck accident caused by defective products.

Injuries Associated with Truck Accidents

In 2020, approximately 4,000 people died in large truck accidents. 68% of those deaths were occupants of cars, while 16% were vulnerable road users such as bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. In 2018, there were approximately 112,000 accidents that resulted in injuries and 414,000 that resulted in property damage only. And unfortunately, the outlook isn’t great for Florida drivers, as 30% of truck accidents occur in Florida, Texas, and California. 

Out of the 112,000 injury accidents, people suffered injuries such as: 

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord and back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Amputation
  • Burns
  • Lacerations

As is the case with severe injuries, many of these parties likely sustained more than one injury type. For example, a person may end up with multiple broken bones or some lacerations and a head injury. Unfortunately, this only puts more stress on the victim, usually resulting in a larger decrease in their quality of life.

Types of Evidence Used in Truck Accident Cases

To prove that a party has acted with negligence and caused an accident (therefore causing your injuries), we have to collect the necessary evidence. There are lots of different types of evidence that we can use in truck accident cases. It’s up to us to gather evidence and prove that the party that hit you was at fault, but there are some things you can do to help, as well. 

Types of evidence include:

  • Pictures and videos taken by you or witnesses
  • Videos from dash cams or security cameras
  • Expert witnesses, such as a medical professional or trucking specialist
  • Accident reconstruction 
  • Police reports
  • Witness statements
  • Medical records and bills
  • Black box data
  • Scheduling documents
  • Maintenance records

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How Much Compensation Will I Receive for My Damages?

The amount of compensation that victims receive varies greatly and cannot be estimated until we’ve reviewed your case in full. However, there are some factors that play a large part in determining this amount, including:

  • How severe your injuries are
  • Whether or not you’ll need long-term medical treatment
  • The amount of insurance coverage available
  • How much the accident has changed your quality of life
  • Whether you settle or go to trial

Further, you can expect to recover damages in the following categories: 

Economic damages, such as:

  • Medical bills (past and future) 
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Home modification (for wheelchair or other medical equipment) 

Non-economic damages, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Disability
  • Loss of consortium

You may also receive further compensation in the form of punitive damages. Punitive damages are used to further punish the at-fault party, usually in cases where gross negligence has occurred. If a trucking company has continued to cause accidents for over-scheduling employees, they may be deducted further for punitive damages to dissuade them from continuing to do so in the future. 

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Contact Osborne and Francis if You’ve Been Involved in a Truck Accident

If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a truck accident, we’re here to help. We know how stressful the lawsuit process can be, but we’re here to take the burden off your back and help as much as we can. To learn more or to schedule a free case evaluation, contact our Orlando office online or call us at 561-293-2600.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much compensation will I receive for my Orlando truck accident?

The amount of compensation that truck accident victims receive is dependent on the severity of injuries, medical costs, available insurance coverages, and other factors. The only way to accurately estimate the value of a personal injury claim is by working with experienced truck accident attorneys to review details about your case. Contact Osborne & Francis today for a free case evaluation.

How will my personal injury attorney prove that my injuries were caused by a truck accident?

Your truck accident attorney will review photos and video taken by you or witnesses, along with available dash cam or security camera footage, witness testimonies, police reports, and medical records. These forms of evidence are used to prove that the at-fault party not only acted negligently but also caused a truck accident that led to your injuries.

Were my injuries caused by a truck accident?

Truck accidents are very common in Florida and often result in severe injuries, including injuries to the brain, head, neck, and spine, along with bone breaks and fractures, burns, lacerations, amputation, or death. If you were involved in a truck accident in Orlando, you need to seek medical attention right away to evaluate and treat any injuries you may have sustained in addition to documenting injuries and the truck accident as the cause of your injuries.

What should I do after a truck accident?

The first thing you should do after a truck accident is call 911 to dispatch a police officer and emergency medical services. This will ensure that anyone injured is treated immediately and that the truck accident will be documented in a police report. You should then take photos and video of injuries, vehicles involved, and the accident scene, if possible. Additionally, take down notes of your account while the memories are still fresh along with contact information for witnesses and involved drivers and passengers. Once you leave the accident scene, seek medical attention immediately to treat injuries and be evaluated for any injuries that may not be visible or noticeable. Be sure that the medical staff is aware that any injuries you've suffered were caused by a truck accident so that they can document this in your records. Finally, keep track of all important reports and records and contact a truck accident attorney to discuss whether you should file a personal injury claim. Osborne & Francis is ready and able to advocate for you in seeking compensation for damages you incurred due to someone else's negligence. Contact our Orlando office today for a free case consultation.