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Every vehicle accident may lead to life-threatening or even fatal injuries. However, collisions involving large commercial trucks may often be especially dangerous because of the sheer size and force of the truck together with the little protection afforded to those in passenger vehicles, and nonexistent protection afforded to motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Miami, you should call the experienced Miami truck accident injury attorneys from Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 today for a free consultation. If we are not able to win your case, you will not owe us anything.
FLORIDA TRUCK ACCIDENT STATISTICS
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), Miami-Dade County experienced 65,143 total vehicle crashes in 2019, near the three year average of 65,252 crashes per year. Of these vehicle crashes, there were 298 total fatalities and 31,698 total injuries in 2019. Meanwhile, 8,689 of these crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). Twenty-seven people passed away while 1,428 people were injured in crashes with commercial motor vehicles in Miami-Dade County in 2019. Each of these statistics is near the three-year average of 8,706 CMV crashes, 24 fatalities, and 1,396 injuries per year. While every case is different, a skilled truck accident injury lawyer in Miami may be able to use his or her experience to help you seek any compensation you may be entitled to.
COMMON TYPES OF MIAMI TRUCK ACCIDENTS
Miami truck accidents may be caused by a variety of reasons, such as speeding, fatigued driving, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In addition to varying causes for truck accidents, there are various types of large truck accidents, such as:
Rollover accidents may be especially common in accidents involving large semi trucks, often when the truck’s trailer becomes unbalanced. A rollover accident may often occur because of high winds or if a truck goes around a curve at unsafe speeds.
Semi trucks and commercial motor vehicles (CMV) are often very difficult to slow or stop suddenly. As a result, rear-end collisions may happen frequently, especially if the truck driver is not properly paying attention to surroundings and the roadway in front of the truck, such as in case a traffic light turns red and traffic in front of the truck suddenly stops.
In some accidents, the truck’s cab may turn so sharply that it essentially “folds” against the trailer, such that the cab is alongside the trailer facing the rear of the trailer. This type of accident may often occur when a semi truck engages its brakes too suddenly or when the driver brakes too hard.
Because of their size and the trailers they are towing, semi trucks typically have to make wide turns, especially in the case of particularly sharp turns. As a result, the truck may cause a head-on collision with any vehicle that happens to be in the other lane the truck needs to use when making that wide turn.
Meanwhile, a large truck may strike the side of a vehicle, or “sideswipe” it, when the other vehicle is driving in the truck’s blind spot and the truck attempts to change lanes. Even if the truck does not sideswipe the car, it may often force the driver of the other vehicle off the road or to stop suddenly, which may cause the vehicle to be rear-ended by a third vehicle.
Mechanical Failures or Defects
In some trucking accidents, the accident may have been caused by an external factor, such as the truck’s braking system failing or a tire blowing out.
COMMON TRUCK ACCIDENT INJURIES IN MIAMI
Unfortunately, accidents involving commercial motor vehicles in Miami often result in serious, catastrophic, or even fatal injuries. Because of the size and force of these large trucks, the resulting injuries from a collision may often take you months or even years to recover from, while some injuries may be permanent. Often, the nature and severity of your injuries may depend on a variety of factors, including the nature of the accident as well as whether you were wearing your seatbelt at the time of the crash. Fortunately, you may be able to focus on recovering from your injuries while your Miami truck accident injury lawyer focuses on handling your claim and helping you pursue any compensation you may be entitled to after your accident.
Common injuries suffered in Miami truck accidents may often include:
Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI), are common injuries in trucking accidents, given the sheer force of the impact caused by a collision with a commercial motor vehicle. Traumatic brain injuries may range from mild to severe. Even mild TBIs significantly impacting your daily life negatively, potentially causing symptoms such as memory loss, impaired motor skills, poor coordination, slurred speech, or other symptoms. Meanwhile, severe TBIs may often prevent you from working and causing crippling symptoms, or such injuries may even be fatal in some cases, especially if severe TBIs are not immediately diagnosed and treated.
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Neck and Back Injuries
Along with spinal injuries, you may suffer serious neck or back injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Perhaps the most common neck injury you may receive in many vehicle crashes, including trucking accidents, is whiplash, especially if you were rear-ended by a large truck. These injuries may often have long-lasting effects, including chronic pain, an inability to maintain the same workload you were able to perform before the accident, or other negative effects.
Spinal cord injuries may also occur in a trucking accident, often as a result of your body being thrown around in the crash. These injuries may include milder injuries such as thoracic or lumbar strains, or more severe injuries such as a severed spinal cord. Depending on the severity of the spinal cord injuries, they could lead to chronic pain, temporary or permanent paralysis, or even death in the most severe cases.
With the force of trucking accidents, broken bones are especially common, as your body is not designed to be able to withstand the force and impact your body may generally experience in an accident with a large truck. Depending on the nature of the accident, a victim may suffer broken bones in their face, arms, ribs, or legs. Broken ribs may be especially dangerous in many cases, as a broken rib may lead to potentially life-threatening internal injuries such as punctured or lacerated organs.
Internal injuries may also be common in trucking accidents as the force of the impact, especially if broken bones are suffered, may cause an injury to your organs, such as a punctured lung or spleen. Internal injuries, including internal bleeding, may often be difficult to identify right after an accident. Your adrenaline or shock may make it more difficult to notice the symptoms of internal injuries. Unlike external injuries that are often readily apparent, such as a broken bone or even internal soft-tissue damage such as muscle or tendon damage, internal injuries may be more likely to appear as symptoms of these other injuries. However, without immediate diagnosis and treatment, these internal injuries may be life-threatening or even fatal.
Unfortunately, in many cases, a victim of an accident involving a large semi truck may suffer fatal injuries, especially if the victim is in a much smaller passenger vehicle or is a motorcyclist or pedestrian with little if any protection against a collision with a large truck. If your loved one was killed in an accident with a large truck in Miami, you should contact an experienced truck accident injury attorney in Miami as soon as possible after the accident.
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FEDERAL REGULATIONS APPLICABLE TO COMMERCIAL TRUCKS IN MIAMI
Most commercial motor vehicles are subject to federal regulations and rules issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA was created by Congress in 2000 and is responsible for oversight of commercial motor vehicles, buses, or other types of motor carrier vehicles across the United States. As part of this authority, the FMCSA has issued several regulations that truck drivers must follow, such as:
- A commercial truck or bus driver may not drive more than 11 hours per day and may not work for a total of more than 14 hours.
- Large trucks must not exceed certain speeds while on certain types of roads.
- Truck drivers must also maintain an accurate log of mileage and where they drove that day.
- Commercial motor vehicles and tractor-trailers must be properly maintained and inspected according to FMCSA regulations.
- Any defects or issues identified in an inspection of the truck or trailer must be repaired and corrected before the truck is driven again.
Any violation of applicable FMCSA regulations may often lead to a trucking accident. Your truck accident injury lawyer in Miami may use any evidence that the truck driver or trucking company failed to comply with applicable regulations as evidence to support your claim that the driver or trucking company may be liable for your injuries suffered in the accident.
CONSULT THE MIAMI TRUCK ACCIDENT INJURY ATTORNEYS AT ZINDA LAW GROUP TODAY
At Zinda Law Group, our truck accident attorneys may be able to help you file a claim seeking compensation after your trucking accident in Miami. The truck accident injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group have years of experience helping our clients pursue the maximum compensation they may be entitled to after being injured by the negligent actions of a truck driver, trucking company, or others that may have been responsible for your trucking accident.
Call (800) 863-5312 today for a free consultation with one of our experienced Miami personal injury lawyers. You will not pay anything unless we can win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.