Even though we use the term “accident,” most truck crashes aren’t accidents at all. Rather, driver negligence, equipment malfunction, environmental factors, or a mix of all of three directly cause the accident. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents in Florida are:
“Driver error” is an umbrella term we use to refer to a broad category of actions that are under the direct control of the truck driver. Driver error is the leading causing of truck accidents, including:
- Violations of FMCSA regulations
- Distracted driving
- Tired or fatigued driving
- Driving under the influence
- Aggressive driving
Occasionally the truck or trailer or other mechanical parts will fail and cause a wreck. These instances may not be attributable directly to driver error, but various parties can still he held negligent for:
- Manufacturing defects
- Improper truck maintenance
- Overloading cargo
- Improperly securing or loading cargo
Regardless of the root cause, truck accidents can wreak terrible destruction. Because of their size and their cargo, a semi-truck can cause serious damage on a crowded highway all by itself.
Both driver error and the different types of equipment malfunction can lead to huge and disastrous accidents. When trailers or cargo systems fail, nearby cars can get swept away by a jackknifing semi-truck or demolished by falling cargo. Inattentive or inexperienced truck drivers might lose control of their truck or take a curve too sharply and cause a rollover.
Get Help and Start to Recover
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in South Florida, you need to seek out an experienced Florida truck accident and injury lawyer who will guide you through the claims process.
The personal injury lawyers here at Personal Injury & Accident Law Center would love to speak to you about your case and tell you how we can help you get on the path to recovery. Call us today at (561)372-3800 to schedule a free case evaluation or fill out the confidential form below.