As millions of cars converge on roads and highways each day, it is up to every one of us to give our complete attention to the duty of driving and look out not only for our own safety and that of our passengers, but everyone else around us too. Truck drivers have an even larger task as they are responsible for driving a vehicle that is exponentially heavier than cars (consider that the average car weighs 4,000 pounds and an 18-wheeler may weigh 80,000 pounds). A crash with another truck or a car has the potential to be catastrophic for everyone involved.
Trucking accidents are further intensified when a semi or 18-wheeler (or any size truck) is carrying cargo that may be unsecured, and hazardous. Many of us have had the experience of gravel or small debris falling on our hood while on the road traveling behind a truck, or even having a windshield cracked, but in many cases, items falling out of a truck can cause a serious accident. The trucker may be considered negligent if this happens, along with the loading company, and/or the trucking company, but with the help of an experienced accident attorney from Heintz & Becker, you should receive fair compensation for any damages.
Trucks can wreak havoc on the road otherwise during blowouts, not only causing accidents or pileups as they may begin losing control of their truck, trailer, and load, but also as they leave a trail of large tire debris everywhere. It is up to them to practice extreme diligence in maintaining their trucks and the tires, which sustain a great deal of wear and tear. Unfortunately, like so many other drivers, truckers may also cause accidents due to distracted driving, entertaining themselves over long periods of time by talking on their phones and reading or sending texts, or even surfing the internet or fiddling with other electronics or recreational devices. Truck drivers may also be exhausted after many hours of travel, falling asleep at the wheel or traveling while overly drowsy, or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you or a loved one have been affected by a truck accident injury caused by the negligence of others contact Heintz & Becker today. Our attorneys have helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help, and if you cannot come to us, we will come to you.
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