It is vital to take basic steps to protect yourself when you are driving. One simple thing you can do every time you drive is to ensure that you are wearing your seatbelt, especially when you’re in the front of the car. Seatbelts significantly decrease the risk of fetal injuries in the event of a crash, while forgoing a seatbelt while in a car can increase your risk of death in a car accident by as high as 45%. Thousands of drivers in Florida experience severe or fatal accidents annually due to their failure to wear seatbelts.
The danger of not wearing your seatbelt is compounded when a truck or other large vehicle is involved in the crash. Large commercial vehicles like trucks are on the road to transport heavy items over long distances. That means that trucks can become difficult to maneuver in emergency situations, preventing truck drivers from turning or stopping suddenly due to the weight of their vehicle and cargo. Additionally, truck drivers are under extreme pressure to spend long hours on the road, as they need to meet delivery deadlines. This can lead to exhaustion and impaired judgment on the roads. Tired drivers are more likely to make mistakes when driving, increasing the likelihood of accidents. A recent news article discussed a fatal Florida car and truck accident.
According to the news article, the accident occurred when a fully loaded semi-truck collided with a passenger vehicle in an Ocala intersection on Wednesday, February 22. Ocala Police officers responded to the crash. A witness stated that the semi-truck had a red light when it started blasting its air horn and proceeded into the intersection. The passenger vehicle had already begun to cross when the semi-truck tried to avoid a collision. The front of the semi-truck struck the car door and pushed it sideways into the median. According to authorities, the female driver of the passenger vehicle was trauma-alerted to a local hospital, where she passed away from her injuries.
A number of different parties can be held liable following a truck accident. The different parties include but are not limited to the truck driver, the trucking company, the vehicle, part manufacturers, or even the loading company. Each party plays a different role in the build-up to an accident. It is important to explore all the possibilities to make sure that you receive the full amount of compensation that you deserve.
Have You Been Injured in a Florida Truck Accident?
If you or someone you love has been injured or died in a Florida car or truck accident, let the attorneys at Friedman Rodman Frank & Estrada fight to help you recover the damages you deserve. Expenses and injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident can quickly become overwhelming, and having an experienced roster of accident attorneys by your side can make a world of difference in the compensation you receive. Our experienced Florida attorneys have successfully represented injury victims at every stage of their claims, ensuring that they obtain the damages that they deserve. With our team, you can have faith that your claim is being pursued properly by lawyers that know Florida law. If you have questions about your case, call us today at 877-448-8585 and schedule a free and no-obligation initial consultation with a Florida injury lawyer at our office.