Truck Accidents in Pembroke PinesSituated near major population districts in Miami and Fort Lauderdale and alongside the regional freight corridor that links Miami to Interstate 4, the drivers in Pembroke Pines are accustomed to seeing commercial truck traffic in the area. Unfortunately, the size of commercial trucks—commonly known as semi-trucks or tractor-trailers—pose several hazards that, combined with human error, can result in serious or even deadly accidents. If a negligent truck driver injured you in Pembroke Pines, you can seek compensation for your injury's financial and psychological costs. Let a Pembroke Pines truck accident lawyer from Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA help you understand this process and the services we can provide to assist you with your claim. The Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA legal team is pleased with the results we have garnered for our clients, including these recent case results:
- $3.85 million for a client who suffered a brain injury due to a semi-truck accident.
- $3.2 million for a client suffering a brain injury after an accident involving a semi.
Table of Contents
- How Truck Accidents Occur in Pembroke Pines
- The Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents
- How a Lawyer Can Help With Your Truck Accident Claim
- Contact a Pembroke Pines Truck Accident Attorney
- Frequently Asked Questions
How Truck Accidents Occur in Pembroke PinesThere are countless ways that an individual can make an error that results in a traffic accident. However, when a trucker makes that error on a busy South Florida roadway, it most commonly results in injuries and deaths to the occupants of other vehicles. Commercial trucks generally weigh 20 to 30 times as much as a passenger car and measure about 72 feet long. Because of their size, semi-trucks are harder to maneuver, prone to tipping over, and require up to 40 percent more distance to stop than other vehicles. Here is a look at truck driver errors that commonly cause accidents in Pembroke Pines.
Driver FatigueTruck drivers delivering to Miami are right at the end of the line when they travel through Pembroke Pines, and they were often driving for many hours. Unfortunately, those hours on the road can lead to fatigue. Trucking industry regulations include Hours of Service rules that require drivers to take regular off-duty breaks. But according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)—the governmental agency that oversees the industry—around 13 percent of truck drivers in accidents report feeling tired at the time of the crash. Fatigue produces many similar effects as alcohol impairment, including slowed responses to emergencies and difficulty maintaining a single lane of travel.
Blind SpotsCommercial trucks have significant blind spots on all four sides of the vehicle. These are areas that the driver cannot see through their side-view mirrors. They are often called no-zones—with the federal government providing educational literature teaching drivers about the importance of avoiding lingering alongside a truck for too long, tailgating one, or cutting one off in traffic because the truck driver cannot see them. While avoiding lingering in a truck's blind spot is a good suggestion for avoiding an accident, the truck driver must clear their blind spots before merging, changing lanes, or backing up. In most cases, failing to do so spells liability for the truck driver and the company they work for.
Distracted DrivingDistracted driving is risky behavior for drivers of all types of vehicles, particularly one as large and difficult to maneuver as a semi-truck. Many external distractions exist when traveling through Pembroke Pines, including other people and vehicles, construction zones, and roadside accident scenes. Truck drivers also have several internal distractions, including adjusting GPS, electronic logs, and other equipment in their vehicle; eating, drinking, smoking; or even daydreaming through hours of boring terrain. However, there are few distractions as dangerous as texting, as it not only distracts the driver visually but causes them to take their hands from the wheel and focus on something other than the task of safe driving. The FMCSA forbids drivers from using handheld devices while driving, and Florida's laws also prohibit this behavior. Many drivers text while driving in violation of the law.
SpeedingIndividuals who drive commercial trucks must obtain commercial driver's licenses (CDL). This license requires that the driver currently has and maintains a clean driving record. Unfortunately, truck drivers are on delivery deadlines that often lead them to bend or break the rules, and one of the most common ways this happens is when they speed. Speeding refers not only to exceeding a posted speed limit but also to driving too fast for the weather or traffic conditions of the roadway. Speeding increases the risk of an accident by decreasing the time the truck driver has to recognize hazards on the roadway while also increasing the distance their vehicle's brakes need to bring such a heavy vehicle to a safe stop. Speeding also makes it difficult for other drivers to judge a safe gap in traffic in which to pull onto a roadway or enter a travel lane.
The Injuries Caused by Truck AccidentsDue to the size discrepancy between a commercial truck and other vehicles on the roadway, truck accident injuries are often severe. The term “catastrophic injury” refers to an injury that—simply due to the location on the body where it occurred—produces a high likelihood of resulting in permanent disabilities that will impair the sufferer's ability to earn an income. The most common catastrophic injuries are traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Other types of catastrophic injuries that can occur as a result of a truck accident include:
- Traumatic limb amputations.
- Severe damage to the spinal discs and vertebrae.
- Injuries that result in a loss of hearing or sight.
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Soft tissue injuries
- Burns due to hazardous chemicals