Can I Sue If I Am Injured In a Semi-Truck Rollover Accident?
On any given day, there are thousands of semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles operating on Florida roads and highways. These vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and often travel at speeds of 70 miles per hour, making them capable of causing tremendous damage when they are involved in collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that about 104,000 people were injured in accidents involving large trucks in 2012.1 Fortunately for people who are injured in truck accidents, Florida tort law often allows victims to recover financial compensation for losses that result from a preventable accident.
Tractor-trailers and rollover accidents
Because trucks have a higher center of gravity than most passenger vehicles, they are more prone to rollover accidents. Rollover accidents occur when a truck or other vehicle rolls over onto its side or its roof, resulting in a complete loss of control. There are a variety of reasons that a truck may rollover, many of which could indicate legal negligence on a number of potential parties. An experienced Florida truck accident lawyer can investigate your case and determine whether and against whom you may be able to file a legal claim.
Common causes of rollover accidents
Some of the most common causes of rollover accidents include the following:
- Truck driver error – Driver error contributes to a significant percentage of rollover accidents. Common errors that lead to these accidents include speeding, improper braking, failure to account for poor weather conditions, and distracted driving.
- Improper cargo loading – When a truck’s cargo is improperly loaded, it can create issues with balance that may make a truck unstable. In addition, cargo that is not properly secured can shift during travel causing similar issues. In many cases, the party responsible for loading the cargo may be distinct from the trucking company or the owner of the cargo.
- Defective trucks or trucking equipment – In some cases, rollover accidents are caused by defectively manufactured or designed trucks or trucking equipment. In these cases, victims may be able to recover by filing a product liability claim against the appropriate party or parties.
Of course, there are other reasons a truck may rollover, and it is important that victims have the circumstances of their case reviewed by a semi truck accident lawyer in order to maximize their chances of recovery.
What injuries are commonly associated with rollover accidents?
The forces involved in a rollover accident can be tremendous. Consequently, people who are involved in rollover accidents often sustain serious injuries. In some of these cases, victims can develop long-term medical complications that may prevent them from working or even require assistance in performing daily activities.
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Dislocated joints
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)2
- Crush injuries
- Accidental amputations
- Neurological injuries
- Compound fractures
The damages available in a truck accident case can include compensation for medical expenses, lost income, damage to property, and emotional trauma, among others. Victims should avoid making statements to any insurance companies or other interested parties without first discussing their situation with an experienced attorney.
Contact a Clearwater personal injury lawyer today to schedule a free consultation
If you have been affected by a semi-truck rollover accident in the Clearwater area, you should contact the Dolman law group as soon as possible. Our attorneys are skilled personal injury advocates who are dedicated to getting each client we represent the maximum compensation available under the law. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (727) 451-6900 or fill out our online contact form.Google+