Overturned Trucks And Rollover Accidents Can Be Extremely Dangerous
Residents of Tampa, Florida got a first-hand look at how dangerous and destructive large commercial truck accidents can earlier this month. According to a report1 published by The Tampa Bay Times, a dump truck overturned while traveling northbound on the Dale Mabry Highway at I-275 after clipping an overpass. The driver, 62-year-old Antonio Rodriguez had forgotten to lower the truck bed causing it to strike the overpass when he attempted to go underneath it. Rodriguez sustained minor injuries and is facing accusations of driving with a suspended license.
Rollover Accidents can be the Result of Driver Error
Rollover accidents are an extremely dangerous type of accident that occur when a truck rolls over onto its side or roof. When a truck rolls over, it is impossible to control, often resulting in multiple collisions other vehicles or objects. In order for people who are affected by rollover accidents to recover for their losses, they must be able to establish that the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness. In many instances, rollover accidents are caused by driver error. Some of the more common kinds of driver error that have the potential to result in rollover accidents include:
- Improper braking
- Taking turns too fast
- Ignoring high winds
- Poor weather conditions
- Failing to conduct a pre-trip inspection
- Under inflating tires
- Over inflating tires
- Improperly loading or securing cargo
- Distracted driving
After an accident, it is extremely important for victims to determine how and why the accident occurred. An experienced Florida truck accident attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of your accident and determine whether you have the right to file a legal claim. Among the kinds of evidence that your attorney may gather include cell phone records, truck maintenance records, eyewitness testimony, and medical records, just to name a few.
What Kinds of Injuries Occur in Rollover Accidents
Rollover accidents have the potential to cause serious bodily injuries to the drivers and occupants of other vehicles as well as truck drivers themselves. Some of the more common injuries sustained by rollover accident victims include:
Broken bones – Broken bones are an extremely painful injury that often occur in motor vehicle accidents. In some cases, a broken bone may take months to fully heal and may require that a person miss a significant amount of work, possibly resulting in lost income. In addition, broken bones may result in physical deformities or unsightly scarring that can significantly affect a person’s self-esteem and psychological health.
Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries2, or TBIs, happen when a bump or blow to a person’s head results in a disruption in normal brain function. A concussion is the most common example of a mild TBI and can often occur if a person’s head jerks back and forth with sufficient force. In some cases, a TBI may result in long-term disabilities that can keep people from working or living independently.
Soft-tissue injuries – Soft tissue injuries are injuries that affect tendons, ligaments, muscles, or any other soft tissue in the body. They can be extremely painful and may affect a person’s range of movement or mobility. In many cases, serious soft tissue injuries may require hospitalization and even surgery.
Contact a Clearwater truck accident lawyer today to schedule a free consultation
Anyone who has been injured in truck accident in Florida should talk to one of the experienced lawyers at the Dolman Law Group as soon as possible. Victims should be aware that legal claims based on truck accidents or other preventable accidents are subject to Florida’s strict statute of limitations, meaning that any delay could affect your ability to recover. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call the Dolman Law Group today at (727) 451-6900.
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