Trucks, by their very size are a danger on roadways in Miami Florida. Drivers must know how to manage the cumbersome size and specialized controls in a tractor trailer to enable safe operation. The crowded Miami highways, bridges and overpasses are a big factor for dangerous truck encounters and why the state makes the list of those with higher numbers of truck accidents out of the over 500,000 that occur each year. Every 16 minutes a person is injured or killed from a truck accident and most of the time the truck accident is caused by a passenger vehicle. Fault may fall on a truck driver depending on actions taken by them during their travels. Some actions that occur that cause traffic problems and accidents include:
- Swinging turns cause truck accidents as a large truck moves to the left before making a right turn. If there are other vehicles in the truck’s path as it swings outward to navigate the turn are in danger of being hit by the truck unless the driver can react in time and has observed the other vehicles in the surrounding traffic.
- Inability to brake due to weight of truck or increased cargo load. Short stopping distances are unlikely for a large truck so they must follow at a safe distance, and be mindful of the weight changes of their cargo.
- Tire blowouts often occur in the Summer months when the weather is hot and long driving occurs with heavy cargo loads. The blowouts can be caused by underinflation, overloading, potholes or bad roadway conditions, and a lapse in maintenance. Each case will shift fault based on these factors and may play a part in who pays accident damages.
- Driver training is always a factor. If drivers are not aware of routes that facilitate height and weight of a tractor trailer, they can inadvertently end up in situations where the size of their vehicle becomes a danger to themselves, other drivers and the road, bridge or tunnel structures. An example of this occurred in the beginning of this year in Miami where possible structural damage to I 395 was caused by a truck.
- Overloaded cargo, improperly loading and cargo that is not secure can lead to jack knife conditions, rollovers and cargo spills. The instability of the cargo load through shifting or the weight can lead to accidents and is taken into consideration if legal action is taken.
What should I do if I am involved in a truck accident in Miami Florida?
- Check on the condition of the people involved in the accident;
- Call the police or emergency responders if needed;
- Get a written accident report;
- Remain at the accident scene;
- Exchange driver and insurance information;
- Get witness contact information;
- Call your insurance company to set up a claim;
- Seek out medical treatment if necessary;
- Take pictures of the scene, and the vehicle damages;
- If the truck is a Commercial Vehicle, get State Trooper report;
- Call an accident attorney to determine “fault” and actions toward a proceeding to address damages and injuries sustained.
Data supporting claim.
A legal professional can assist with the burden of collecting and analyzing the data related to a truck accident which is very important because the determination of fault may be based on police reports, witness reports, car damages, roadway marks and other factors present at the time of the accident. Florida Motorist Compliance mandates that all owned and registered motor vehicles are insured. The reason for this is to make sure people involved in automobile accidents can be compensated for their injuries and damages.
Seek legal counsel.
Seeking effective legal counsel who have experience in truck accident cases is in your best interests to get the proper attention to your case, and damages to your individual situation. Please contact the Law Offices of Orlando R. Murillo for a consultation to see if you have a claim for damages.
Orlando R Murillo P.A.
7350 SW 89th Street, Toscano Building
Miami, Florida 33156