Palm Beach Gardens Truck Accident Lawyer
There are millions of large trucks on the road every day all across the United States. These semi-trucks weigh more than ten times what a passenger vehicle does and are considerably larger. A passenger vehicle is no match for the force, weight, and size of a large truck. Accidents involving semi-trucks typically involve catastrophic injuries or fatalities. If you or a family member was injured in an accident involving a large truck, let our Palm Beach Gardens truck accident lawyers help.
At Smith, Ball & Baez Injury Lawyers, we have years of experience representing clients for injuries sustained in Florida large truck accidents. We are not afraid to stand up to these large trucking companies, even if it means taking your case to trial. Our top priority is to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Unsafe Trucking Industry Practices
Truck drivers and trucking companies are bound by numerous federal regulations that govern everything from pre-trip safety checks to how many hours drivers can be on the road. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for some trucking companies to cut corners to save time and money. The result is trucks on the road that have mechanical problems, inexperienced drivers, and/or pushed to exceed the maximum hours allowed.
Some of the unsafe trucking practices we see include:
- Distracted driving, including texting and eating;
- Not enough training for new drivers;
- Encouragement to break maximum allotted driving hours;
- Not loading trucks carefully and safely;
- Using over the counter drugs to stay awake longer than is safe; and
- Not driving safely in adverse weather conditions.
Given that many drivers receive payment by the load, companies are cutting corners and drivers looking for any means possible to stay awake longer and drive as quickly as possible. Truck drivers may be distracted more often than most drivers because they are eating and conducting business while on the road since they lose money when they stop.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Even in relatively minor accidents, we see a wide range of injuries. Some victims are fortunate to escape with only soft tissue injuries, but many others aren’t that lucky. Here are some of the more serious injuries we see in large truck accident cases:
- Back and neck injuries, including dislocated discs in the spine;
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis;
- Lacerations with heavy scarring;
- Internal injuries to the organs; and
How Our Palm Beach Gardens Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help
When you’re injured by a large truck, it’s crucial to retain a knowledgeable attorney who can help you build a strong case. At Smith, Ball & Baez Injury Lawyers, we understand what’s necessary to win personal injury claims. If we need to litigate your case, we aren’t afraid to take your case to trial.
We will start by conducting a thorough investigation and examine documents like the police report, witness statements, medical records, doctors’ notes, truck driver logbooks, company procedures manuals, vehicle damage, and more. We’ll also handle all the negotiations with the truck driver’s insurance and the trucking company’s representative.
If you need assistance pursuing a Palm Beach Gardens truck accident, contact Smith, Ball & Baez Injury Lawyers today to schedule an initial consultation. Let us put our years of personal injury experience to work for you and help you fight for the compensation you deserve.