Lakeland Commercial Vehicle Accidents Lawyer
Although large commercial trucks play an important role in promoting interstate commerce, they also pose a very real risk to any others on the road. Weighing as much as 80,000 pounds, commercial vehicles often have large fuel tanks and carry potentially hazardous or otherwise dangerous cargo. Furthermore, because commercial vehicles are so much larger than standard passenger cars, collisions often involve more than one vehicle and can block multiple lanes of traffic, making collisions especially dangerous.
Fortunately, it is possible for motorists who are involved in collisions with commercial vehicles, to recover compensation from the at-fault parties who caused their crash, so if you were recently injured in a collision with a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, please contact an experienced Lakeland commercial vehicle accidents lawyer who can help protect your interests.
Types of Commercial Trucks
There are number of different types of commercial vehicles, all of which use public roads and highways on a daily basis, but the most common include:
- Flatbed trucks, which have an open trailer and are used primarily for transporting large, odd-shaped cargo that won’t fit inside a closed trailer like lumber, construction equipment, and large rocks;
- Dump trucks, which are used primarily to transport loose materials like dirt, gravel, and sand;
- Tanker trucks, which carry liquids, such as gas and oil; and
- Semi-trucks, which are the most common type of commercial vehicle on the road.
The types of accidents for which commercial vehicles are at risk depends in large part on the kind of truck in question. For instance, because they have no roofs or sides, flatbed trucks are much more likely to be involved in collisions because of improper loading procedures. Tanker trucks, on the other hand, typically carry flammable liquids and so are more likely to result in explosions upon impact. Finally, semi-trucks, with their high center of gravity, are more likely to be involved in rollover collisions.
Common Accident Causes
Regardless of the specific type of truck involved in a collision, most truck accidents can be linked to one or more of the following causes:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Driving while under the influence;
- Speeding or driving aggressively;
- Mechanical failure;
- Cargo spills; or
- Distracted driving.
This type of conduct can cause a number of different types of accidents, including rollovers, jackknife crashes, rear-end collisions, underride accidents, and multi-car pile-ups, all of which can result in devastating injuries for the occupants of smaller vehicles.
Truck accidents tend to cause extremely severe, and even catastrophic injuries, making it especially important for truck accident victims to attempt to recover compensation for their losses from the at-fault individuals or entities who caused their collisions. Potentially liable parties include truck drivers, vehicle parts manufacturers, trucking companies, other drivers, mechanics, and even government agencies. For help determining the cause of your own truck accident, please contact our legal team today.
Experienced Lakeland Truck Accident Lawyers
To learn more about your chances of recovery following a truck accident, please schedule an appointment with an experienced Lakeland truck accident lawyer by contacting us at Pawlowski // Mastrilli Law Group today.