Interstate 10 brings thousands of tons of shipped goods through our area every day, and even Highway 231 or SR 79 can see heavy trucking traffic, which sometimes results in accidents, injury, or even death.
While most drivers are instinctively wary of large trucks, and go out of their way to avoid driving near larger vehicles, accidents involving trucks and smaller vehicles are an all too common sight on Panama City’s news stations. In fact, trucking accidents account for a significant share of fatalities on the road. And while professional truck drivers may be backed by powerful companies, the lawyers at Manuel & Thompson are ready and able to help accident victims, or the families of wrongful death victims, pursue compensation if they have been injured in a collision with a semi-truck or tractor-trailer.
At the firm of Manuel & Thompson, we have the experience and resources to negotiate fair and just settlements. Our personal injury attorneys have achieved significant verdicts and settlements for victims of trucking accidents in Florida. Contact the truck accident lawyers at our Panama City law office today for a case evaluation.
- Why Contact Our Truck Accident Lawyers?
- Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
- Potential Truck Accident Defendants
- Rollover and Jackknifing Trucking Accidents
- Contact Our Truck Accident Lawyers
Why Contact Our Truck Accident Lawyers?
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Administration show that most of us will be involved in at least one car accident, motorcycle accident, or truck accident during our lifetime, but the tremendous difference in size and weight between passenger vehicles and large trucks often results in trucking accident victims suffering catastrophic personal injuries.
Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits relating to trucking accidents involve a complicated canon of laws and require a large amount of evidence. Because the trucking industry is heavily regulated, a truck accident case is significantly more complex than an automobile accident case and may require the expertise of an experienced attorney. If you have been injured and would like our truck accident lawyers to review your claim, contact one of our offices, in Panama City, Marianna, or Bonifay, to discuss your accident, or to arrange a consultation.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Common causes of tractor-trailers and semi-truck accidents often include:
- Driver error — speeding, unsafe passing, failure to yield, following too closely, etc.
- Poor driving conditions — poor visibility, diminished traction, etc.
- Vehicle defects — defective tires, safety systems, lights, etc.
- Inexperienced or poorly-trained drivers
- Overloaded or oversized trucks
- Intoxication — driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Overworked drivers — fatigued, sleepy, or tired as a result of long hours or deadline pressure
Potential Truck Accident Defendants
To ensure victims of trucking accidents obtain the maximum compensation for damages and injuries, our truck accident lawyers will identify as many potential defendants as possible. Parties that may be held liable and be obligated to compensate victims include:
- Truck drivers
- Trucking companies
- Insurance companies
If a truck driver is employed by a trucking or shipping company, the company may be held liable for the trucking accident. Establishing the liability of third parties can be difficult if, as is often the case, the driver is an independent contractor of a larger company. In that situation, it is important to have experienced truck accident lawyers on your side. If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, contact Manuel & Thompson to schedule a case evaluation with our team.
Rollover and Jackknifing Trucking Accidents
During a semi-truck or tractor-trailer accident, the truck may jackknife or rollover. Trucking rollover accidents typically occur at exit and entrance ramps when a driver misjudges the sharpness of a ramp curve and enters it at an excessive speed. Jackknifing refers to the dangerous situation when a truck skids, causing the trailer to swing out to one side forming an angle (resembling how the blade of a jackknife forms an angle with its protective handle). If a truck jackknifes with any speed, there is a high likelihood of a rollover accident.
While jackknifing can be caused by slippery road conditions, often jackknife trucking accidents are the result of truck driver negligence. If you have been injured in a rollover or jackknifing accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Contact Our Truck Accident Lawyers
Trucking accidents often have a devastating effect on the lives of victims and their families. Victims of trucking accidents may be entitled to compensation for any resulting physical, emotional, or financial losses suffered. Because it is always difficult to put a dollar value on the catastrophic injuries and emotional distress caused by a trucking accident, it is important for victims to retain experienced representation. The lawyers at Manuel & Thompson have the experience, and are eager to fight for fair and just compensation. Victims may be entitled to compensation for: medical expenses, property damage, lost income, diminished earning capacity, emotional distress, as well as pain and suffering. It is imperative that victims of trucking accidents know their rights. If you have been involved in a truck accident, call us today, at 1-800-832-7225, or (850) 785-5555.