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Truck accident victims face steep medical bills and could experience debilitating injuries as a result of the collision.
A truck accident lawyer can help you seek compensation for the losses and hardships caused by a truck-related auto accident.
Learn how the lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau can help crash victims throughout Daytona Beach and Palm Coast, FL...
What to Do After a Truck Accident Steps Crash Survivors Should Take
Remain at the Accident SceneDo not leave the scene of the truck accident. If you are able, you should move out of traffic and away from potential harm.
Call for HelpImmediately call 911 to contact the police as well as emergency medical personnel if they are required.
Exchange InformationExchange information with the other driver, including your contact and insurance details. This information is crucial to filing an accident claim.
Document the Truck CrashTake photos and videos of the truck accident and collision site. These can be used to support your claim in or out of court.
Do Not Admit FaultDo not apologize or admit fault while at the scene of the truck accident. This implied culpability can be used against you.
Contact a Truck Accident AttorneyIt's crucial to speak with a truck accident lawyer to explore potential legal options and get the litigation process underway.
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Chanfrau & Chanfrau has helped accident victims and their families in the Daytona Beach and Palm Coast area since 1976. Our team of attorneys have more than 90 years in legal practice combined, and can help hold trucking companies and other parties liable if their actions contributed to a collision.
If you or a loved one has been in a collision with a large truck, contact our law offices online. You can also request a complimentary consultation with an attorney by phone.
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Types of Truck Accidents
Truck accident cases can involve different kinds of crashes. Below are some of the most common kinds of collisions related to tractor-trailers and other large trucks.
A jackknife accident is when a tractor-trailer's brakes lock up. When this occurs, the trailer can skid, swinging out to a 90-degree angle from the cab. Jackknife collisions can lead to deadly multi-vehicle crashes.
A rollover crash is when a large truck tips over onto its side or roof. Contributing factors to these types of crashes include excess speed, steep inclines and declines, or top-heavy loads. A jackknife incident can also contribute to a large truck rollover.
A truck needs more time than a car to come to a complete stop. When traveling at highway speeds, this can result in a rear-end crash with a vehicle ahead of it. Wet roads and poor traction can contribute to these kinds of crashes as well.
When a passenger vehicle rear ends a semi-truck, the vehicle may slide underneath the back of the trailer. This is known as an underride accident, and could be potentially fatal. Underride crashes can also involve passenger vehicles hitting a trailer from the side.
Side Impact Collisions
Side impacts with a large truck can take two forms. A sideswipe is when the sides of two vehicles traveling in the same direction make contact with one another. A T-bone crash is when the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle.
Many collisions with big rigs occur on undivided two-lane highways. A number of these crashes involve head-on collisions. The amount of force generated from these kinds of accidents can be tremendous and potentially fatal.
Legal Help After a Commercial Vehicle Collision Contact Our Truck Accident Attorneys
The aftermath of a large truck collision can be devastating. Injuries may have long-term effects on your quality of life and livelihood. The loss of a loved one can lead to emotional and financial hardships that last for many years. That's why the truck accident lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau are here to help.
Serving the Daytona Beach and Palm Coast, FL, area for more than four decades, our truck accident attorneys will help you seek damages to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other setbacks related to the auto accident. We will not be intimidated by corporations or insurance companies.
Get the information you need to pursue legal damages. Contact our law firm online for a free legal consultation. You can also reach our team by phone. We want to hear from you.
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Common Causes of Truck Accidents Commercial vehicle crashes are often the result of:
Driving a commercial truck involves a great deal of responsibility. The weight and size of these vehicles pose significant risks to other motorists. If a truck driver does not receive proper training to safely operate a commercial truck, it can result in a truck accident that could have been prevented.
Improper Vehicle Maintenance
Commercial vehicles need to undergo regular maintenance to ensure proper safety on the road. Worn tires, faulty brakes or brake systems, and other mechanical defects can result in longer stopping distances or a runaway truck. Since trucks already require significant room to maneuver and make full stops, improper vehicle maintenance can be deadly.
Fatigue or Sleep Deprivation
Truck drivers travel great distances each day. Even with mandated rests and breaks, truck drivers may be drowsy behind the wheel, making accidents more likely. Sleep-deprived or poorly rested truck drivers pose a significant danger to other drivers.
If a truck or trailer is overloaded or improperly loaded, it can increase the vehicle's normal stopping distance. In addition, the issues with cargo can alter the commercial vehicle's center of gravity, or place excessive stress on the structure of the vehicle itself.
Driving Under the Influence
Drivers of commercial trucks are strictly forbidden from consuming alcohol or using drugs while operating their vehicle. Despite strict laws on intoxicated driving by operators of commercial vehicles, some truckers do their job while under the influence.
Negligence or Inattentiveness
Despite their significant responsibility, many truck drivers fail to demonstrate due diligence that is required of the job, which can lead to catastrophic injuries and death. When a truck driver is distracted, they are more likely to miss vehicles in their side mirrors or even changes in road conditions just ahead of them.
Establishing Liability Identifying the At-Fault Party
To file a personal injury claim, our truck accident lawyers must first conduct an investigation of the commercial truck accident. This process will typically involve:
- Reviewing the police report about the trucking accident
- Talking with accident witnesses and taking statements
- Consulting with forensics and accident reconstruction experts
Using our professional knowledge from decades in the field and in legal practice, we can ascertain the circumstances surrounding the truck accident. Through our investigation, we can determine the cause of the collision, establish negligence, and outline the liable parties. On these grounds, we can file a civil suit in court.
Wrongful Death Claims Fatal Truck Accident Cases
If your loved one was killed as a result of a truck driver's negligence, our law offices in Daytona Beach and Palm Coast can file a wrongful death claim. Chanfrau & Chanfrau can help your family recover damages for loss of income, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and emotional distress. Our truck accident attorneys are committed to aiding surviving loved ones of accident victims.
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