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Decision Puts Money Ahead of Safety Warns Boca Truck Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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A proposed rule to reduce the number of dangerous truck drivers has been stopped by the Trump administration says Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

The Trump Administration, in its efforts to create a more business-friendly federal government, has made a decision that could result in more deaths and serious injuries caused in commercial truck accidents. A planned regulation would’ve required truck drivers be screened for sleep apnea, which if untreated could result in fatigued or drowsy drivers. Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne says without the regulation the chances of a truck accident caused by a fatigued and distracted driver increase.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) announced earlier this month a regulation requiring testing of train engineers and truck drivers for sleep apnea proposed by the Obama administration will not be pursued, reports the Associated Press (AP). The disorder causes temporary heart stoppages while the person sleeps, waking him or her up several times a night. In the morning the person is fatigued and easily distracted because of the lack of quality sleep. Train engineers and truck drivers with sleep apnea have been blamed for deadly train crashes in New York City and New Jersey and several highway crashes.

The FMCSA stated trucking companies will decide whether or not to test drivers. This is but one of hundreds of regulations that have been withdrawn or delayed by the administration. It claims reduced regulations will result in economic growth. Former FRA administer Sarah Feinberg was quoted by the AP as saying,

“It’s very hard to argue that people aren’t being put at risk…We cannot have someone who is in that condition operating either a train going 70 mph or operating a multi-ton truck traveling down the interstate. It’s just not an appropriate level of risk to be exposing passengers and the traveling public to.”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated it was disappointed the proposed rule is being dropped. The agency stated sleep apnea has been found to be the probable cause of ten highway and rail accidents it has investigated in the past 17 years. It’s also suspected in a number of ongoing investigations.

More than a quarter (28%) of commercial truck drivers have mild to severe sleep apnea according to a study sponsored by the FMCSA and the American Transportation Research Institute of the American Trucking Associations.

The FMCSA states that untreated sleep apnea affects alertness and performance. It can make it difficult for drivers to stay awake, focus their eyes and react when driving. Studies have shown that those with the condition have a greater risk of being involved in a fatigue-related motor vehicle accident. Even though a driver with untreated sleep apnea may not fall asleep behind the wheel if he or she is fatigued enough to be distracted or inattentive that may be enough to cause an accident.

FMCSA regulations state a person with a diagnosis of a condition likely to interfere with their ability to drive safely cannot be medically qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. If a driver is diagnosed with sleep apnea and successfully treated he or she can be medically cleared to drive again.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused in a commercial truck accident, contact Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Driving a Truck a Dangerous Job Says Boca Truck Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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What makes truck driving dangerous creates dangers for all of us on the roads says Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Driving a commercial truck has recently ranked as one of the most dangerous jobs you could have. The problem for the rest of is what makes that job dangerous makes it dangerous for us too. If a driver suffers an injury or fatality on the job it can impact everyone else driving near him or her says Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Driving a truck is listed by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics as one of the most dangerous civilian jobs reports CBS News. That job is listed as the seventh deadliest job, with 24.3 deaths per 100,000 drivers. The most dangerous job is logging at 132.7 deaths per 100,000 workers.

Driving a commercial truck is dangerous for many reasons,

  • Truck drivers operate day and night, seven days a week, in all weather and road conditions. The need to make deliveries makes many truckers take to the road when most of us would stay home.
  • Road conditions may be bad because of poor maintenance, poorly signed construction zones and high traffic volumes. As more vehicles pack a roadway, the more likely someone will make a mistake, cause an accident and someone will get hurt. If it’s the truck driver making the mistake, given the size of the truck there’s a good chance another driver or vehicle occupant will be hurt in an accident.
  • The desire to reach a destination may cause the driver to speed or remain driving instead of complying with federal regulations and taking a break. Excess speed cuts down on the time a truck driver can react to conditions and it amplifies driver mistakes. A speeding truck may not be able to avoid an obstacle like a vehicle slowing down due to heavy traffic. Fatigue often leads to distractions and a driver can doze off behind the wheel and control of the vehicle can greatly be diminished or lost completely.
  • Because of the lack of proper parking for commercial trucks, drivers may not be able to find safe, legal parking, forcing them to drive when they should be pulled over and taking a break or getting some sleep.
  • Drivers may suffer injuries on the job which could be a distraction from driving. Sitting for long stretches or working to load or unload trucks can cause a number of injuries, including back problems.
  • Trucks and trailers may be poorly maintained and as a result difficult to control. Mechanical failures can result in a serious accident, especially at highway speeds.
  • Trailers that aren’t properly loaded or loaded beyond their capacity can result in poor braking, difficult handling and possible jackknifing.

All these situations and conditions can increase the chances of a truck accident leading to a driver being injured or killed. Since commercial trucks don’t operate is isolation but are often surrounded by other motorists, sometimes at high speeds, when a truck accident happens potentially several other vehicles could be involved as well, injuring or killing others.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused in a commercial truck accident, contact Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Truckers May Skimp on Insurance Says Boca Truck Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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The federal government’s failure to increase commercial trucking insurance coverage helps unsafe trucking companies says Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Commercial trucking companies, like individual car owners in Florida, must carry liability insurance. Trucking companies’ insurance is covered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which decided in June not to increase coverage minimums which have been in place for 32 years. This potentially leaves commercial truck accident victims holding the financial bag in case of a serious accident warns Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

The federal government was in the process of requiring increased coverage, from $1 million to $3.2 million per accident, when the Trump Administration applied the brakes. The justifications for the increase are spelled out in a 2014 Congressional report which states the current coverage levels don’t adequately cover catastrophic crashes because of increasing medical costs. That report states,

  • If minimum coverage levels kept pace with the rate of medical care inflation by 2013 minimum levels would have increased to about $3.2 million.
  • When catastrophic accidents and critical injuries occur the costs of property damage, injuries and fatalities can easily exceed the $1 million minimum level of coverage.
  • Since 1985, when the current minimum level was set, the purchasing power of the coverage has decreased making insurance coverage less relevant over time.

If a trucking company is found liable in a truck accident case, it’s carrying only the required minimum coverage, but the damages are more than $1 million the company may need to sell its assets to cover the verdict, potentially forcing it out of business. If there aren’t enough assets to cover the verdict a successful plaintiff may be unable to fully collect a damages award.

The official reason for stopping the process was that the agency “has determined that it has insufficient data or information to support moving forward with a rulemaking proposal, at this time,” but there’s no indication it will actually try to get the additional information FMSCA claims it needs.

Not only does this harm motorists but also responsible trucking companies who are more concerned about safety than those who are trying to make the most money while risking the safety of others.

  • Higher limits would result in all trucking companies putting more attention on compliance with safety rules and driver safety because insurance carriers when underwriting these policies would hold trucking companies to higher standards.
  • With lower insurance premiums there’s less need for better compliance and those skimping on safety can charge less and successfully bid more often on hauling contracts.

Depending on the circumstance of a truck accident several parties may have played a role in causing it and there may be multiple insurance policies that could apply. Those injured in commercial truck accidents should contact an attorney as soon as possible so an investigation can take place, responsible parties can be uncovered and they can be held accountable.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused in a commercial truck accident, contact Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Rollover Accidents Often Fatal Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Rollover accidents are relatively rare but cause more than a third of all fatalities in passenger vehicle accidents says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Rollover accidents are dangerous incidents that have a higher fatality rate than other types of crashes. These truck and car accidents can happen with any type of vehicle but became widely known in the 1980’s when SUV’s often equipped with defective tires were involved in a number of accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a rollover in South Florida Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne may be able to help.

An example of this type of accident occurred in West Palm Beach last month. It seriously injured a Fort Lauderdale firefighter, Sauvens “Vince” Castelly, who was seriously injured last month when his vehicle was struck by another, sending his car into a tree and the car rolled over onto its side, according to NBC6. His union started a GoFundMe page to help support Castelly and his family. It states that because of his injuries he needed a pacemaker, suffered multiple broken bones and will need two spinal surgeries.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that of the nearly 9.1 million passenger car, SUV, pickup and van accidents in 2010, only 2.1% involved a rollover but those accidents caused nearly 35% of all deaths in passenger vehicle crashes. In 2010 more than 7,600 people were killed in rollovers and most of them (69%) weren’t wearing seatbelts.

Rollover accidents are “complex crash incidents” according to NHTSA and they can be particularly violent. The agency states the type of vehicle plays a significant role in causing the crash and other factors include the driver’s behavior, road and environmental conditions.

  • Vehicle type: Those with higher centers of gravity such as those that are taller and more narrow like SUV’s, pickups and vans are more likely to rollover if they’re involved in a single vehicle accident.
  • Speed: Fatal rollover crashes are more likely to involve fast moving vehicles. About 40% of fatal rollovers involved excess speed. Nearly three-quarters of rollovers causing fatalities happened where the speed limit was at least 55 miles per hour.
  • Alcohol: Nearly half of all fatal rollover crashes involve alcohol use by the driver.
  • Location: Rural roads, which are often undivided and lacking barriers are more likely to be the location of a deadly rollover. About three-quarters of fatal rollovers take place in rural areas where the speed limit is normally at least 55 miles per hour.
  • Routine driving: More than 90% of vehicles involved in fatal, single vehicle rollover accidents were engaged in routine driving maneuvers (going straight or negotiating a curve) at the time of the crash. NHTSA states this suggests that driver behavior (distraction, inattentiveness, speeding and impaired driving) can be a significant cause of rollover crashes.
  • Single vehicle crashes: Nearly 85% of rollover-related deaths are caused in single-vehicle crashes. Since most of these crashes and fatalities don’t involve other vehicles it appears driver behavior plays a significant role in rollover crashes.

NHTSA states that 95% of single vehicle rollovers accidents are “tripped” which happens when the vehicle leaves the roadway, slides sideways, digs its tires into soft soil or strikes an object like a curb or guardrail causing it to trip over. The rest of the rollovers mostly happen with top-heavy vehicles, often travelling at high speed and the driver tries to steer clear of a hazard of accident, causing the vehicle to roll over.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused in a rollover accident, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Traffic Jams Can be Dangerous Warns Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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If drivers don’t pay attention serious accidents can result if traffic backs up but drivers don’t stop in time says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Traffic jams can slow us down, upset our schedules and force us to be late for appointments. As annoying and time wasting as they are, traffic jams can also be the scenes of serious accidents, not only because they’re caused by accidents, but because the backups themselves may lead to accidents. Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne says drivers not paying attention often lead to secondary accidents in traffic jams.

According to Nationwide Insurance,

  • There are four million miles of public roadways in the US, enough to circle the Earth about 160 times.
  • US drivers collectively drive about three trillion miles each year.
  • Traffic jams lead to the waste of about 1.9 billion gallons of gas each year, cost each US driver about $713 annually and the average urban commuter spends 34 hours a year stuck in traffic congestion.

The top causes of traffic jams are,

  • Bottlenecks – 40%,
  • Traffic accidents – 25%,
  • Bad weather – 15%,
  • Work zones – 10%,
  • Poor traffic signaling/timing – 5%, and
  • Special events – 5%.

From 1980 to 1999, the number of highway miles increased by 1.5% while the number of miles traveled by drivers increased by 76% according to The Hartford insurance company. Because of this imbalance there are more traffic jams and more car accidents. This isn’t just a problem for major cities. The Federal Highway Administration reports that traffic delays are becoming more common in small cities and some rural areas as well.

The Brookings Institute doesn’t see traffic congestion as a problem, but the solution to our basic mobility problem: too many people want to move at the same times each day. The efficient operation of our economy and school systems require that people work, go to school and run errands at about the same time so they can interact with each other. That can’t be changed without crippling our economy and society. The same problem exists all over the world.

Because of Florida’s rapid growth over the years, highways and roads have been built and expanded. But they don’t keep up with the demand and better, less congested roads and highways encourage more growth and development, resulting in more drivers getting behind the wheel and clogging Florida’s streets and freeways.

These traffic jams are more than a waste of time, they are potential threats to your health. A 24-year-old St. Augustine woman was killed last month in St. Johns when her car was crushed between two tractor-trailer trucks, reports the St. Augustine Record. She was driving south on I-95 when traffic started slowing ahead of her but the commercial truck behind her failed to slow down, rear ending her car. The truck then pushed her car into the back of another truck in front of her.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused in congested traffic, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Commercial Trucks Can Hit & Run Too Says Boca Truck Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Orlando resident just one of many killed in tractor-trailer hit and run accidents says Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

If you imagine yourself getting involved in a hit and run accident, you may think about a speeding car driven by a teen distracted by a smart phone or a car driven by someone who had too many drinks after work. As hazardous as those kinds of situation can be, it could be far worse if that out of control vehicle is a tractor-trailer says Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Such a situation turned out to be fatal for a 71 year old Orlando resident who was killed on U.S. Highway 192 outside of St. Cloud last month, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, reports the Sun Sentinel. Troopers reported the tractor-trailer turned in front of a sedan heading east. The front of the car hit the side of the tractor-trailer and the truck driver never stopped. The truck and trailer were later located by police.

The man driving the car, whose identity wasn’t released, died at the scene. An Osceola County deputy recognized the tractor-trailer when he saw it at a gas station in the St. Cloud area. The deputy followed the tractor-trailer until troopers could pull over the driver. The newspaper reported the Florida Highway Patrol was collecting evidence and talking to a person of interest, added personal injury lawyer Osborne.

Commercial truck hit and run accidents are not uncommon.

  • Also last month a man died after a tractor-trailer slammed into his car then kept going near the entrance of the George Washington Bridge in New York City, reports WPIX. He was in the car with two passengers on the westbound Cross Bronx Expressway at the time of the accident. The driver was later stopped at a rest stop in New Jersey.
  • Another semi-truck truck struck and killed a pedestrian in Brooklyn, New York, in January. She was crossing a street when she was hit by the truck, according to the New York Post. Police later located the driver and were investigating if the driver was aware the pedestrian was struck.
  • A pedestrian was killed in Fort Lauderdale in a hit and run accident involving a tractor-trailer in 2014, reports the Sun Sentinel. David Howard Richter was struck along the 2000 block of West Sunrise Boulevard as the truck driver exited Interstate 95 to go westbound on Sunrise Boulevard.

Why would a commercial truck driver leave the scene of an accident?

  • The driver may not realize an accident happened. A truck driver may not have known a pedestrian was struck by a part of the truck or trailer. The driver may also be too fatigued or impaired by drugs or alcohol to know what’s going on.
  • A truck driver may have his or her commercial driver’s license suspended, revoked or canceled if he or she is at fault in an accident, depending on the facts of the situation and prior traffic violations or arrests. Such a driver may want to flee the scene in hopes of maintaining his or her ability to drive and earn an income.

No matter why the truck left the accident, if you or a loved one suffered an injury caused in a hit and run accident involving a tractor-trailer, contact Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Overpass Scene of Several Accidents Says Boca Truck Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Truck drivers don’t slow down after getting off I-95 and fail to obey signs, causing accidents says Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

 Earlier this month a tragedy took place in Boca Raton. A tow truck driver, while trying to secure a crashed tractor trailer, fell 30 feet to his death from an Interstate 95 overpass. The tractor trailer overturned at an exit ramp notorious for truck accidents. Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne says often these types of accidents are caused by negligent truck drivers.

There have been at least six major wrecks in the past five years near the Peninsula Corp. Drive overpass that leads to Congress Avenue in Boca Raton, reports the Sun Sentinel. According to the article,

“Drivers just aren’t slowing down when they leave the interstate,” (Florida Department of Transportation) FDOT Public Information Director Barbara Kelleher said…. “They’re not adhering to the signs and pavement markings or slowing down to make the turns safely.”

The truck left southbound I-95 when it failed to turn right, struck a concrete center median, veered left and overturned on its right side, resting on the bridge wall.

Richard Randolph, 69, from West Boca, who worked for Emerald Towing in Pompano Beach, went to the scene where he stepped over the bridge wall, onto a concrete maintenance platform on the outside of the overpass before falling off the edge of the overpass. It’s believed he was trying to secure the trailer. Randolph planned to retire in November when he turned 70 and move with his wife Judy to northern Florida. The two have ten children and 23 grandchildren.

The truck driver, Adrian Figueredo of Miami, was evaluated at the scene but not taken to the hospital. He was cited for fatigue, driving beyond the eleven hour limit in a fourteen hour period mandated for commercial truck drivers as well as failing to negotiate a right turn.

In August of last year a tractor trailer broke through the concrete barrier on the overpass and its cab hung above motorists traveling on I-95. The driver stated he thought he was entering an express lane, not an off-ramp, and was traveling about 65 mph at the time of the accident, reports WPTV.

Last March a tractor trailer crash occurred on Congress Avenue, closing the entrance ramps to I-95 in both directions for several hours, according to WPTV. Police reported the semi truck rear-ended a sedan as it was exiting southbound I-95 sending the sedan across a median. The truck hit the wall near the I-95 entrance ramp, preventing it from falling over the edge. The truck driver was cited for careless driving along with logbook and commercial driver’s license violations.

FDOT plans to paint lane pavement with “exit lane only” messages and turn arrows by this summer. Signs will also be posted warning drivers to slow down; they are approaching a stoplight and the turn onto Peninsula Corp. Drive. Though signs can help prevent accidents they won’t do any good if truck drivers aren’t too tired to notice them or obey them.

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury caused by an accident involving a tractor trailer, contact Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Fewer Regs, More Unsafe Trucks? Asks Boca Truck Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Will more dangerous roads make America great again? asks Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne. Doubtful is the answer.

President Trump has emphasized he wants to eliminate barriers, including many regulations, to businesses growing and hiring more workers. The repeal of what the trucking industry sees as needless, government overreach in the form of regulations may mean the difference between life and death on the roads. Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne warns drivers more dangerous roads may be coming to Florida. If you are interested in more reading on this topic read Boca Truck Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne Says Large Trucks Cause Serious Injuries.

Regulations can cost businesses money and impede their productivity. But getting rid of regulations doesn’t eliminate costs; it just shifts or changes them.

  • A trucking company may have lower operating costs but not if, as a result behavior or equipment changes due to the repeal of a regulation, an accident occurs.
  • That could cause injuries, deaths and economic losses to the accident victims (potentially including the truck driver), higher insurance costs to the trucking company and lost productivity because a truck (and the driver too) are off the road for a period of time.

The trucking industry was very happy in December when Republican Congress members effectively blocked the Obama administration’s safety rules aimed at keeping tired truckers off the highway. Now that the White House has a new resident, more deregulation is expected to follow.

Congress suspended regulations issued by the prior administration mandating drivers take two nights off to rest if they take only the minimum break before starting a new workweek. Drivers for companies operating on a seven day schedule can work up to 80 hours in a workweek through a combination of driving and other responsibilities, like loading and unloading, according to the Los Angeles Times1.

Changing federal laws and regulations isn’t enough for the American Trucking Association. They plan on having a federal law limit the states’ ability to regulate the industry passed while Republicans control the White House and Congress.

This new law would prevent state laws from requiring additional rest breaks for truckers beyond what federal rules require. The association says one, less burdensome, uniform national rule on work hours for interstate truckers would be better and those extra breaks helping to keep drivers awake and alert really aren’t necessary for safety.

Normally Republicans see the federal government as too large and powerful and that more power should be given to state and local governments. Whether that will change in this instance, we don’t know yet.

Safety advocates fear this may just be the beginning of a broad rollback of transportation safety regulations since there’s no longer a traditionally consumer-friendly Democratic president to check the actions of traditionally business-friendly Republican lawmakers, says Osborne Boca Raton personal injury lawyer.

You may see on the roads longer, heavier, potentially more dangerous tractor-trailers if the industry gets its way. Shippers and the trucking industry will probably lobby for their long-sought goals of increasing the weight limit on trucks to more than 90,000 pounds (10,000 pounds more than current standards) and increasing the length of individual trailers in double-trailer combinations from 28 feet to 33 feet (resulting in tandem trailers being 63 feet long, ten feet longer than current standards).

Though heavier, longer trucks would be more difficult to maneuver, accelerate and stop, making them more dangerous the industry claims if they can put more cargo on each truck, the number of trucks will go down and with less trucks the chances of an accident should decrease. With bigger trucks come less costs and fewer trucks need fewer drivers which would help an industry short of tens of thousands of drivers.

If the trucking industry gets its way they look forward to lower costs and higher revenue and drivers on Florida roads can look forward to more dangerous commercial trucks on the road with them. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury caused by an accident involving a tractor trailer, contact Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

 

 

Footnotes:

1                  Los Angeles Times                  http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-truckers-safety-20161208-story.html

 

Cuidado! Says Boca Truck Accident Lawyer, When in the Presence of Semi Trucks

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For those not fluent in Spanish, cuidado means to be careful, and that’s how you should drive when around an 18-wheeler says Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

For Florida residents or anyone who has ever taken a trip with the family to Disney World, you must know the abundance of tractor-trailers that find themselves on Florida’s highways. I know as a driver I find myself trying to keep my distance from those big trucks the second I spot one. Trucks, however, are hardly ever seen anywhere other than an Interstate but unfortunately Florida “ranks 7th among states in total lane miles” according to the Federal Highway Administration, reports Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

It might not seem too bad that Florida ranks 7th but to put that statistic in perspective key data also says the state is the 26th largest in square miles. Truck accident attorney Osborne warns drivers to proceed with caution and make sure they find the proper legal assistance if they find themselves on the wrong end of a collision with these road bound behemoths.

Since the average tractor-trailer weighs around 80,000 pounds an encounter with a truck has a higher probability of leading to a death in a collision. More times than not it’s the driver in the smaller vehicle that pays the price. It is also a fact that with the high chance of death in a tractor-trailer accident involving a semi truck there is also a larger sum of money available for compensation says Boca Raton truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

A study conducted by Car Insurance Comparison recognized Florida’s flaws within its highway system. They viewed it as having the 2nd most dangerous highways among the 50 other states by calculating the number of highway deaths per 1000 highway miles driven as well as its lack of federal funding, to name a few. A good reason for Florida’s high death toll would be simply because of its plentiful population of tractor-trailers.

Sadly, the state of Florida finds itself just behind the massive states of Texas, and California with the 3rd most fatal crashes in the country according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Truck accident attorney Joe Osborne stresses “cuidado” or to be careful and to drive defensively around 18-wheelers because you have the most to lose.

If you or a family member have been injured in a truck accident due to a negligent driver in Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach Counties and have any questions about accident law, contact Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Boca Truck Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne Says Large Trucks Cause Serious Injuries

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A prompt investigation into a tractor-trailer accident can be important to a negligence case says Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

The semi-trucks you see on South Florida’s highways and local streets commonly weigh up to 80,000 pounds or about the weight of twenty cars. If that truck is up to speed and hits another vehicle tremendous force is brought to bear, frequently causing serious injuries and death to those on the receiving end. Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne warns drivers to take action if they’ve been involved in such an accident. Get information about truck accidents from a legal truck accident expert.

If you are involved in a truck accident, survive and are conscious, you are probably so dazed you may not even remember the accident, let alone be aware of how injured you truly are. Seek medical attention immediately. If there’s any question about your health, ask for an ambulance to come to the scene. At the very least have a family member or friend drive you to the nearest hospital to get examined.

After getting medical care, contact our office. I frequently talk to people who delay reaching out until they know exactly what their injuries are. You should call sooner than later and avoid waiting for a final diagnosis from a doctor because every personal injury case starts with the ability to find out what insurance may cover for the accident and to what amount. Not knowing that makes it difficult to decide what’s appropriate to do.

Our clients work with us while they’re being treated and going through rehabilitation. It’s not either or, adds tractor-trailer accident attorney Osborne. We work up the case and investigate the accident while you work towards a recovery.

Compensation for these accidents varies widely. There may be any number of parties involved in a tractor-trailer accident case, different insurance policies and different types of compensation that may be available in a truck accident case. The injuries caused in these accidents may be very significant because of the weight, size and force of the impact.

Some of the compensation can include:

  • Lost wages (due to time missed from work because you’re unable to do your job).
  • The cost of your medical care, treatment and rehabilitation (you’re entitled to be compensated for what you have incurred up to the time of trial and what your physician predicts you’ll need in the future).
  • The value of your pain and suffering (which would be decided by a jury who should consider the medical procedures you have had, the future procedures that are anticipated and what your doctor says about how much your injuries are limiting your life).

After a Florida truck accident you have four years to file a lawsuit. Those four years are called the statute of limitations. If you don’t file your case within this time your legal right to recovery may be forever lost so it’s important to reach out to a truck accident attorney well ahead of that deadline. You should do it right away because an investigation needs to be conducted and it’s much easier to do when we start soon after the accident. In addition to reviewing possible insurance coverage it will include:

  • Finding the facts and circumstances of the accident.
  • Obtaining police reports.
  • Hiring an expert to recreate the accident to come up with a cause.
  • Finding and preserving driver logs, repair documents, video footage or photos of the accident.

If you or a family member have been injured in a tractor trailer accident in Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach Counties and have any questions about accident law, contact Boca truck accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. We can talk about the situation, how the law could apply in your case and the best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.