Fort Lauderdale Car – Truck Collision Attorney
Any time a commercial vehicle crashes, extensive damage can result, even in a single-vehicle crash. However, when a large tractor trailer or another type of commercial truck collides with a small sedan or SUV, the results can be devastating for the occupants of the smaller vehicle.
Commercial trucks can legally weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded with cargo, while a typical passenger vehicle can weigh about 3,000 to 5,000 pounds, depending on the make and model. In addition, commercial trucks are significantly taller than passenger vehicles and many can be 30 times as large as cars. The sheer discrepancy in size and weight should be enough to make it obvious that collisions between cars and commercial trucks can cause catastrophic injuries.
If you were a driver or passenger in a car and you sustained serious injuries in a truck crash, you have many legal rights and options. A Fort Lauderdale car-truck collision attorney at the law firm of Boone & Davis as soon as possible to discuss a possible claim.
Dangerous Types of Collisions
There are many different ways that a truck and car can collide and the type of crash often dictates the nature and severity of the injuries suffered. The following are only some examples of types of crashes that our Fort Lauderdale car-truck collision attorneys can handle:
Head-on – Head-on collisions between cars and trucks are among the most deadly. These crashes often happen while both vehicles are in motion and the force and weight of the truck often completely crushes the front of the smaller car. These crashes are often caused by drunk driving, distracted driving, fatigued driving, or other errors on the part of the truck driver.
Rear-end – When a rear-end accident happens, it can also be extremely dangerous regardless of which vehicle was in which position. If the truck is in the rear, its high clearance may cause it to crush the back of the car – called an override collision. If the situation is reversed, the car may get wedged under the back of the truck and become crushed – called an underride collision. Both overrides and underrides can often be fatal.
Jackknife – A jackknife occurs when the trailer of a truck sways out on the coupling device and becomes perpendicular to its intended lane. This can be particularly dangerous on a multi-lane highway, as the trailer can collide with any vehicles that are in the adjacent lanes. These vehicles may then be dragged down the highway if the truck driver is unable to stop.
There are other types of car-truck collisions, of course, and any type of crash between these two types of vehicles can cause life-changing injuries to motorists.
Find Out How a Fort Lauderdale Car-Truck Collision Attorney Can Help You
If you were injured in a collision due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, you deserve full compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. An experienced Fort Lauderdale car-truck collision attorney knows how to protect the rights of motorists that were injured by large trucks, so please call us at 954-566-9919 for a free consultation today.