Truck accidents cause some of the worst injuries seen on Gainesville’s roads. When excessive speed is involved, these crashes can result in catastrophic injuries that forever haunt the victims. Too often, those in smaller vehicles do not survive these crashes.
It is important that accident victims and their loved ones understand that when a truck driver is speeding, that driver is behaving negligently. If that negligence causes a crash and someone becomes injured, the victim can pursue justice through a personal injury claim.
If you have been hurt in a truck crash caused by speeding, do not wait to get the legal advice you need. Speak to a Gainesville speeding truck accident lawyer about your legal rights today. At Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., our attorneys can meet with you in a free consultation to answer all your questions.
Why Do Truck Drivers Speed?
There are many reasons truck drivers speed. The first is that they are typically paid by the mile, not by the hour. The more trips they can get in, and the more miles they can cover, the larger their paycheck is. This is an incentive to speed.
Another major reason why truck drivers speed is because they are in a hurry to drop off their load. The trucking business relies on moving goods and getting them to their destination at a certain time. When truck drivers cannot do this, the trucking company risks losing business. It is for this reason, in fact, that sometimes truck drivers feel pressure from the trucking company to speed.
Factors to Consider in Collisions Involving Speeding Trucks
There are many reasons truck accidents are some of the most complex personal injury claims. The first is that, like any personal injury claim, accident victims must prove someone was negligent. This can be complicated in truck accident claims because there are often multiple parties involved in a truck’s operation.
Even if the accident only involved one truck and one other vehicle, a claim may involve many more parties than that. The driver of the smaller vehicle and his or her insurance company will become involved. So, too, will the truck driver and the trucking company. These parties may each have their own insurance coverage, bringing two more parties into the claim. Then there are cargo loading companies, maintenance companies, and others that may have had a role in causing the crash.
Each insurance company will likely try to place blame on the other parties to avoid paying out a settlement. This makes proving negligence much more difficult in a truck accident claim and often makes the entire process much longer.
Additionally, after a truck accident, injuries are much more severe. They include permanent disability and sometimes even wrongful death. When injuries are this serious, it makes any personal injury claim more complicated. Accident victims must reach maximum medical improvement (MMI) before filing a claim so they know how much to ask for in damages. This often takes time, and during that time, a number of things can happen that can complicate a claim.
The Cost of Trucker’s Refusal to Comply with Speeding Laws
When truckers drive too fast, they put everyone on the road at risk. This is due to the fact that trucks weigh approximately 80,000 pounds, exponentially more than a standard passenger car. When they are driving at excessive speeds, the impact is even greater if they are involved in a crash, resulting in serious injuries or even death.
The many ways in which speeding affects these tragic accidents include:
- Inability to stop: Trucks already require more time to slow down and come to a full stop than other vehicles. When drivers speed, they simply do not have the time necessary to respond appropriately when traffic around them slows down or a driver in front of them stops.
- Blind spots: Trucks have huge blind spots on all sides of their vehicle. If a truck driver is speeding, he or she can easily lose sight of other vehicles in these blind spots.
- Curves: Even drivers of smaller vehicles can lose control of their car if they take curves in the road too quickly. When truckers take these curves too quickly, they can easily jackknife across several lanes of traffic, taking innocent lives as they do.
- Loads: Loads can easily shift in the back of a truck, making it more difficult for the driver to control the trailer. Speeding only means there is a greater chance the loads will shift, and that the driver will lose control of the truck when they do.
These are a few of the problems that arise when a truck driver speeds. There are many more, and every case we investigate is unique. Those injured need to speak to a Gainesville speeding truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to prove the cause of their crash.
How a Law Firm Can Help After an Accident
If you were hurt in a truck accident, you should not try to file your claim on your own. There are many ways a law firm can help, including:
- Dealing with the insurance company: These companies do not want to lose out on profits by paying out on large settlements. An attorney will hold them accountable and will not let them get away with the many tricks they use against crash victims.
- Outlining damages: It is difficult for accident victims to understand the full extent of damages they can claim, such as pain and suffering, future expenses, loss of household services, or loss of companionship and guidance. An attorney will ensure all damages are included in a personal injury claim for compensation.
- Working with medical experts: Medical experts are often needed to advise on a patient’s condition and how the injuries will affect the victim in the future. An attorney will have a network of these experts to reach out to.
- Filing all paperwork on time: There are certain deadlines in a personal injury claim, and if they are not met, you could be barred from receiving compensation. An attorney will manage these deadlines and ensure no technical mistakes are made.
- Negotiations: An attorney will negotiate aggressively with the insurance company for a fair settlement and, when that is not possible, take the case to trial to argue it in front of a judge or jury.
An attorney will take care of all these challenges and more, all while keeping you updated on the status of your claim and any developments in your case. At Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., we take on all the legwork, so you can focus on getting better.
Contact an Experienced Gainesville Speeding Truck Accident Attorney
If you have been hurt in a trucking accident due to a speeding driver, it is important to know there is help available. At Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., our Gainesville truck accident lawyers are here to make your life easier during this difficult time.
Do not risk going through the claims process alone. Contact us today for your free consultation and learn more about how we can help.