Simple physics make truck accidents particularly dangerous. These large vehicles loaded down with thousands of pounds of cargo can do significant damage when they impact a passenger vehicle. In some cases, the truck will barely show signs of damage and the car can be destroyed. Determining liability in a truck accident is a bit different than in an accident with another car. Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer can help you determine what factors played a role in your crash. Driver error is a common component in truck accidents, and in fact is more than ten times more likely to be the cause of the wreck than any other cause. Driver error in a Hollywood truck accident falls into a few basic categories:
- 44 percent were caused by drivers taking some form or medication;
- 23 percent were caused by driving too fast for conditions;
- 18 percent were caused by fatigued drivers.
Because of the addition weight and commercial nature of these vehicles, trucks have far more intricate systems than a passenger vehicle. This means that there are many more links in the fragile chain that allows these vehicles to operate safely. Many trucks have a recording device similar to a black box on an aircraft. It chronicles the control inputs from the driver of the truck including steering, brakes, and throttle. It is crucial after a crash that you contact a Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney to make sure the evidence from these records is preserved, since it is often recorded over as the truck continues to work on the road. As trucks go up and down the road it is also important to understand that drivers operate as independent contractors. This means in some cases more than one party will share liability for your Broward truck accident, and an experienced attorney is required to identify each responsible party. At David W. Singer and Associates, P.A. we take these truck accidents very seriously. Trucking companies should be held responsible for the actions of their drivers, and we work to help victims who have been injured in these sometimes devastating crashes. Contact us today with your questions about truck accidents.