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Even those who use the utmost care in their day to day lives, especially when driving, could end up being involved in a collision as a result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness. Fortunately, those who sustain serious injuries in auto and truck accidents are often entitled to damages compensating them for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. To learn more about recovering compensation for your own accident, please contact an experienced Florida auto and truck accident attorney who can advise you.
Types of Car and Truck Accidents
Regardless of the cause of a car accident, most collisions fall under one of a few different categories, including:
- Rear-end collisions, which occur when a driver strikes the rear of the vehicle traveling in front of him or her;
- Side-impact crashes, which are better known as T-bone collisions and occur when one vehicle strikes another vehicle broadside, usually in an intersection;
- Sideswipe accidents, which occur when one vehicle sustains a glancing blow from another passing car;
- Rollovers, which involve a vehicle rolling over, often after taking a sharp turn or being struck from the side;
- Head-on collisions, which as their name suggests, occur when two vehicles strike each other head-on;
- Multi-car pile-ups, which involve multiple collisions between a number of cars.
Each of these types of crashes comes with its own specific risks. Side-impact crashes, for instance, often result in injuries to the ribs and shoulder, hearing loss, and concussions, while sideswipe accidents are notorious for causing substantial vehicular damage, but few injuries. Rollover accidents, on the other hand, are more common amongst top heavy or high profile vehicles, such as truck and SUVs, while head-on collisions can usually be attributed to driver fatigue or driving under the influence.
Auto and Truck Accident Causes
Auto accidents, whether they involve only passenger vehicles or semi-trucks, are often difficult to predict, as they can occur just about anywhere and at anytime. There are certain types of behaviors and activities, however, that are notorious for resulting in auto accidents, including:
- Driving while distracted;
- Falling asleep at the wheel;
- Driving aggressively; and
- Driving while under the influence.
It’s important to note that a driver’s conduct is not always the cause of an accident, as outside forces can also play a role in causing collisions. Road hazards, such as crumbling asphalt, potholes, missing guardrails, dangerous curves, faded lane markers, and outdated exit signs and ramps, for instance, cause thousands of accidents every year, while vehicle defects, poor visibility, and inclement weather have also caused serious accidents across the country. Semi-truck accidents, on the other hand, also often involve cargo spills, improper vehicle maintenance, and overworked drivers.
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The cause of a car accident will largely dictate whether an injured party can recover compensation and if so, from which liable parties. If, for example, a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and collided with another vehicle, the driver, as well as his or her employer could be held partially responsible for the accident, if it is determined that the trucking company required its drivers to work overly long hours without a break. If, on the other hand, a vehicle’s brakes failed, which then initiated a multi-car pile-up, it is possible that the manufacturer of the defective part, could bear primary responsibility for the collision.
Other potentially liable parties include:
- A truck driver’s employer;
- A vehicle’s manufacturer;
- A road or maintenance crew;
- A mechanic or inspector;
- A municipality or state agency; and
- A negligent third party.
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Florida is one of only a few states that continues to utilize a no-fault car insurance system, under which, car accident victims are required to seek compensation from their own insurers after a collision, regardless of who was at fault. Unfortunately, insurance policies often don’t cover severe injuries and never provide compensation for pain and suffering. It is possible, however, for those who suffer from serious injuries to step outside of the no-fault system and file a third party lawsuit against the at-fault driver. However, to qualify as serious, a plaintiff’s injury must:
- Involve the significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function;
- Involve a permanent injury;
- Involve significant and permanent disfigurement or scarring; or
- Result in death.
Those whose injuries satisfy this threshold are not limited to filing a claim under their insurance policy, but can seek compensation directly from the at-fault party or his or her insurer.
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