While accidents can happen anywhere, the Florida roadways are particularly precarious to travel. Between weather conditions, road construction and tourist drivers, maneuvering the roadways are difficult enough, and there are other hazards to look out for, like large trucks or trailers. A truck accident occurs when a large trailer collides with other vehicles or pedestrians. According to the US Department of Transportation, there are approximately half a million trucking accidents that occur in the United States every year, with 5,000 of these resulting in fatalities. This means that one out of every eight fatalities due to a traffic accident is caused by a truck collision.
In the accidents involving fatalities, 98% of the fatalities occur to pedestrians or individuals in the passenger vehicle, instead of those in the truck. And our roadways are only getting more dangerous. The average yearly trucking revenue during the last few years was $610 billion, and it is expected to nearly double by 2015, meaning more trucks will be on the roadways every day.
If you have been in an accident caused by a truck, or a loved one has been injured or has passed away due to one of these accidents, you might be entitled to compensation for your losses. In the case of these accidents, documentation is so very important. First, if you have been injured, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to document the injuries that you received. Also, if you are able, take photos of the scene of the crash with your phone or a camera. Photographs of the actual scene including the vehicles involved cannot be generally recreated and may help to establish that the truck was truly at fault for the accident. Other important documentation includes the police report, photos of your injuries, and the estimate of the costs to repair the damage. With proper documentation, it is easier to receive the full compensation that you truly deserve.
Contact The Law Offices of Mark A. Risi today to learn more about what our lawyers can do if you have been in a Florida truck accident. Contact us at 1-888-282-6529 or via our online case evaluation form. Allow our Florida truck accident lawyers to help you recover from the accident.