Panama City Truck Accident Lawyer
Holding Negligent Truckers Accountable
While all drivers have a responsibility to avoid causing accidents, this
is especially true for truckers, whose vehicles weigh as much as forty
times more than normal passenger automobiles, and are capable of causing
devastating physical damage in a collision. At Seaton Law Offices, P.A.,
we are committed to defending the rights of accident victims and their
families, and by choosing us to represent your
personal injury or
wrongful death claim you will have a former prosecutor on your side, fighting for you.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a truck accident in
Panama City, don't wait to
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Trucker fatigue is among the leading causes of collisions, as the drivers
are frequently under major pressure to meet stiff delivery deadlines and
will often stay on the road far longer than is safe. In fact, the Federal
Government has taken action to combat this hazard, enacting Hours of Safety
Regulations to limit the amount of time a trucker can drive before stopping
to rest. Fatigue decreases the driver's ability to react to an emergency
and prevent causing an accident, similar to being under the influence
of alcohol, drugs or medications-which is another common cause of collisions.
Other accidents are attributable to recklessness, such as cornering or
braking too quickly, as well as distracted driving behaviors such as texting
on a cell phone.
Types of Truck Accidents
Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers are involved in all the normal types of accidents,
such as head-on, rear-end and side-impact collisions, but they are also
prone to certain unique varieties due to their size, weight and structure.
Jackknife accidents occur when the driver hits the brakes too hard at
high speed, causing the trailer to swing around, pivoting on the trailer
hitch at the back of the truck cab. This has the effect of creating a
wall into which following vehicles may crash, as well as potentially pinning
and crushing a vehicle between the trailer and the cab.
Underride accidents take place when the truck stops suddenly, forcing a
following passenger vehicle to ride underneath the back of the trailer
and potentially crushing into the driver and front passenger. Truck accidents
of all types are usually preventable, and the driver can, and should,
be held accountable.