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Yes, Even With Less Traffic On The Roads, Truck Accidents Can Happen

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All across the United States, citizens have shuttered themselves inside their houses to stay safe against the COVID-19 pandemic. Some folks have taken this action because of all the uncertainty surrounding the situation.

Meanwhile, others are staying home at the request of federal and state governments to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading. Regardless of whether individuals are required to or voluntarily remain indoors, they all have at least one thing in common: they still need access to certain goods, such as food, to survive.

Thankfully, the trucking industry has been right in the thick of things. Logistics companies have continued operating throughout the current crisis. In doing so, stores remain stocked with products for consumers to purchase. Of course, lots of folks have switched up their shopping routines too. Instead of going to brick-and-mortar shops, they elect to stay home, order goods online, and have them delivered to their front door. Trucking companies play their part in making sure that people receive their packages.

Due to people being cooped up at home, traffic in most states has been lighter than usual. Unfortunately, turning on any local news station will reveal that not all drivers, including eighteen-wheeler operators, are utilizing safe driving practices. Plenty of stories have been aired that show vehicles going above the posted speed limits on particular stretches of streets and highways. Such reckless acts can lead to crashes.

Nothing Good Comes From Accidents Involving Passenger Vehicles And Tractor-Trailers

There is no such thing as a kind and forgiving auto accident. That is especially true whenever the incident has to do with a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle. Big rigs are much larger than cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans. Eighteen-wheelers with loaded trailers weigh a lot more than them as well. So if a truck operator is barreling down the highway at, let’s say, 80 or 90 mph and collides with a smaller vehicle, catastrophe will follow.

Often, the truck drivers themselves are able to escape the events unscathed. However, people in passenger vehicles tend not to be as lucky. They obtain all sorts of injuries, such as:

• Partial And Full Paralysis
• Fractures And Broken Bones
• Internal Organ Damage
• Traumatic Brain Injury

Loss of life is another result associated with these episodes, but this article will continue to focus on injuries. Wounds sustained in trucking accidents can be quite expensive to recover from. The individual could wind up having to stay at a hospital for a prolonged period. Surgeries, medications, and follow-up doctors’ appointments become parts of the equation too. Victims are often left unable to work while they are recovering. As such, they can become overwhelmed by all of the expenses.

How Can A Truck Accident Attorney Help?

If a truck driver’s negligence causes a collision, victims may elect to file a lawsuit against them and their respective companies to recover compensation for damages and losses. Those organizations won’t simply hand out big chunks of money, though. Rather, they usually have legal teams on retainer to discredit any claims that arise. Their primary concern is to prevent their clients from having to pay out substantial sums of cash. They pull out all the stops to accomplish their goals.

For instance, they offer a low-ball settlement at the beginning of the negotiations, hoping that injured parties need the funds and agree to the amount. Legal teams use delay tactics to see how long victims can hold out before they choose to settle. Hiring a truck accident attorney shows those people that you mean business. A legal firm can collect pieces of evidence such as black box data, police reports, and witness statements to build the strongest possible case. A lawyer will then fight on your behalf to get you the compensation that you deserve.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Yes, Even With Less Traffic On The Roads, Truck Accidents Can Happen

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
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