Head-On Truck Accidents
Head-on truck accidents in Florida involving semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and other large commercial trucks commonly have tremendous long-lasting effects on the lives of victims. In 2015, almost 30% of fatalities in occupants of passenger vehicles resulted from head-on crashes with large trucks, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
What Makes Head-On Truck Collisions So Deadly?
Throughout the U.S. truck drivers completely dominate highways and roads with little consideration for smaller vehicles. Large truck drivers commonly speed and overload their trucks. Some truck drivers are forced to travel considerable distances and work extended hours. Even the largest passenger vehicles are totally destroyed in head-on accidents with tractor-trailers.
Large commercial trucks often weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds. When that much weight is speeding towards a smaller vehicle, it is obvious why head-on truck accidents are so deadly. When one of these crashes occurs, occupants of the other vehicle are almost always the ones that suffer fatal injuries.
Head-On Truck Accident Injuries
Due to the enormous size and weight of large commercial trucks, even injuries that do not result in death are often devastating. Some typical injuries arising from head-on truck collisions consist of:
- Badly fractured or broken bones
- Various internal injuries
- Cut off limbs
- Damage to organs
- Injuries from being crushed;
- Back and spine injuries;
- Complete paralysis;
- Horrific disfigurements;
- Craniofacial injuries; and
- Traumatic brain injury.
Compensation for Victims
Those who are unfortunate enough to suffer head-on truck collisions caused by the other driver’s negligence may be entitled to compensation for all of their damages. Through a personal injury claim, victims can pursue compensation for:
- Lost wages;
- Both past and future medical bills,
- Reduced earning capacity;
- Permanent disability;
- Pain and suffering;
- Severe disfigurement;
- Mental anguish; and
- Damage to property.
Moreover, if you have lost a loved one or family member due to a head-on truck crash, while nothing can bring him or her back, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. These types of claims provide the victim’s loved ones with monetary compensation to assist with their suffering.
Let Us Help You with Your Case
If you or a loved one has been involved in a head-on truck accident, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is highly recommended. We acknowledge that head-on truck accidents often cause serious injuries or even death.
In general, trucking accidents are more complicated than typical car crashes. There may be several different parties that can be held accountable to injury victims and the injuries suffered are usually much more serious. After your head-on truck accident, our team will take action to properly investigate the scene of the accident, determine liability, and file a lawsuit to maintain your rights.
The Glover Law Firm is committed to making a difference in the lives of our clients and devoted to obtaining compensation and seeking justice for people who have been injured as a result of the negligence and wrongdoing of others. Ocala truck accident lawyer Gordon J. Glover will aggressively fight to help his clients get back their lives back after overwhelming truck accidents.