A: Most Florida days are absolutely beautiful. Sunny and warm without a cloud in the sky-surely this could never be seen as “inclement weather.”
While this type of weather is ideal for the beach, it can be dangerous-even fatal-on Florida roads. Here are just a few factors that can turn a gorgeous day into one you will never forget:
Sun : You may not think that something so bright could actually decrease truck visibility in West Palm Beach, but many early-morning commuters have found that to be exactly the case. The sun shining in a driver’s eyes or muddling the color of a stoplight can affect stopping, and in some cases render the driver blind.
Long nights : The threat doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Summer weather continues into the night, encouraging late-night parties that add to the number of drunk drivers in West Palm Beach. Many of these will enter a highway in the very early morning-peak hours for a truck accident.
Higher traffic : These beautiful days often carry greater risk of an accident purely because everyone is out enjoying it. A higher population density means more accidents, especially when driving near cities where different types of fair-weather vehicles will be used.
A: Since much of the relevant evidence in a West Palm Beach truck accident is collected hours after the crash, you may be tempted to investigate the scene while you wait for the emergency crews to arrive.
While it’s a good idea to take pictures and write down contact information, many people are too injured after a semi crash to take on this responsibility.Read More
A: Dealing with the aftermath of a West Palm Beach semi accident can be a long and painful process. You’ve decided to get a lawyer and seek justice for your injuries, but the options are overwhelming. Who can you trust to represent you, and how do you know they will be able to get you the amount you need to recover?
A: If you have survived a West Palm Beach truck accident, you might be tempted to think the worst is over. Unfortunately, there are people out there who can still do you harm in your accident long after your injuries begin to heal. For example:
Your car insurance company : Whether they’re offering you a settlement, or want your signature “for their records,” insurance adjusters will try to get you to sign something as soon as possible. This way, they can offer you a drastically reduced settlement before you have had a chance to tally up the costs of the crash.
The trucking company’s adjusters : By contacting you days after the accident for confirmation of events, the trucking company is protecting its interests. Depending on what you say, they can use the information to refuse to cover your damages.
The trucking company : Truckers are often coached on what to say after an accident. They may offer for both of you to sign an “accident report” from their company that involves a clause of no-fault. Unfortunately, failure to read the fine print has left many victims unable to pursue a claim later-and who thinks of reading the fine print after a major car accident?
Of course, now you know that you should not have signed any documents after your accident. But can theseRead More
A: Trucking companies are required by law to hire drivers that have passed a commercial license exam. These drivers must also complete training on hours of service, proper cargo loading, and truck safety before taking the road.
Unfortunately, the licensing process can be expensive-and some companies may save costs by letting untrained drivers behindRead More
A: Trucker fatigue is a term used to describe truck driver impairment due to lack of sleep. Truck drivers are required to get a shipment in on time, and if they fall behind due to weather or traffic, they may be tempted to skip required rest breaks.
As a result of fatigue, drivers’ response times are slowed and reflexes are dulled—leading to increasedRead More
A: The factors in truck accidents are frequently complex. Liability could be assessed to multiple entities. In addition, truck regulations governing weight may vary slightly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
While numerous factors lead to the high likelihood of serious Florida truck accidents, weight is certainly a consideration. New weight legislationRead More
A: It is very important to recognize and identify the signs of aggressive truck driving, which could be vital information during a West Palm Beach truck accident injury case. Several parties –including the truck company– may be found liable if a court decides that the accident was due to the negligence of the organization.
A: Being involved in a serious West Palm Beach truck accident can be absolutely devastating to the health and finances of your family. Truck and insurance companies will often try several types of defenses to avoid having to give compensation for injuries or damages.
However, truck drivers and companies have a responsibility to exercise caution, andRead More
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