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Q: How can “good” weather cause West Palm Beach truck accidents?

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.

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Q: What if I already signed something after my West Palm Beach truck accident?

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?

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Q: What is Trucker Fatigue?

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.

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Q: Does the fact that I was in a truck driver’s blind Spot or “No Zone” mean I am not entitled to compensation from a serious truck accident?

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, and Read More

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