Articles Posted in Truck Accidents

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A collision with a truck, tractor-trailer or other large vehicle can have devastating outcomes for everyone involved. If you were involved in a truck accident, you need to consult a trusted Miami truck accident attorney immediately. We understand the difficulties you face following a truck accident, and you can trust that we will do everything in our power to resolve your case as quickly and efficiently as possible.

A Miami man was recently killed when the box truck he was traveling in as a passenger rear-ended a tractor-trailer on I-75 in Marion County. The driver of the box truck was rushed to the hospital and is in stable condition. The accident, which took place in the early afternoon, caused the highway to be shut down for hours. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the semi truck was in the middle lane and had to slow down. However, the box truck failed to slow down and slammed into the back of the semi’s empty trailer, damaging the vehicle’s doors and crushing the front of the box truck.

All drivers on the road have a duty to drive in a safe manner. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Speeding;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Tailgating;
  • Improper lane change;
  • Following too closely;
  • Aggressive driving;
  • Unsecured cargo; and/or
  • Adverse weather conditions.

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If highways and freeways are part of your daily commute, as is the case for many Americans, your chances of getting into a car accident are significant. If you or a loved one was injured in a highway accident, you are probably overwhelmed and may even be unsure of your next steps. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our knowledgeable Miami highway accident attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of South Florida clients by vigorously seeking the compensation they rightfully deserve for their injuries.

A serious accident on I-75 in Marion County sent a driver and passenger to the hospital after a semi truck landed on top of a car in a multi vehicle collision. The 18-wheeler, packed full of produce, had to be cut through to reach the car, which was trapped underneath.  Ultimately, the car door was cut through and the driver and passenger were rushed to the hospital with traumatic injuries. A crane was also brought to the scene so firefighters could search underneath the big rig to make sure no one else was trapped. The collision involved two tractor-trailers and three vehicles. The exact cause of the accident is still unknown.

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Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents happen every day in Florida and across the United States. Many of these accidents take place because motorists fail to obey the rules of the road. If you’ve sustained an injury or lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we may be able to help. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our reputable Miami auto accident attorneys are committed to getting South Florida clients the compensation and justice they deserve for their harm.

A Hardee County police officer was rushed to the hospital when a semi-truck sideswiped two police cruisers. The two police vehicles were pulled over looking into another accident when the truck crashed into the drivers’ sides of the cars. The door of one of the police officer’s cars was twisted all the way toward the hood. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is now trying to figure out the cause of the accident. It is unclear at this time whether the collision is a violation of Florida’s Move Over Law.

Florida Move Over Laws

Under Florida Statute 316.126, motorists are required to move over for stopped police cars, first responders, sanitation vehicles, utility service vehicles and tow trucks. If you cannot move over because you are on a one-lane highway, for example, you should reduce your speed down to 20 mph less than the posted speed limit. You should slow down to 5 mph when the posted speed limit is 20 mph or less. The Move Over Law was created because many police officers have been struck and killed while pulled over on the side of the road.

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Florida is home to a number of beautiful and world-renowned golf courses. While most people operate golf carts without incident, the reality is that accidents do happen. If you were injured in a golf cart accident, you could potentially recover compensation for your injuries. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami personal injury attorneys understand that golf cart accidents can be just as serious as car accidents. With years of experience, we know how to help you seek recovery.

An 88-year-old man who drove his 2000 Yamaha golf cart into to the path of a Chevy pickup truck died as a result of his injuries at Ocala Regional Medical Center earlier this month. According to a report by the Florida Highway Patrol, the golf cart was traveling south on a trail adjacent to Cazaras Avenue and was struck when he tried to cross at a trail crossing without yielding. The golf cart driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Establishing Negligence for Golf Cart Accidents

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Sadly, drowsy driving is the cause of many preventable accidents every year. If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by drowsy driving, it is essential to contact a reliable Miami car accident attorney without delay. We will work tirelessly to help you make the financial recovery you rightfully deserve for your injuries.

Just last month, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers said a drowsy driver caused a serious accident at a toll plaza in Winter Haven. Toll both cameras captured the wreck and showed the pickup truck being pushed forward after an SUV crashed into the back of the truck, causing the truck to slam into a camera, light display and two control panels at the toll booth plaza. The victim who was driving the truck broke his leg as a result of the accident and had a seizure that led him to be put in intensive care. Law enforcement highlighted that accidents at tollbooths are rare since the posted speed limits are low. 

Drowsy Driving Accidents in Florida

Drowsy driving, also known as tired driving or fatigued driving, refers to the operation of an automobile while being cognitively impaired due to lack of sleep. Just like drunk driving, drowsy driving can result in impaired judgment and delayed reactions, which can substantially raise the risk of accidents on the road. Unfortunately, drowsy driving accidents injure too many Floridians every year. FHP data shows that there were 4,329 accidents caused by drowsy driving in 2017, which led to 28 deaths. Across the country, data reveals that drowsy driving is responsible for 100,000 collisions.

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Truck accidents are some of the most dangerous accidents on the road. Unfortunately, these accidents routinely impact people in Florida and across the United States. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving a tractor-trailer, you might have the right to recover damages for your medical bills and other losses. With extensive experience in Florida personal injury law, our Miami truck accident attorneys have the skill, experience and compassion to handle your case.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while roadway fatalities decreased 2 percent year-over-year in 2017, that trend was not true for occupants of large trucks. In fact, NHTSA data shows that truck occupant deaths jumped 16 percent from 2016 to 2017 – from 725 to 841 deaths with approximately 40 percent of these occupants not wearing seat belts even though there has been an ongoing effort to educate on the issue. As it stands, there are no precise reasons that were identified for the rise in deaths.

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While all truck accidents are dangerous, fuel and tanker trucks pose an added risk. The force of an accident can cause the flammable liquid that the truck is carrying to catch on fire. In some cases, the force of a crash can lead to an explosion. As such, fuel truck accidents can lead to catastrophic, even deadly harm. If you have been hurt or someone you know has been killed in a fuel truck accident, you need skilled legal counsel. Our Miami truck accident lawyers can help you file a lawsuit against any and all parties responsible for the accident.

Two People Killed in Fuel Truck Accident

Last month, two people were killed in their Chevy Impala in a multi-car crash involving a fuel truck along Florida’s turnpike. The accident was caused by the driver of a Honda Civic who fails to navigate a curve on the northbound entrance ramp of the turnpike and slammed into a Tropic Oil Co. truck, which then crashed into the Impala as well as a Ford van. Passengers of the van and the fuel truck sustained injuries. A hazardous materials team was dispatched to the scene to contain the fuel leaking from the truck and part of the highway had to be shut down for several hours.

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Truck accidents, due to their sheer size and weight, can lead to devastating harm to everyone involved. If you or someone close to you has been injured in an accident in which a truck was blocking a road, you may be able to recover monetary damages for your harm. Our reputable Miami truck accident attorneys have the skill, dedication and experience to handle your case. We will make every effort to settle your case but we are not afraid to go to trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached through the process of negotiation.

Blocking Accidents

Blocking accidents refer to accidents that involve a smaller vehicles crashing into with large truck that is stopped or parked in the road or in the shoulder. For example, a car rear-ends a truck that is parked in the roadway. Truck drivers who stop their vehicles in the path of moving traffic can lead to catastrophic wrecks when other drivers come upon the unanticipated obstruction in their path. This is why truck drivers and trucking companies should be careful to place reflective markers or use a flagger to notify drivers that a truck is blocking a lane of travel.

Liability in Blocking Accidents

When a car crashes into a truck that is blocking a lane, the car driver tends to think it is his or her fault. However, this is not always the case. In many instances, the blocking accident occurs because the truck driver or trucking company failed to take steps to minimize the risk of accident. Poor weather conditions, lack of signage and low visibility due to nighttime can all increase the likelihood of an accident. Continue reading →

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Truck accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries. If you or someone close to you has been injured in an accident caused by a negligent truck driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our skilled Miami truck accident attorneys understand the stress and confusion you may be experiencing, which is why we will handle your case with the utmost compassion.A traffic accident left a truck partially dangling over a Gulf Coast bridge when the driver crashed through a concrete guardrail and caused major traffic delays on one of Florida’s busiest highways. The crash, which occurred last month, left the cab of the truck dangling over the Trooper J.D. Young Bridge on northbound Interstate 75 north of Sarasota for about two hours, essentially blocking all northbound lanes of the highway.

According to one news source, the 49-year-old driver was driving his truck down the highway normally until a car suddenly switched lanes in front of him. In an effort to not hit the car, the driver lost control of the semi-truck and crashed through the bridge’s railing. Fortunately, he was able to get out of the car safely, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

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Truck accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries and even death. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a truck accident caused by a truck driver’s negligence, our seasoned Miami truck accident attorneys can help you make a claim for compensation. At our Law Offices, we are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for the harm they cause.

Distracted driving occurs when the driver engages in any conduct that takes the driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Distracted driving continues to be a huge problem in Florida and across the United States. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that as many 40,000 people died in automobile accident crashes in 2016. That is a 6 percent increase over 2015 and a 15 percent increase over 2014, the most dramatic year escalation in 53 years. The NSC estimates that 25 percent of all crashes involve some type of cell phone use. Alarmingly, a new AAA study finds that more than half of millennial-aged drivers are aware of their dangerous driving habits but think they are acceptable.

Last week, a driver dropped his cellphone and was allegedly bending over to pick it up when his truck hit a 9-year-old girl and woman who were riding horses in Southwest Ranches. The two riders were crossing the road on their horses at the time of the accident and, sadly, both were ejected from their horses upon impact. After the crash, a pink riding helmet and two dead horses lay on the rural road. The young girl was airlifted the hospital and the girl’s guide was also taken to the hospital. Both riders suffered possible life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision.

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