Because of the way they are built, large commercial trucks like semis and big rigs are more prone to certain types of accidents than smaller passenger vehicles are. For example, their relatively high centers of gravity and broad, flat sides can make them susceptible to rollover accidents, which occur when a truck tips over onto its side or its roof while it is moving.
Rollover Accidents Are Often the Result of Truck Driver Negligence
Under normal conditions, a commercial truck should not roll over, and it is hard to imagine a situation in which a rollover accident was completely unavoidable, save for an unexpected gust of wind that occurred at the right (or wrong) time. In many cases, truck rollovers are the result of an error on the part of the person behind the wheel of the truck. Some examples of truck driver errors that have the potential to lead to rollover accidents include the following:
- Ignoring poor weather conditions or high-wind warnings
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Improperly secured cargo
- Hours of service violations
- Failure to conduct a pre-trip inspection
- Ignoring mechanical issues with the truck
How a Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
Victims should always speak to an attorney after they are involved in a rollover accident. A lawyer will listen to your narrative of the case and determine whether you may have a legal claim and investigate it further if necessary. If you retain a lawyer, he or she will attempt to negotiate a settlement agreement on your behalf with the insurance company handling your case and ensure that your legal rights are protected during the entire process. Finally, if the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer, your lawyer will likely take your case to trial to make sure you get the compensation you deserve under Florida law.
Call Meldon Law Today to Speak with an Ocala Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a rollover accident involving a commercial truck, you should speak with an attorney as soon as you can. To schedule a free consultation with an Ocala truck accident attorney, call Meldon Law today at 800-373-8000 or contact us online.