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Let a lawyer put you in the driver's seat after a truck accident

From its position at the far west of Florida, Escambia County is the gateway to the state from Alabama and beyond. Interstate 10, the 2,400 mile connection from the Pacific to the Atlantic, passes through on its way from coast to coast, bringing with it many commercial vehicles.

Anywhere commercial and private vehicles intermingle, there is always the risk of an accident. Due to their enormous size, large trucks are badly mismatched against passenger vehicles in a collision. If you've ever seen, or been in an accident with a large truck in Florida, you know the devastation they can cause.

West Florida truck accidents: are they common?

Escambia County sees its fair share of traffic accidents, with 6,733 reported in 2015, ranking it 15th in the state. Of those accidents, 350 involved a heavy truck in some manner. That's more than 5 percent of all accidents in the county, and the total increased by nearly 7 percent versus 2014.

Looking at the human toll of truck accidents in 2015, three people died in collisions in this county, and a further 235 suffered injuries. This ranks as the 12th highest injury total in the state. The injury numbers also increased from the previous year, by a disturbing 23 percent.

Across the state of Florida, there were 28,737 collisions involving heavy trucks, of which 4,812 resulted in injuries, and 222 caused at least one fatality. Unfortunately for motorists, in 90 percent of fatal accidents, one or more occupants of the non-commercial vehicles perished.

Possible outcomes of heavy truck accidents

Although it is widely known that airbags and seatbelts save lives, in a truck accident sometimes they're just not enough. Even those who do survive may suffer serious physical and mental trauma. Potential injuries from collisions with commercial vehicles include:

  • Broken bones
  • Disfigurement/dismemberment
  • Internal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Injuries like these can affect your life for years, both physically and mentally. Medical bills can become overwhelming, and you may be unable to return to full-time employment. In this way, accidents also have the potential to create a life-altering financial burden.

Looking for help after a truck accident

Commercial operators and their employers are well insured, but it can be difficult for a victim of an accident caused by the neglect actions of a truck driver to gain appropriate compensation. For an individual, trying to cope with injuries and properly deal with insurance companies and opposing lawyers at the same time may be too much, and victims may settle for less than they should.

An experienced Florida personal injury lawyer can fight this battle on your behalf. With a team of experts from which to draw information and in-depth knowledge of insurance and trucking accidents, your lawyer will stand up for your right to appropriate compensation for your loss and injuries.

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