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Orange City Truck Accident Attorneys

Representing Victims of Semi-Truck Crashes in Orange City, FL

Truck accidents are some of the most devastating and deadly motor vehicle collisions that can occur on the road. When a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, or tractor-trailer weighing tens of thousands of pounds collides with a passenger vehicle, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are at a significant disadvantage. They are more likely to suffer severe injuries and even death.

At Politis & Matovina, P.A., our Orange City truck accident lawyers are dedicated to helping victims and families recover the compensation they are owed after these devastating wrecks. We have been serving the community since 1993 and have successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. We are prepared to fight for you.

Call (386) 333-6613 or contact us online to request a free, no-obligation consultation.

Common Types of Truck Accidents

A truck accident refers to any collision or incident involving a commercial truck, often resulting in damage to property, injuries, or fatalities. These accidents can occur due to various factors, including human error, mechanical failure, weather conditions, or road hazards. Here are some common types of truck accidents:

  • Rear-End Collisions: These occur when a truck hits the vehicle in front of it. Factors like distracted driving, sudden braking, or tailgating can contribute to this type of accident.
  • Jackknife Accidents: This happens when a truck's cab and trailer skid and form an angle, resembling a partially opened pocket knife. It typically occurs when the trailer swings outward, often due to slippery roads or sudden braking.
  • Underride Accidents: These occur when a smaller vehicle slides underneath the trailer of a truck, usually during a rear-end collision. This type of accident can result in severe injuries or fatalities for the occupants of the smaller vehicle.
  • Rollovers: Trucks can tip or roll over due to various reasons, including speeding around curves, unbalanced cargo, abrupt maneuvers, or adverse weather conditions.
  • Blind Spot Accidents: Trucks have large blind spots where smaller vehicles can be hidden from the driver's view. Accidents occur when trucks change lanes or make turns without realizing a vehicle is in their blind spot.
  • Tire Blowouts: When a truck's tire suddenly bursts or blows out, it can cause the driver to lose control, potentially leading to accidents, especially at high speeds.
  • Cargo Spills: Improperly secured or overloaded cargo can spill onto the road, causing accidents and hazards for other vehicles.

Each type of truck accident can have severe consequences due to the size and weight of commercial trucks. Preventative measures like driver training, regular vehicle maintenance, adherence to safety regulations, and improved road infrastructure can help reduce the risk of these accidents.

Who is Liable for a Truck Accident?

Truck accident cases often involve multiple parties who may be held liable for the crash.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may be able to hold the following parties liable for your injuries:

  • The Truck Driver — The truck driver may be held liable for the crash. For example, if the truck driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, they may be held liable. Similarly, if the truck driver was speeding, driving recklessly, or violating any other traffic laws, they may be held liable.
  • The Trucking Company — In many truck accident cases, the trucking company can be held liable for the crash. This is because trucking companies are responsible for hiring qualified drivers, ensuring their drivers are properly trained, and making sure their drivers comply with all federal trucking regulations. If the trucking company fails to do any of these things, they may be held liable for the crash.
  • The Truck Manufacturer — If a defective truck or truck part caused the crash, the truck manufacturer may be held liable. For example, if the truck’s brakes fail, causing the driver to lose control, the manufacturer of the brakes may be held liable.
  • The Cargo Loader — In some cases, the cargo loader may be held liable for the crash. For example, if the cargo was not properly loaded and it shifted during transit, causing the driver to lose control, the cargo loader may be held liable.
  • The Maintenance Company — Trucking companies are required to regularly inspect and maintain their vehicles. If the trucking company failed to do this and a mechanical failure caused the crash, the maintenance company may be held liable.

Truck accident cases are subject to strict deadlines, so you must reach out to an attorney as soon as possible after the crash. At Politis & Matovina, P.A., our Orange City truck accident lawyers can review the facts of your case, help you understand your rights, and determine the best course of action.

How Our Orange City Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help

Truck accident cases are often more complex than other types of motor vehicle accident cases. The trucking company and their insurer will do everything they can to avoid paying, and they have the resources to fight these claims. You need an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side.

At Politis & Matovina, P.A., our Orange City truck accident attorneys have been representing victims and families for nearly three decades. We know how to take on the trucking company and their insurer and fight for you. We are prepared to take your case to court if necessary and will not back down from a fight.

When you choose us to represent you, you can expect:

  • Compassionate, personalized legal services — We understand how devastating a truck accident can be, and we are here to help. Our team will take the time to listen to your story, answer your questions, and address your concerns. We will keep you updated on any developments in your case and are always available to take your call.
  • Aggressive advocacy — We are not afraid to take on the trucking company and its insurer. Our attorneys will fight for you at every stage of the process and will not back down from a fight. We have a proven track record of success and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients.
  • Extensive experience — Truck accident cases are complex, and you need an attorney on your side who knows how to handle them. We have been representing victims and families for nearly three decades and have successfully handled thousands of cases. We know how to investigate truck accidents and gather the evidence needed to prove liability.
  • Resources to handle your case — Truck accident cases can be expensive to litigate. At Politis & Matovina, P.A., we have the resources needed to take on the trucking company and its insurer. We will front all the costs of your case and will not collect any fees unless we win.

Contact us today at (386) 333-6613 to speak with our Orange City truck accident lawyers.

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