Truck Accidents

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Orlando Truck Accident Attorney

Truck Accident Claims

In 2018, a total of 4,136 people died in large truck accidents. The majority (67%) of these people were passenger vehicle occupants and another 15% were pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. Sadly, when negligent truck drivers and shipping companies cause truck accidents, innocent people suffer the consequences.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a collision with a semi-truck, Maaswinkel Law, P.A. is here to help. Truck drivers and shipping companies should be held responsible for their misdeeds, and you should have access to the best care available.

Call us at to learn more about what our Orlando truck accident firm can do for you. Your initial consultation is free of charge.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks weigh 20 to 30 times as much as passenger vehicles, have greater ground clearance, and take more time to stop. Further, semi-trucks and tractor-trailers have large blind spots and are much more difficult to control, especially in inclement weather.

On top of all of this, commercial trucks carry heavy, sometimes hazardous loads and spend more time on the road than other vehicles. If any part of the shipping process goes wrong, the people driving near these vehicles pay the price.

Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Inadequate truck maintenance
  • Improperly loaded vehicles
  • Inexperienced or untrained drivers
  • Driver fatigue
  • FMCSA violations
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Speeding
  • Failing to yield
  • Aggressive driving
  • And more

If you have been injured by any of the situations or behaviors above, contact our team online or by calling us at today.

If you have been injured by any of the situations or behaviors above, contact our team online or by calling us at today.

Who Is Liable for Truck Accidents?

Because truck drivers are employed by shipping companies, both the truck driver and their employer may be liable for your accident. This is because employers in Florida can be held responsible for the negligence of their employees. In some situations, the negligence of shipping companies themselves causes accidents, even if the driver does nothing wrong. For example, some companies put profits over safety and overload trucks or force drivers to work unreasonable hours.

Shipping companies are notorious for causing or contributing to FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) violations. These usually have to do with training, hours worked, cargo, and vehicle maintenance.

Determining liability can be tricky in truck accident cases, but our team at Maaswinkel Law, P.A. is here to help.

Types of Truck Accidents

When cars and large trucks collide, the smaller vehicle usually absorbs the brunt of the impact. Semi-trucks are much taller than passenger vehicles, which can lead to devastating underride accidents, in which the smaller vehicle slips underneath the truck.

Other common types of truck accidents include:

  • Rollovers – large trucks have higher centers of gravity and are thus more likely to rollover. If other vehicles are in the way, they can be crushed by the weight of the truck. Rollovers are more common on downgrades and curves.
  • Jackknifes – jackknife accidents are unique to tractor-trailers and occur when the trailer part of the vehicle skids and the driver loses control of the vehicle. The trailer then swings across many lanes of traffic to form a perpendicular angle with the tractor (or cab) of the vehicle, making a pocket-knife-like appearance. Passenger vehicles can be destroyed by a swinging trailer or collide with a trailer that abruptly blocks multiple lanes of traffic at once.
  • Blind spots – truck drivers have large blind spots on all 4 sides of their vehicle, which all too often leads them to make unsafe lane changes or lose sight of vehicles in front or behind them.

If you or a loved one has been involved in any of the accidents above, we do not have to tell you how serious the consequences are. We can, however, help you cope with those consequences by pursuing maximum compensation on your behalf.

Contact our team online or by calling us at today

Why Choose Maaswinkel Law, P.A.?

Truck accidents may be some of the most severe and complicated cases we see at our firm, but we have the skill and experience we need to handle them. We understand that things are difficult right now, so we will always treat you with kindness, care, and compassion.

Nevertheless, we will be strong for you when dealing with opposing counsel and whenever you need us to. We are fully dedicated to protecting your best interests, and we have decades of experience negotiating and litigating cases just like yours.

We have recovered millions on behalf of our clients, and we want to help you, too.

All you have to do is call us at or request a free consultation online.

We do not recover any legal fees unless you win your case.

What Sets Us Apart

Truck Accident

$1,000,000

43-year-old female client rear-ended by a landscaper pick-up truck in Orlando, Florida. She underwent neck surgery and suffered a mild traumatic brain injury. The insurance company denied that the truck accident caused a brain injury.

Workers’ Compensation Injury

$600,00

A 55-year-old male client injured on the job when a tractor-trailer rear-ended his work vehicle in Brevard County, Florida. As a result of the accident, he injured his left shoulder rotator cuff and underwent a lower back lumbar fusion paid for by workers’ compensation. His wife recovered compensation for loss of consortium (the damage to their marital relationship).

Car Accident

$600,000

A 40-year-old female client was involved in a rear-end car accident in Polk County, Florida. As a result of the accident, she suffered injuries to her neck and back. The at-fault driver’s insurance company offered $9,000.00 to settle without a lawsuit. We refused to accept that offer and filed a lawsuit for our client. The insurance company hired a doctor who testified the accident was not the cause of her current pain but rather her pain was due to her age and weight.

Tractor Trailer Accident

$600,000

A 10-year-old male client that was a passenger in an SUV when it was hit by a tractor-trailer. The truck driver was traveling at an unsafe speed for the weather conditions on a rural country road in Lake County, Florida. He sustained broken legs as a result of the truck accident. The insurance and trucking company wrongfully claimed our client was not seat belted in the SUV.

Truck Driver Injured at Work

$480,000

Combined personal injury and workers compensation recovered for a 41-year-old male truck driver who was injured while on the job in Manatee County, Florida.

Construction Site Injury

$355,000

This is a feature block that you can use to Combined personal injury and workers compensation recovered for a 44-year-old male construction worker injured on a construction site in Titusville, Florida when a subcontractor driving a truck negligently backed into our client, pinning his hand to a concrete structure.

Car Accident

$350,000

We won a combined personal injury and underinsured motorist (UM) recovery for a 61-year-old female client who was driving a vehicle in Sanford, Florida when the defendant changed lanes and struck her in the passenger side.

Careless Driving Accident

$350,000

We recovered $350,000 for a 42-year-old male client who was rear-ended by a careless driver in Sarasota, Florida.

Slip & Fall on the Job

$335,000

We won a combined personal injury and workman compensation recovery for a 36-year-old male client who was injured on the job when he slipped and fell on ice cubes while delivering food supplies to the back kitchen of a restaurant in Jupiter, Florida.

Slip & Fall a Thrift Store

$295,000

We recovered $295,000.00 for a 56-year-old female who slipped and fell on a handicap ramp at a thrift store in Orlando, Florida.