The injuries sustained in a trucking accident are usually more extensive because of the scale, speed, and weight of the truck or semi-truck. Even small trucks and commercial vehicles pose a risk if not properly driven and maintained. In a match between a truck, semi-truck and car, a car will lose every time – and their occupants too often pay the ultimate price. For truck and semi-truck accident victims, the personal and economic burdens can be overwhelming. Many times, catastrophic injuries and even death can occur.
Because so many trucking accidents are severe, the government has created guidelines that trucking companies, their drivers and independent truck drivers must follow. They include:
So how common are truck accidents in the State of Florida? Actually, Florida is one of the worst states in the nation for truck and semi-truck accidents. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Florida joins just nine other states in accounting for half of all fatalities involved in a trucking accident in the U.S. One of the reasons is that Florida is considered a great location for trucking companies and drivers because of the amount of goods coming into the state’s ports from all over the world and the state’s agricultural exports. This means there are more trucks on Florida’s roadways making state and nationwide deliveries.
Unfortunately, nearly 110,000 men, women, and children are killed or injured each year on our highways in crashes with commercial trucks and semi-trucks. Approximately one out of every four semi-trucks, upon inspection, are so mechanically deficient, that it is illegal for them to be operating on the roadways, and they are declared out of service.
There’s nothing more nerve-racking than driving near a commercial truck. Even if the person is driving responsibly, it doesn’t change the fact that a minor mistake can result in a serious accident.
Understanding the top causes of commercial truck accidents may help you avoid trouble. Consider the following:
If you’ve spent any amount of time driving close to commercial trucks, there’s a good chance you’ve witnessed a trucker doing something that increases the risk of a crash.
You hope that you’re never involved in a car-truck accident, but if you are it’s critical to know what to do. Here are the six basic steps to take:
There’s no shortage of questions associated with truck-car accidents, but these are among the most common:
If you have been in an accident with a truck, it should be investigated as soon as possible. Trucking companies require their drivers to contact the company immediately who will begin a thorough investigation with their insurance company. Independent truckers want to protect their licensing and insurance coverage, so they will be very proactive to find some other cause other than their careless behavior. As with any vehicular accident remember, insurance companies have experienced investigators and attorneys on their side, protecting their interest not yours. You should have the same.
If you have had a loved one injured or killed in a trucking accident, hiring a truck or semi-truck accident lawyer is a good way of letting insurance companies know just how serious you are about your trucking accident case.
Trucking accidents are complex and require the attention of attorneys with extensive trucking accident experience. If a tragedy like this happens to you or your family, consider contacting Terrell Hogan
You can reach us online or via phone at (904) 722-2228. We’re available to answer your questions, provide guidance, and protect your legal rights. We’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that you receive compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and related damages.
If you or a family member have been injured in any type of truck or a semi-truck collision, you need to hire a knowledgeable attorney who has extensive experience dealing with the trucking industry and their insurance carriers. At Terrell Hogan we have been representing truck accident victims since 1974. Our personal injury attorneys have handled countless cases involving truck, semi-truck, and commercial vehicles. We understand that there can be many complex parts to a truck accident and can involve multiple parties.
Commercial companies, especially trucking companies have more than just money to lose if one of their drivers is found negligent and responsible for an accident-causing injury or death. If the vehicle’s condition itself has contributed to the accident occurring, the negligent party may suffer an increased liability for not properly maintaining the truck in good working condition.
Licensing, operational shutdowns, state inspections and fines, insurance carrier cancellations and/or increased premiums are all byproducts of negligent behaviors on the part of commercial companies.
Independent truckers have many issues to contend with including commercial licensing, suspensions and vehicle impounding not to mention their livelihood as well.
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