When you consider that the average car is around 15 feet and the minimum trailer length is 48 feet in the trucking industry, it becomes easier to understand why trucking accidents are often the most catastrophic of auto accidents.
Special laws govern how companies who own and operate commercial vehicles operate, and those who suffer serious medical consequences or lose a loved one as the result of a trucking accident have the right to seek the help of an attorney to recover compensation from trucking companies.
Injuries and Wrongful Deaths from Truck Accidents
As cities like Tampa continue to grow, many people have turned to raising their families in smaller communities like Lakeland and Winter Haven. Unfortunately, 68 percent of fatal trucking accidents happen in more rural regions rather than big cities.
Statistics on Trucking Accidents
- Polk County Commercial Vehicle Crashes in 2015: 411
- Hillsborough County Commercial Vehicle Crashes in 2015: 493
- Pinellas County Commercial Vehicle Crashes in 2015: 183
Overworked truckers are often in the position of working too many hours with too little sleep. A lack of sleep combined with poorly maintained or overloaded trucks can cause a very dangerous situation on the road. This sort of negligence results in one out of every eight traffic fatalities involving a trucking collision.
How an Attorney Guides you through a Trucking Accident Case
Auto accident cases typically involve several parties: The people in each position in an accident and their respective parties. In the event of a trucking accident, the case become more complicated because the company that owns the truck or commercial vehicle is also involved.
A trucking accident attorney is able to file a claim against the trucking company. To do this, the lawyer must be familiar not only in auto accident law, but also the several layers of regulation that govern commercial vehicles as well.
From there, your attorney is able to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. To do this, they look into not only the trucking company, but also the manufacturer of both the truck and equipment involved in the accident. A skilled attorney can look into the driving logs and maintenance records of the truck to evaluate liability for the accident.
Causes for tractor-trailer accidents:
- Unrealistic schedules
- Aggressive driving
- Driver fatigue
- Failure to maintain tires, brakes or lights
- Long work shifts
- Ignoring the reduced truck speed limit
- Cell phone use
- Failure to install blind-spot mirrors
Substance Abuse and Drinking in Trucking Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration forbids truckers to even have alcohol in the truck unless it is commercial cargo. Most reputable trucking companies inspect the driver’s cab to ensure, among many things, they do not have alcohol in their truck.
Called operating while intoxicated, truckers can be legally punished just for sleeping in their cabs while under the influence. Still, some truckers still choose to take that risk.
The Cost of Getting in an Accident with a Truck
Florida law requires drivers to have mandatory PIP coverage as part of their car insurance coverage. Personal injury protection insurance can help recover the cost of medical expenses and lost wages in the event of an accident.
However, it’s important to note that due to how severe truck accidents can be, you may exceed the amount of your PIP coverage. This is where it’s important to have an experienced lawyer to help ensure that you get total compensation you’re entitled to.
It’s also good to keep in mind that you do not have to put down money or a deposit in order to get legal help for a trucking accident from Brooks Law Group. We only get paid if we help you win your case.
How Brooks Helps Trucking Accident Victims
Brooks Law Group is experienced in fighting for the rights of those who have been in commercial vehicle accidents. We have recovered as much as $1,050,000.00 for clients who suffered as a result of a trucking accident.
We offer free, no obligation consultations to help you in this troubled time. Call us at 1-888-WE-MEAN-IT (888-936-3264) to schedule yours today.