Were You Hurt in an 18-Wheeler Wreck? Call Our Experienced Trucking Accident Lawyer in Southwest Florida for Help
While all motor vehicle accidents could result in serious personal injuries or wrongful death, crashes involving large commercial vehicles like big rigs, tankers, semi-tractor trailers, and other large box trucks are usually more devastating. This is because large trucks and 18 wheelers are much heavier and generate considerably more momentum in a collision—even at a low speed. This translates into more force in a collision which could cause crippling damage to a vehicle and catastrophic or life-threatening injuries to an innocent person. Statistics support this, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report that there are approximately 116,000 people are injured and almost 5,000 people killed in trucking accidents each year in the United States. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in any type of truck wreck involving an 18 wheeler, ask our experienced trucking accident lawyers in Southwest Florida how we can help you.
Here at Goldman, Tiseo, & Sturges, P.A., we know the devastating personal injuries that could be caused in a commercial trucking wreck in Florida. We have represented victims and their families after serious and fatal truck crashes throughout Florida. Whether an accident occurs on I-95, I-75, I-75E, or any other major highways or interstates, our experienced trucking accident lawyers have a proven track record of success. Call our bodily injury law firm to learn how we can help you during a FREE consultation by dialing (941) 625-6666.
Why Trucking Accidents are Different Than Other Motor Vehicle Crashes
Although a trucking accident has similar characteristics to a “standard” motor vehicle accident, there are many components of a trucking accident which make it far more complex. There are many reasons why, but here are some of the most common:
Trucking Accidents Are Mechanically Different Than Other Motor Vehicles
Semi-tractor trailers and other motor vehicles are mechanically very different. Besides the obvious fact that commercial vehicles have a lot more wheels, they have a very different way to stop those wheels through an air braking system as opposed to a disc braking system like cars. This braking system is stronger and most efficient, but there are many more opportunities for it to fail. Other differences include the steering column, hitching, cargo securement systems, and other unique factors in commercial vehicles.
While all motor vehicles must follow the Florida vehicle and traffic laws, there are additional rules for commercial vehicles. This is because trucking is an interstate business, meaning that it usually takes place over several different states. As a result, there are many different laws which must be followed in each state. Some states have very different requirements than others, especially when it comes to safety.
This is why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enacted rules and regulations which serve as the minimum requirements which must be followed by truck drivers and trucking companies no matter what state they are picking up, driving through, licensed in, or delivering to. These regulations govern many safety aspects of commercial trucking, including:
- Hours of service (HOS)
- Driving in inclement weather
- Alcohol and drug use of drivers
- Unrealistic delivery schedules
- Cargo securement
- Ill or sick drivers
- Fatigued truck drivers
- Mandatory accident testing
- Mechanical inspections and maintenance, and
- Many other regulations that an experienced trucking accident lawyer in Southwest Florida could use to help support your claim.
Injuries Are Often More Severe
While any motor vehicle crash could result in catastrophic personal injuries, 18-wheeler wrecks often result in significantly worse personal injuries or death.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents in Florida
There are many common causes of trucking accidents which could result in liability against a truck driver or trucking company. Most of these common causes are both avoidable and unnecessary. Some of the most common examples of trucking accidents include the following:
- Fatigued driving/hours of service violations
- Drunk driving or drugged driving (especially the use of stimulant drugs to stay away like cocaine)
- Following too closely and rear end collisions
- Failure to check blind spots properly
- Improper lane changes or merges
- Aggressive driving or road rage
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failure to yield
- Unsafe backing
- Improper left turn
- Unsecured cargo
- Mechanical failures
- Truck driver inexperience, and
- Many other common causes of Southwest Florida trucking accidents.
Were You Seriously Injured in a Trucking Wreck? Call Our Experienced Trucking Accident Lawyers in Southwest Florida for a FREE Consultation
Here at Goldman, Tiseo, & Sturges, P.A., our experienced personal injury lawyers are dedicated to representing victims and their families after any type of accident. We have a proven track record of success representing clients throughout Florida, including right here in Charlotte County. Call for a FREE consultation by dialing (941) 625-6666 to speak with our experienced team after a trucking accident. Our Southwest Florida Injury Lawyers can help you recover the compensation that you and your family deserve.