Truck Accident Attorneys
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established by the U.S. Department of Transportation with the primary mission to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses across the country. The federal rules set out by the FMCSA are applicable to all employers, employees and commercial motor vehicles which transport property or passengers in interstate commerce. Florida statutes have incorporated these federal rules, and even expanded the FMCSA rules to apply to intrastate commerce.
Central to the FMCSA rules is that all drivers of commercial motor vehicles shall have the knowledge and skills necessary to operate their vehicles safely. As reported in its 2010 Large Truck Crash Overview, the FMCSA found that 3,675 people were killed in large truck fatal crashes and another 80,000 people were injured in crashes, involving large trucks across the nation. The top five large truck driver-related factors in fatal crashes were: speeding-related, distraction and inattention, the failure to keep in proper lane, driver vision obscured, and the driver’s failure to yield the right-of-way.
Other national truck accident statistics:
- In 76% of fatal crashes involving large trucks and 80% of injury crashes involving large trucks, the first harmful event (the first event during a crash that caused injury or property damage) was a collision with another motor vehicle.
- Passenger vehicles were involved in 91% of these fatal crashes and 94% of these injury crashes.
- For two-vehicle fatal crashes involving a large truck and a passenger vehicle: Of the 398 fatal head-on crashes, the large truck crossed the center line in 13% and the passenger vehicle crossed the center line in 87% of the crashes.
- Of the 318 fatal rear-end crashes, the large truck hit the passenger vehicle in the rear in 24% and the passenger vehicle hit the large truck in the rear in 76% of the crashes.
We have handled the full spectrum of truck accidents involving:
- Tractor-trailers, flatbed semis and other over-the-road trucks
- Construction vehicles and heavy equipment
- Delivery trucks and other commercial vehicles
Our attorneys are prepared to invest the considerable time and resources required to make you whole again. We advance the costs of hiring accident reconstruction specialists, automotive engineers and other experts necessary to win your case.
Also see our Trucking Accident FAQ