A commercial truck accident is likely to result in serious physical injury and property damage. For truck drivers and the companies that employ them, time is money. When those commercial drivers are hurrying or driving aggressively to meet a deadline, they put other motorists and pedestrians at risk. If a collision with a truck resulted in serious injury, personal injury attorneys, such as The Hancock Law Firm can investigate to determine if driver and employer were negligent.
Because of their extreme weight and massive size, large truck accidents tend to cause more fatalities than any other type of vehicle accident. Approximately 12 percent of all accidents are caused by large trucks. These trucks are also referred to as semis, tractor-trailers, and transfer trucks. There are many contributing factors to large truck accidents. Driver fatigue, for example, has been a long-standing issue in the trucking industry. Criticism has been voiced against the lack of training regulations throughout the country, and trucking companies have been investigated for not complying with maintenance standards.
Leading Causes of Truck Accidents
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 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 the proper lane, driver vision obscured, and the driver’s failure to yield the right-of-way.
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 Are Experts in 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
Remedies for Truck Accident Victims
After an accident, our lawyers will conduct an immediate investigation to determine if trucking companies and drivers did everything they were required by law to do. We will investigate the driver’s background and ensure that evidence such as the truck’s GPS system and driver logbook were preserved and filled out accurately. Even with safety measures in place, trucking accidents still occur. Depending on the circumstances surrounding a truck accident, remedies may be available for injured victims. If driver negligence is implicated, monetary damages can generally be recovered to pay for medical bills, loss of wages, pain, and suffering. In some circumstances, punitive damages may be awarded, if the negligence was egregious. If you were injured in a trucking accident, speak to a personal injury lawyer to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Need a Truck Accident Attorney in Tampa Bay?
If you have been involved in a large truck accident, you may be entitled to recover your lost wages, past and future medical expenses, and any loss from pain and suffering. At Hancock Injury Attorneys, we have the experience, skill, and knowledge to win your case. Contact us for a free confidential initial consultation at 813-915-1110. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.