Orlando 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers
Every year thousands of large trucks are involved in fatal accidents on Florida roads and highways according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. When a passenger vehicle weighing less than 3,000 pounds collides with a semi tractor trailer weighing over 80,000 pounds, the passenger vehicle and its occupants often pay the price for the truck driver or owner's negligence. Every year 18 wheeler accidents leave thousands of people dead and seriously injured. A study conducted for the Florida Department of Transportation in 2005 concluded that Florida's fatality rate in 1999 was 40% higher than the national average, with heavy trucks having more than twice the percentage of fatalities of passenger cars.
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If you have been involved in a semi tractor trailer accident, or if a member of your family suffered a wrongful death in a collision with an 18 wheeler, please contact an auto accident attorney at The Umansky Law Firm in Orlando, Florida, for a free consultation and case evaluation.
Our truck accident attorneys represent people who have been injured in wrecks involving semi tractor trailers, flat bed trucks, tanker trucks, and other heavy commercial vehicles. We aggressively pursue financial compensation for our clients' injuries, medical and rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and property damage. If the truck driver was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, we may also pursue punitive damages for our client.
Causes of Truck Accidents
A truck accident claim is very different from a typical car accident. Our attorneys understand that 18 wheelers must comply with state and federal regulations, including the provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regarding how long a trucker can drive each day.
We will investigate and determine what caused the accident. Possibilities include:
- Driver fatigue
- Improper truck maintenance
- Improper loading
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Drunk driving
- Tire tread separation
- Bad brakes
- Improper training
- Lack of a commercial drivers' license (CDL)
- Violation of FMCSA standards
We will examine the scene of the accident, obtain the driver's log books, review the police report, talk to the investigating officer, and obtain the driver's driving record. We will gather data from the truck's satellite tracking system and "black box" control module, if the truck is so equipped. In most cases, we will hire an expert accident reconstructionist to determine what happened and who is at fault.
For effective representation by an 18 wheeler accident attorney who is willing to take your case before a judge and jury to get you the results you deserve, please contact a truck accident lawyer at our firm today.