Every year thousands of large trucks are involved in fatal accidents on Florida roads and highways. 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 semi trucks, construction and commercial trucks accidents leave thousands of people dead or seriously injured.
In 2013 a study conducted for the Florida Department of Transportation concluded that Florida's fatality rate is 1.3% higher than the national average and ranks 25th nationally for the number of traffic fatalities. Heavy trucks represent twice the percentage of fatalities than that of passenger cars.
Semi tractor trailers aren't the only type of trucks that can cause serious personal injury or wrongful death in a motor vehicle accident. There are many different types of commercial vehicles that can cause severe injury.
- Dump trucks
- Moving vans
- Grocery Trucks
- Delivery Vans
- Garbage Trucks
Whether you were hit by a moving van or a pizza delivery car, filing an injury claim involving a commercial vehicle can be complicated. An injury claim involving any type of commercial truck is very different than those involving privately owned vehicles. You may be suing a large corporation or the government. Violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations may need to be explored.
Typical Causes of Truck Accidents
There are many reasons large truck accidents happen. Driver fatigue or inattention is the major cause of semi truck accidents however possible reasons include:
- Driver fatigue
- Improper Maintenance
- Improper Loading Procedure
- Drug or Alcohol Abuse
- Tire Tread Separation
- Faulty Brakes
- Improper training
- Lack of a commercial drivers' license (CDL)
- Violation of FMCSA standards
Strategies for Success in a Construction Truck Accident Case
A truck accident claim is very different from a typical car accident. Whether you were hit by a moving van or a pizza delivery car, filing an injury claim involving a commercial vehicle can be complicated. You may be suing a large corporation or the government. Large commercial trucks 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.
One of the keys to success in a construction truck accident claim is to identify all parties who caused the accident and who are possible sources of liability. Our attorneys 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.
If available we gather data from the truck's satellite tracking system and "black box" control module. In most cases, we will hire an expert accident reconstructionist to determine what happened and who is at fault. Once we determine who is actually at fault we may pursue compensation from the driver, the general contractor, the truck's owner, among others.
Contact an Orlando Truck Accident Injury Attorney
If you have been involved in a semi, commercial or any type of motor vehicle accident, please contact our auto accident lawyers today for a free case consultation at 407-228-3838.
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