Clermont Truck Accident Attorneys
A tractor-trailer weighs about 16 times more than the average passenger vehicle. Because of this enormous weight disparity, a collision between a car and a semi-truck can be disastrous to the car’s occupants. Also due to their enormous size and weight, big rigs require extra reaction time and stopping distance to respond to an emergency situation on the road. With blind spots all around, drivers of 18-wheelers must take extra care to drive safely on Florida roads and highways. Nevertheless, nearly 40,000 commercial vehicle crashes occur in a typical year in Florida. For truck accidents in and around Orlando in south Lake and west Orange counties, the Clermont truck accident attorneys at Scoma Law Firm provide knowledgeable and skilled representation to help victims of Florida trucking accidents recover the compensation they need to move forward after a serious crash.
Common causes of Florida truck accidents
Truck Driver-Related Causes
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or stimulants
- Bald or worn tires
- Worn or out-of-adjustment brakes
- Malfunctioning lights and signals
- Unbalanced loads
Although federal regulations allow truckers to work 14-hour days with 11 hours behind the wheel, many truckers consistently drive beyond what the regulations allow in order to get their goods delivered as quickly as possible. Checkpoint inspections routinely turn up trucks with out-of adjustment brakes and other mechanical issues which require them to be pulled from service, along with drivers whose license issues require them to be immediately pulled from service as well. Another common finding is that truckers and trucking companies routinely falsify the logbooks they are required to keep to show compliance with federal truck safety regulations. The problem is so great that starting in 2017 these logs will be kept electronically to prevent tampering.
Let Scoma Law Firm Attorneys Help with Clermont Truck Accident Claims
At Scoma Law Firm, our Clermont truck accident attorneys know how to properly investigate a truck accident – including determining whether logbooks may have been falsified – in order to hold the driver of the truck and trucking company accountable for injuries caused by their negligence or misconduct. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Clermont truck accident, contact Scoma Law Firm at 352-432-1346 for a free consultation.