Trucking Accident Liability in Florida
Accidents involving big rig trucks and tractor trailers are some of the most fatal motor vehicle collisions that occur. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that in 2012, there were nearly 4,000 fatal crashes involving large trucks and almost 80,000 trucking accident injuries.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an auto accident involving a large truck on the Florida turnpike – or any of Florida’s busy roadways – a Clermont truck accident lawyer can help you pursue the compensation you may need to pay medical bills and other costs.
Common Causes of Large Truck Accidents in Florida
Any number of scenarios could potentially lead to a large truck accident on Florida’s busy roadways. Weather conditions are at times unpredictable, with heavy downpours, low visibility, flooding, high winds, and even hurricanes.
Traffic is thick throughout Florida, which has a dense population and attracts many tourists as well. Florida also has several major metropolitan areas across the state that serve as popular hubs for receiving and transporting goods by truck, for a variety of commercial industries.
Trucking Companies Owe a Duty of Care to the Public
Your personal injury lawyer will look at the circumstances of your accident and determine who may have been at fault for causing the crash. Trucking company practices commonly contribute to causing these collisions. For instance, overloading a truck or failing to distribute the weight of the goods properly – or redistribute the weight after a partial delivery – can cause both jackknife and rollover accidents.
Drowsy Driving and Big Rigs Do Not Mix
A drowsy truck driver is another common cause of big rig accidents. Trucking companies have an interest in seeing that their truck drivers make deliveries as quickly as possible, and many companies have taken this to a dangerous extreme by offering incentive pay and bonuses for faster deliveries and even penalizing drivers who do not meet strict driving time limits. What results is a dangerous trucking culture in which drivers are sleep-deprived and often take stimulants to stay awake on the road – a recipe for disaster.
Your truck accident lawyer in Clermont can investigate thoroughly to ascertain whether and to what degree the trucking company’s policies and practices contributed to causing the crash. He or she can examine driving logs, incentive and bonus plans, background checks and other records to get an idea of whether the driver who caused your injuries was drowsy.
Comparative Negligence in Florida
Florida is a comparative negligence state, which means that a victim’s damage award may be reduced by the percentage of fault he or she bears in contributing to the accident or injury. This does not bar a victim from recovering compensation altogether, though.
Even if you believe your driving actions contributed to causing the crash with the large truck, your big rig accident attorney can fight to obtain reimbursement for the damages for which you were not at fault.
Consult an Experienced Clermont Semi-Truck Lawyer
If your family is dealing with the catastrophic effects of a large truck accident, or even with more minor injuries, the skilled Florida personal injury attorneys at the Scoma Law Firm can guide you through the process of seeking to hold the trucking company and/or driver responsible for their negligent or dangerous conduct and to deter future bad actions.