We Understand How And Why Truck Accidents Are Different
Florida is unique in that we have a large number of tractor trailers, big rigs and tankers on our highways. Cars are much smaller and more vulnerable than trucks. This means that, when there is an accident involving a truck and a car or other vehicle, the injuries are usually severe.
At Clark | Martino, our personal injury trial attorneys have over 100 combined years of experience. We offer a free consultation to truck accident victims. If it is determined that you have a claim, we charge nothing unless we win a court verdict or compensation.
Five Reasons Why Truck Accidents Are Different
Truck accidents require representation by an attorney who understands how and why these accidents are separate from car crashes. Following are the five main reasons why truck accidents are different:
- Large trucks need more distance to stop than cars.
- Drivers are usually working under deadline and are pressured to not slow down.
- A truck that is going too fast or a driver who is not watching the road can cause a catastrophic collision.
- Large trucks can tip while turning or can jackknife when braking too fast.
- Trucks are large machines and require specific training.
While most car accidents are caused by driver error, many truck accidents are caused by a combination of issues. A semi driver must know how long it takes to stop, how much room is needed to turn and how to adapt their driving to the weather and road conditions. The driver must also understand where the blind spots are and how to safely change lanes. This is important when sharing the road with both cars and motorcycles.
Who Is Responsible In A Truck Accident?
Truck drivers, owners and fleet operators have a heightened level of responsibility when it comes to sending drivers out on the road. They are bound to different state and federal regulations. Given the immense size and weight of trucks, drivers must exercise a higher level of safety and awareness. Managers and owners must execute regular safety checks and maintenance. Additionally, schedules for drivers should include enough time for adequate sleep. Who is responsible when these issues are neglected? A truck accident could be the fault of the following:
- The truck driver or their employer
- The truck owner
- The manufacturer of the defective part
- The truck seller or retailer
- The truck loading facility
- The truck repair facility
If the accident was caused because the roadway was unsafe, then it may be that a city, municipality or other government entity is responsible. Our trial lawyers have extensive experience with many types of personal injury cases. We can advise you on the best way to proceed given the circumstances of your case.
Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?
There are many reasons why an accident with a commercial truck can happen. Sometimes, there is more than one factor that contributes. Here are the most common reasons:
- The driver was not driving safely, was speeding to meet deadlines or was distracted.
- The driver was not given enough time to sleep and drove while drowsy.
- The rig was not thoroughly inspected.
- The weather required the driver to alter their speed or maneuvers.
- A defective part, such as a tire or braking system, did not work as it should or failed altogether.
Our personal injury trial team will investigate the accident and determine what caused it. We will then take the steps necessary to pursue the compensation you deserve.
Work With Our Proven And Trusted Truck Accident Team
Understand your rights and your options after a truck crash. Call 813-879-0700 or send our team an email about the accident. We have recovered over $300 million for our injured clients. We pursue the full medical and financial support you deserve. We serve clients in Tampa and throughout Hillsborough County.