Clearwater Truck Accident Attorneys Serving St. Petersburg, Florida
Our country’s economy depends on heavy trucks, semis, and tractor-trailers to transport the goods we need and want from one part of the country to another. Motorists in Clearwater as well as the rest of Florida must share the roads and highways with these large and heavy commercial vehicles. Unfortunately, however, collisions between motorists and commercial vehicles do occur – often with serious or fatal results. In fact, statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that in the vast majority of collisions between private passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles there is at least one fatality.
Truck accidents can devastate and destroy the lives of accident victims. Even if a victim is fortunate enough to survive the collision, the greater weight and pre-accident momentum of the truck means that there is a greater potential for catastrophic injuries to the spine, neck, and/or brain. To complicate matters further, trucking companies often employ large law firms in order to minimize their liability in the event of a collision. Mike Walker Law is experienced in handling truck accident cases in Florida and will fight for the compensation truck accident victims need and deserve.
Truck Accident Statistics
Statistics provided by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show that Pinellas County has the seventh-highest number of crashes involving commercial vehicles. Only Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Duval, and Broward counties have more commercial motor vehicle crashes. In 2012, 1,031 commercial motor vehicle crashes were reported in Pinellas County. These crashes resulted in 6 fatalities and nearly 400 injuries to motorists.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Just like drivers of private vehicles, a truck accident can occur because of a commercial driver’s carelessness, or negligence. In order to reduce instances of carelessness, there are a number of federal and state regulations that apply to commercial drivers, and many trucking companies impose additional rules and guidelines to govern the behavior of their drivers. Despite these precautions, however, a truck accident can still occur if:
- The driver is speeding or driving too fast in wet, slippery, or reduced visibility conditions;
- The driver tries to stop suddenly, which can result in a “jackknife” accident;
- The driver consumes alcohol or drugs;
- The driver drives too long or is too fatigued to pay attention;
- The truck is not properly maintained or is in need of repair.
A Clearwater Truck Accident Attorney Can Help Victims
Commercial drivers often work for a company. After a truck accident, that company typically moves to reduce their liability or reduce the amount of compensation that they would pay to the victims in a truck accident. If an injured victim is not careful, important evidence can be irretrievably lost, making it harder to prove a claim for compensation in court. Experienced truck accident attorneys will, for instance, look to secure the truck driver’s manual log and the truck’s “black box” device which records important information about the truck and its speed just before the crash. Not only this, but experienced truck accident attorneys also know that there may be multiple parties responsible for the crash. The driver, the driver’s employer, and the mechanic who services the truck (as well as other parties) may all bear some responsibility for causing the truck accident. These individuals and entities can all be sued civilly for damages.
Truck accident cases are notoriously complex but, if handled properly, can result in awards for damages to assist injury victims with medical bills, treatment costs, lost wages, and property damage, among other injuries. Let the experienced truck accident attorneys of Mike Walker Law discuss the facts of your case with you. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, we will fight to get you the monetary compensation you deserve. Contact us online or by phone today.