Frequently Asked Questions: Trucking Accidents
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Get an evaluation from an experienced Florida truck accident lawyer.
What is the most common cause of Florida truck accidents?
Driver fatigue is the number one culprit leading to these terrible crashes. Trucking companies often push their drivers to operate their tractor-trailers for unreasonably long periods without rest. This is a classic example of irresponsible corporations putting profits over people.
What is a commercial motor vehicle?
Florida's safety regulations apply to commercial motor vehicles which are defined as any self-propelled or towed vehicle used on the public highways in commerce to transport passengers or cargo, if such vehicle:
- has a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or more;
- is designed to transport more than 10 passengers including the driver; or
- is used in the transportation of hazardous materials.
This definition is not limited to vehicles operated by a "trucking" company. Such vehicles operated by any business or commercial enterprise are subject to the regulations.
These are usually large trucks used for business purposes including the transport of commercial goods. They may include eighteen - wheeler tractor trailers, delivery trucks, dump trucks, tanker trucks, moving company trucks, freight trucks, combination trucks, certain construction trucks or vehicles and other large trucks. When injuries or death result from truck accidents, a Florida truck accident lawyer should be consulted without delay.
How are truck accidents different from other motor vehicle collisions?
There are specific laws and regulations that apply only to commercial trucking companies, their trucks and their drivers. There are also complex technical, mechanical, engineering and accident reconstruction aspects to these cases that distinguish them from other motor vehicle accidents. For these reasons, victims should consult an experienced Florida truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after a crash.
Are truckers regulated by the Federal Government?
Yes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350 -399) govern tractor-trailers and trucking companies involved in interstate commerce. These standards were established in an attempt to make our roads and highways safer for all motorists. It is important to retain an experienced Florida truck accident lawyer who is familiar with the state and federal regulations.
Is a trucking accident more likely to cause serious injury than other automobile crashes?
Yes. Accidents involving tractor trailers or other large trucks are more likely to result in serious injury or death than other automobile crashes because these commercial trucks are 20 - 30 times heavier than traditional passenger cars.
If I was injured in a truck accident, do I really need a lawyer?
Yes. Trucking companies and their commercial insurance companies are well trained in automobile - truck accident investigation and claims handling. These adjusters represent the trucking company and are trying to help them - not you. They will typically do everything in their power to prevent a victim from receiving full, fair and just compensation for their injuries. You need an experienced Florida truck accident attorney to protect your rights.
You should not give them any type of statement or sign any papers. Do not even sign releases for medical records, since they may allow the adjuster to speak directly to your doctors without you being present.
Large trucking companies have accident investigators that are on call 24/7 and are often sent to the crash scene before the police arrive. While the families of the accident victims are dealing with doctors and hospitals or making funeral arrangements, the trucking company is investigating the accident, destroying evidence and setting up their defenses.
Protect yourself! Hire a highly qualified Florida truck accident lawyer to fight for your rights.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer or other large truck, contact a Florida trucking accident lawyer at Hannon Legal Group today.
The experienced Tractor-Trailer accident lawyers at Hannon Legal Group are available to discuss your potential case free of charge and with no obligation. Please feel free to e-mail us or call us at (305) 358-3109.