Any motor vehicle accident has the potential to be devastating for everyone involved. That said, an accident that includes a semi-truck weighing at least 35,000 pounds, life-changing injuries, and fatalities are far more likely.
If you were hurt from an accident involving a truck, consider contacting an attorney as soon as possible. At Elstein Legal, we have helped a number of people just like you to recover the compensation they deserved.
Truck Accident Resources
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration keeps records of the circumstances surrounding different types of crashes. Here are some recent statistics that shed light on how common truck accidents are in the U.S:
- Police reported about 499,000 crashes involving large trucks in 2018.
- 57% of fatal crashes that involve large trucks occur in rural areas.
- 36% of all fatal crashes involving large trucks happened between 6 pm and 6 am.
- Most fatal truck accidents (83%) happen on weekdays.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck drivers are not only bound by state and federal laws and regulations, but they also have rules imposed by the trucking industry. Sadly, as with many dangerous jobs, truckers can get complacent and be negligent about safety over time.
- Driver negligence. Tractor-trailers can be bulky and difficult to handle. If drivers are not careful to follow all rules of the road, the consequences can be severe. Driver negligence can include disregarding traffic signs, improper passing, and lane changes.
- Mechanical issues. Trucking companies have regulations that require trucks to go through maintenance and safety inspections. When this gets overlooked or is not completed thoroughly, mechanical problems can go unnoticed, causing an accident as a result.
- Distracted driving. Just as with any vehicle, distracted driving is a huge problem with truckers. This term refers to texting and driving, operating a handheld electronic device, eating behind the wheel, or doing anything else that takes your focus away from the road.
- Speeding. Often, when truck drivers are transporting materials, they are trying to meet important deadlines. If a driver is running late, they are often more likely to make reckless decisions that could lead to injury.
- Fatigue. Truckers spend long periods of time on the road and may drive straight through the night if they have to. Taking occasional breaks at truck stops along the way to rest when they are tired is highly recommended. Unfortunately, some people choose to fight through and continue driving to make their deadline. They may also not realize the level of their energy is completely low. Driving while fatigued is extremely dangerous, and falling asleep b regularly causes deadly accidents.
Why Choose Elstein Legal?
Brian L. Elstein is well-versed in the complex regulations that involve truck drivers in Florida. If you have been in an accident involving a truck recently, you are likely dealing with injuries that have serious financial consequences.
Elstein Legal can help you determine and receive the compensation you likely deserve. This can help cover medical costs and lost wages from missing work. Our truck accident firm will fight hard for your rights and will be the best source of legal advice. Contact us today to learn more.