Due to the amount of commerce that flows across the country, there are large numbers of semi trucks on the road. These trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and can often reach lengths of 75 feet. Because they are so large, the chances of serious injury and death are greater than if you were involved in an accident with another automobile. Every year there are thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatalities due to collisions with big rigs. It has been estimated that trucks are involved in one of every nine accidents on the road and that over 90% of those accidents involve injury or death to the occupants of the other vehicle or vehicles involved.
Because Florida is a major cargo hub the number of large trucks on the road is high. Truck drivers have tight deadlines and drive long hours. The trucks are often loaded to the brim, and sometimes their loads can shift while in transit. These are just some of the things that must be looked at when investigating why there was an accident. Other factors that contribute to semi truck accidents include:
- Aggressive driving
- Driver fatigue
- Unrealistic schedules
- Over loading
- Inadequate maintenance
- Tire blowouts
- Defective roadways
The type of cargo hauled by semi trucks is not limited to only dry goods, but can also include fuel or toxic chemicals. Accidents that involve these types of materials do not only affect others on the highway, but may concern the communities surrounding the accident. Having to vacate your home or place of business due to a toxic event that happened miles away is another way in which you may be affected.
If you are involved in an accident involving a truck, you are dealing with more than just an exchange of insurance information as you would if you were involved in an accident with another automobile. Truck companies are another factor of this complex type of accident. They are responsible for the hiring of the drivers and must ensure that they have the training necessary to drive the truck, are properly insured, and are not otherwise a liability. However, because they often must get large amounts of cargo to several destinations, the regulations the government has put in place to avoid accidents are sometimes overlooked or even ignored.
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This is why it is important that you seek a personal injury lawyer with experience in truck accident litigation. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, and you are in the Orlando, Florida area, please contact The Best Law Firm P.A. for an initial case evaluation.