There were over 500,000 crashes involving trucks in 2015. Of these, 3,800 were fatal. While that’s a much smaller number than car crash fatalities, the stakes are much higher when semitrucks are involved. Not only are the injuries more serious, but instances of wrongful death can be much more complicated, and the insurance process is much more difficult to navigate.
This means that truck accident lawyers need to be experienced, tenacious, and dedicated to help you get the settlement you deserve after an accident.
Find our guide to truck accidents below and don’t hesitate to contact us today for a complimentary case consultation if you’ve been in an accident. Call 1-800-375-5555 to speak to one of our truck accident attorney team now.
Truck Accidents are Different
Truck accidents are not the same as other vehicle accidents. While car crashes are much more common, and motorcycle accidents are much deadlier, truck accidents are much more complicated. This is due to a number of factors, including:
The average insurance policy carried by commercial trucking companies is fifty times larger than that of a passenger vehicle. Due to the large nature of truck accident insurance, trucking companies are incredibly aggressive when it comes to fighting negligence and liability claims.
As if this was not enough, there are very often multiple lines of insurance coverage for individual trucks. The cab and the trailer are usually owned by different companies. The driver herself carries a policy. The cargo of the truck may be insured as well.
Due to the number of parties involved, truck accident lawyers need to be incredibly skilled and capable. Thankfully, our team at The Berman Law Group is second to none and boasts decades of experience. Contact us today to learn how we can help.
Increased Size and Damage
Eighteen wheelers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. When you factor in the overwhelming size of a truck, their potential for catastrophic damage becomes clear. This is true for personal injury, vehicle destruction, and property damage.
This can lead to increased damages in any settlement. It can also lead to increased medical bills and increased cost to repair any damaged property from the accident. The potential for serious injury, death, and devastating property damage is much higher when trucks are involved. It is that simple.
Unique Regulations and Laws
The rules of the road are not the same for cars and commercial trucks. Semitrucks have to register with the Department of Transportation (DoT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
These agencies have laws in place that are unique to truckers. They cover everything from the driver’s licenses and certifications drivers need to carry to the maintenance and upkeep of the trucks themselves.
Due to the specific regulations, laws, licenses, and more that govern semitrucks, litigating an accident case is incredibly complicated. This means your choice of truck accident lawyer is important. Do not trust your settlement to anyone less than the experts. We have recovered over $200 million for our clients in the past. Our next major settlement could be yours.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
While there is no single cause of eighteen-wheeler accidents, there are causes that are more common than others. These include:
- Driver fatigue
- Defective truck parts
- Use of prescription drugs
- Reckless driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Truck blind spots
- Longer areas needed to fully break
- And more
Driver fatigue is the most common cause of truck driver negligence. Drivers are not paid an hourly wage, but rather they are paid for the number of miles they drive. This gives them a clear incentive to log as many hours on the road as possible. The result? Tired, accident-prone drivers.
The federal agencies mentioned above, the DoT and FMCSA, have rules in place to prevent weary drivers. These are called Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. They limit the number of hours drivers can log per week, the time they must take off between shifts, and the number of hours drivers can spend on the road in a single stretch.
Despite these regulations, truck drivers will routinely driver longer and farther than necessary. To help them stay away for these long stretches, drivers will take stimulants like Adderall (prescription strength amphetamine), herbal stimulants, and caffeine pills.
Make no mistake, this is driving under the influence and negligent. If you have been in an accident due to a drowsy, fatigued, or inebriated truck driver, contact us today.
The Berman Law Group Difference
We are South Florida’s premier truck accident lawyers. This is not an empty claim. We have recovered well over $200 million for our past clients. We can get you the personal injury settlement you deserve.
Our team of dedicated, compassionate, and excellent attorneys are here to help. You have been in a traumatic accident and the last thing you need to worry about is gathering evidence to fight a lengthy court battle. We take that worry off your back.
You should focus on getting better, not legal matters. We are here to make sure you do just that. The truck accident attorneys at The Berman Law Group have decades of experience. We know how to navigate the difficult process of multiple insurance companies, aggressive attorneys, and the courtroom itself.
That is The Berman Law Group difference. Contact us now at 1-800-375-5555 for a free case consultation.