Florida Truck Accident Attorneys
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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 semi-trucks 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 your Florida truck accident lawyer needs to be experienced, tenacious, and dedicated to helping you get the settlement you deserve after an accident. At The Berman Law Group, we are always available to assist you with your claim. We have five convenient offices in Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Orlando, Stuart, and Gainesville.
Contact us today for a complimentary case consultation if you’ve been in an accident. Call (800) 883-5206 to speak to one of our Florida truck accident attorneys 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, outlined below.
The average insurance policy carried by commercial trucking companies is 50 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 him or herself carries a policy. The cargo of the truck may be insured as well.
Due to the number of parties involved, Florida truck accident lawyers need to be incredibly skilled and capable. Thankfully, our team at The Berman Law Group has decades of experience handling complex truck accident cases.
Increased Size & Damage
18-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 & Laws
The rules of the road are not the same for cars and commercial trucks. Semi-trucks 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 licenses and certifications drivers need to carry to the maintenance and upkeep of the trucks themselves.
Due to the specific regulations, laws, and licenses that govern semi-trucks, litigating an accident case is incredibly complicated. This means your choice of truck accident lawyer is important. Do not trust your settlement to anyone without the necessary experience and the results to back up that experience. We have recovered over $300 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.
- Driver fatigue
- Defective truck parts
- Use of prescription drugs
- Reckless driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Truck blind spots
- Longer areas needed to fully break
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 drive longer and farther than necessary. To help them stay awake 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 is 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
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. Our Florida truck accident attorneys have recovered well over $300 million for our past clients. We can get you the personal injury settlement you deserve because 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 (800) 883-5206 for a free case consultation.
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