According to the 2017 Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Annual Report, there was an average of 1,098 car accidents every day in the State of Florida. In 2017 alone, there were 254,310 people injured and 2,924 people killed in motor vehicle accidents. Many of these devastating accidents involved large semi-trucks transporting merchandise, materials and other items on our roadways.
Trucking accidents are similar to regular car accidents but they typically involve a semi-truck or other large vehicle transporting items throughout our state. Obviously, when one of these huge vehicles is in an accident with a normal car that is typically a small fraction of the weight of the truck, the results can be catastrophic.
These trucks are owned by trucking companies who are responsible for ensuring that they have safe drivers using their trucks and that appropriate regulations and laws are being followed by the drivers as well as the trucking company. Truck drivers receive special training and licenses to help ensure that they can drive these enormous vehicles in a safe manner on our roadways. Despite this, truck drivers can still drive carelessly which, due to the size of their vehicle, is far more dangerous than when a regular driver is careless and causes an accident. Trucking accidents can very often result in serious injuries and even death.
If you are injured in a trucking accident, it is even more important that you contact an attorney immediately. Trucking companies spend millions of dollars every year to protect their financial interests when their truck drivers cause accidents. Very often they will immediately send a corporate representative or even an attorney for the trucking company to the scene of the accident to investigate, speak to witnesses and law enforcement, and to gather evidence. They do this so they have a head start on any potential injury claims that may be brought by someone who was injured in the accident. Their goal is to immediately create a narrative and build a case that can be presented in a light most favorable to the trucking company in order to protect their financial interests. Obviously, the trucking company, their representatives and lawyers have an interest in controlling the narrative and can often create a narrative that is completely inaccurate. The quicker they are able to investigate the crash and the longer you wait to hire an attorney, the easier it is for the trucking company to create the narrative that best suits their goal to your detriment. Their goal is to save money and make sure you, as an injured party, goes away as quickly and cheaply as possible. It is imperative that you speak with an attorney immediately so he or she can take this power away from the trucking company and prevent them from having a head start in building a case. Your attorney needs to secure evidence, investigate the crash and begin preparing a case immediately. If you wait to hire an attorney, key evidence that could be essential to your case can be destroyed or "lost" while in the care of the trucking company. We will do everything we can to prevent that from happening but the longer you wait to call us, the more difficult that will be.
Additionally, a trucking company is not only responsible for their drivers and any accidents caused by their drivers, but they are heavily regulated and have strict legal and regulatory guidelines they must follow in order to operate within the state of Florida or across state lines. Many times, trucking accidents can be directly attributable to a trucking company’s failure to follow these laws and regulations. It is important that you hire an attorney who is familiar with the “ins and outs” of the trucking industry in order to hold trucking companies accountable for their failure to follow these laws and regulations. I have handled numerous trucking cases and know what must be done to hold these companies accountable for their failure to follow laws and regulations that are in place to help prevent these types of accidents.
If you are injured in a trucking accident, call us immediately so we can evaluate your case and take all steps necessary to secure evidence and otherwise build your case in order to present the truth so you can get the justice and compensation you deserve. We will help you get the medical treatment you need and will take care of the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on getting well while we handle the rest. CARE, COMPASSION, PREPARATION; INJURY LAW AS IT SHOULD BE.