FLORIDA – October 7, 2020

Truck transport in the United States is responsible for nearly $700 billion dollars in shipped goods.  Florida highways are teeming with tractor trailers, box trucks and tankers that increase the risks of accidents that are often associated with higher levels of damages and catastrophic injury to victims.  A truck accident attorney can be instrumental in proving truck driver’s negligence, in concert with common reasons for accidents including:

  • Fatigue and distracted driving. Falling asleep at the wheel, or not giving full attention to surroundings while barreling down a highway can cause catastrophic accidents leading to inflated property damages and injuries.
  •  Size, weight, and height. A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. The average car weighs no more than 4,000 pounds and can easily slide beneath a truck. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safetynotes that around 68 percent of fatalities in truck accidents are people in passenger cars.
  • Reduced braking distances. It takes 40% more braking time for a tractor-trailer to stop compared with a passenger sized vehicle.
  • Blind spots. Blind spots are associated with the length of a tractor trailer directly in front, behind and on each side of the truck.
  • Cargo load. If cargo is not loaded properly it  can shift, making it difficult to safely maneuver the truck and increasing the possibility of a rollover or jackknife.
  • Hazmat transport. Commercial trucks frequently transport hazardous materials, including chemicals that can spill out in an accident and cause both environmental and health concerns.
  • Delayed or slow start. A big truck needs more time and distance to get up to the speed needed to keep up with the flow of traffic, leading to underride situations for other cars, or rear- end accidents.

Damage recovery.

Truck accident victims can file a personal injury claim in Florida, but under Florida’s No-Fault Insurance Law, costs incurred due to an accident will be paid primarily from a claim against the injured person’s own insurance company to cover non-serious injuries. Florida follows the “pure comparative negligence rule” so if a victim was responsible for any part of the activities that led to injury, compensation will be adjusted in accordance with the percentage of fault assigned to each driver. The statute of limitations for a personal injury accident claims in Florida is four (4) years.

Hire legal counsel.

An experienced truck accident attorney can help with the assessment of damages to recover lost wages, loss of income, medical bills, pain and suffering, and in some cases, survivor actions for death losses to families. The Fran Haasch Law Group relies on a team of experts including an accident reconstructionist, property appraisers, and loss mitigation consultants to build a winning case in order to maximize damage awards for truck accident victims.

 

The Fran Haasch Law Group

Civic Memorial Office Center

6601 Memorial Highway, Suite 111

Tampa, FL 33615

Phone:  (727) 784-8191

Sources:

https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/large-trucks

http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2011/627.7415

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