Tractor Trailer Accidents
Driving is a privilege that comes with its fair share of responsibility and danger. Unfortunately, many drivers have experienced at least one car accident in their driving history. However, not all accidents are of the same caliber. A car accident involving a tractor trailer will definitely be a more complex situation to sort through than your average auto accident. Not only can a case like this become costly, but it can be intimidating for a victim to go up against a major truck company alone. With a regular auto accident, liability is established and the two (or more) parties settle it out legally on a leveled playing field. But, with a tractor trailer accident, you may find yourself up against a corporation that already knows the routine steps to getting a lawyer on the scene. If you have been in an accident involving a tractor trailer, waste no time in contacting an experienced truck accident lawyer at Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh today.
Common Factors for Accidents with Tractor Trailers
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) lists the following as the most common factors behind these types of accidents:
- Brake problems
- Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
- Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
Accidents Caused By Negligent Driving
Contacting an experienced truck accident lawyer is the best thing you can do for yourself if you have been involved in a crash. With careful investigative techniques and tried resources, we will be able to help you establish fault and file an insurance claim. The right lawyer knows how important it is to immediately get the ball rolling in the legal process. He or she will take the time to look into the truck driver's personal history and driving record to see if there has been a habit of careless driving. If there is evidence to prove the truck driver should not have been hired to perform such a job, then the truck company will be held liable. Your lawyer should also check the driver's criminal history to make sure the truck company followed all federal and state regulations when it came time to hire this person. To ensure there was no issue of negligent driving, your lawyer should investigate the training procedures and the maintenance schedule of the tractor trailer.
A Call to Action Against Fatigue
Driving while drowsy is often dismissed as a minor issue, but fatigue is a huge factor in many accidents. Car accidents that are caused by fatigue usually happen on the highway and when a driver is alone and without passengers. These two conditions fit the daily scope of a truck driver's work environment so, naturally, fatigue is a common problem for this demographic. Also, most accidents caused by fatigue happen in the late afternoons or between midnight and 6:00 AM. Truck drivers are on the roads at all hours of the day, further supporting the likelihood of this danger affecting them. If you worry that a fatigue can be a problem for you as a driver, be sure to invest in a regular bedtime routine to make the most of your sleep. Simple changes to your daily schedule, like a sleep routine and breaks during a long road trip, can make a world of difference for your safety on the road.
Some may question why truck drivers do not already take more breaks if fatigue is really that big of an issue. Well, keep in mind that truck drivers are usually paid by the load or trip. The more trips they can make, the better the payoff will be. If sacrificing sleep is what a driver feels like he or she needs to do to maximize the profit then, unfortunately, that is what some choose to do.
Why Do I Need a Truck Accident Lawyer?
Tractor trailers drive back and forth across the nation every day to transfer and deliver goods for all of us. This is definitely the case in Florida, as we have seen it become a norm for there to be almost a dozen tractor trailer crashes a day in our state. As a law firm, we have become well-versed in the complexities of this type of case. You need someone on your side who understands the different layers of an accident of this nature. For example, it is often the case that the semi-truck and the trailer are owned by separate companies, which increases the probability that they are also insured by different providers. There is no need for you to take on a headache of a case by yourself when you can easily contact us today and benefit from our expertise.
Another reason why you need a law firm you can trust is that these cases can become expensive very quickly. Major truck companies will spare no expense to hire expert witnesses to support the evidence they believe they have against you. You should be able to do the same, and you can if you hire us. Not only does our firm have the means to hire our own expert witnesses as needed, but we already have several expert witnesses in a carefully curated network for our team.
If you are a victim of a tractor trailer accident, you should contact a trusted lawyer today to start filing the claims you need. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be eligible for compensation for your time and pain. Everything costs money: medical bills, appointments, time-off work, and damage repairs for your vehicle. If you were hit by a semi-truck, it is important that you contact a lawyer immediately so that a trained professional can help you document evidence and details while they are still fresh on your mind. Your job, at this point, is to simply recover as quickly as possible. Contact us at Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh so that we can start the process for your legal recovery today.