Semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and other large trucks are a formidable presence on Florida’s roadways. At times, it may seem that they merge into traffic or change lanes without regard for other vehicles.
They are more likely to be affected by heavy winds and other adverse weather, or poor road conditions. If they are improperly maintained, loaded, or driven, they have the potential to cause deadly collisions.
Get the Help You need from Spohrer Dodd
Spohrer Dodd is here to help if you were injured or lost someone you love in a truck accident. From our offices in Jacksonville, we serve the entire state of Florida and also take on trucking accident claims across the country.
We understand that your future may seem bleak. We know we cannot go back and prevent your injury or loss, but we can hold the responsible party accountable and seek compensation that can help you start to rebuild your life.
For a free review of your case, call (904) 637-7721 or contact us online. We can offer an honest, compassionate assessment of this important matter.
Determining the Cause of your accident, and who should be held liable
One of the most important parts of handling a truck accident claim is determining its cause. This will help our lawyers determine who should be held legally responsible for your injuries or loss. We work with talented investigators, accident reconstruction specialists, and other experts to accurately assign cause for semi-truck accidents.
Some of the potential causes of semi-truck and tractor-trailer accidents include:
- Fatigued truck operators
- Unbalanced or improperly secured truck loads
- Overloaded trucks
- Improperly maintained brakes, suspension systems, or other parts
- Defective commercial trucks and their parts
- Dangerous or poorly maintained roadways
- Drunk or drugged truck drivers
- Unsafe lane changes or merges into traffic
- Failure to check blind spots
Why do Truck accident cases need to be handled differently from other accidents?
There are numerous circumstances and legal issues involved in the representation of semi-truck, tractor-trailer, and other commercial vehicle accident cases.
Truck accident cases involve very severe injuries.
Accidents involving these types of trucks can result in injuries that require a long and painful rehabilitation period. Your medical bills can become insurmountable, which means you need get the most out of the insurance coverage.
Truck drivers and their employers are federally regulated.
The operation of commercial trucks and tractor-trailers is governed by state motor vehicle codes and federal standards as established by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
These regulations cover all areas of operation: loading, lighting, driver licensing and certification, duty time parameters, and more. You need an attorney who fully understands state and federal regulations for trucks in order to prove that negligence occurred.
Critical evidence needs to be uncovered immediately!
Recovery after an accident caused by a commercial truck frequently requires a claim against the truck driver’s insurance policy as well as the trucking company’s commercial liability policy. As time passes, critical evidence can disappear.
It is important for you to speak with an attorney right away. Our truck accident attorneys in Florida can get to work immediately to protect your right to compensation.
For more information on your rights after a truck accident call (904) 637-7721.
Holding Commercial Trucking Companies Accountable
Despite the strict regulations and codes that govern the trucking industry, accidents continue to occur with surprising frequency and devastating results. Trucking companies often force drivers to stay behind the wheel longer than allowed by federal regulation, which can contribute to truck driver fatigue and semi-truck crashes.
In addition, tractor-trailers are sometimes built using defective parts or are loaded incorrectly or improperly maintained. Our team is experienced in helping the injured and the families of those lost in fatal accidents recover full and fair compensation of damages.
Compensation for a commercial truck accident claim may cover:
- Medical expenses
- Ongoing medical treatment
- Medication and medical supplies
- Physical therapy and assistive devices
- Lost earnings, including bonuses and benefits
- Loss of future earnings or earning potential
- Emotional trauma, such as pain and suffering
We Fight for Fair & Full Compensation
We have the expertise and network of experts needed to investigate and reconstruct your accident to accurately identify all possible defendants, insurance coverage, and avenues of recovery.
Our Jacksonville truck accident lawyers will uncover the base cause of your accident, identify the liable parties, analyze your medical condition and prognosis, and present a compelling analysis of your damages.
Call us today at (904) 637-7721 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.