Tractor Trailer Accidents
Committed To The Injured®
Trucking accident lawyers representing victims in Stuart, Florida, Gainesville FL, and throughout surrounding areas
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there is a higher volume of large trucks on the nation’s highways now than ever before. With an increased volume of traffic, there are more large truck accidents, killing thousands of victims and injuring tens of thousands every year. In 2015 alone, the FMCSAreports that 3,536 fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred, resulting in the deaths of 4,067 people. Another 83,000 trucks were involved in injury crashes, resulting in injuries to 116,000 people. In Florida, 244 people were killed in truck accidents in 2015 alone.
A tractor trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. The sheer weight and size of these large vehicles pose much greater risks of catastrophic injuries and accidents when they have collisions with smaller vehicles because of the significant physical forces that are released during the crashes. The experienced personal injury lawyers at The Eberst Law Firm, P.A. represent victims of truck crashes in Stuart, FL, Gainesville, FL and throughout the surrounding area to help them to recover the maximum possible damages for their losses.
Holding drivers and trucking carriers liable
Many factors may lead to large truck crashes. Some of the common truck driver and truck-related reasons include the following:
- Driver distraction
- Improper securement of loads
- Drugs and alcohol
- Failures to obey traffic control signals
- Poorly maintained equipment
- Defective truck parts
- Texting while driving
- Improper lane changes
All of these causes are preventable and may form the basis of liability.