Florida Truck Accidents Attorneys
Semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are familiar fixtures of Boca Raton traffic, with commercial vehicles constantly travelling down the I-95 to meet up with the I-75 and vice versa. Unfortunately, this heavy volume of truck traffic creates a serious risk for car and truck motor vehicle accidents. According to the DHSMV, there were over 20,000 truck accidents in Florida in 2013, and over 2,000 of those crashes occurred in Palm Beach County. Palm Beach County truck accidents also accounted for half of the fatalities occurring in truck accidents statewide. Truck accidents are capable of causing serious personal injury or wrongful death, and when they do, the truck accident attorneys at Ellis, Ged & Bodden provide strong, effective representation to help accident victims receive maximum compensation from negligent truckers and trucking companies.
Dangers of Trucking Accidents in Florida
The immense size and weight of a fully-loaded tractor-trailer delivers a tremendous amount of force in the event of a collision, placing the occupants of a smaller, lighter automobile at serious risk for catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death. The large, heavy trucks are also more difficult to handle, requiring increased reaction time and stopping distance compared with other vehicles. Finally, the driver of a semi-truck has blind spots that extend across multiple lanes of traffic and for several car lengths in front of the cab and behind the trailer. Motorists navigating around the truck have limited sight distances too.
In addition to the inherent dangers brought on by the size and weight of the semi-truck, poor maintenance issues can contribute to truck accidents as well. Common causes of trucking accidents in Florida attributed to the tractor-trailer include:
- Out-of-adjustment brakes
- Defective or missing brake components
- Worn tires
- Unbalanced load
- Overloaded truck
Vehicle issues aside, driver error remains a leading cause and contributor to truck crashes. Truckers have a strong incentive to get to their destination as quickly as possible, and this factor may lead to truck drivers speeding and driving recklessly or aggressively, as well as truckers working longer than is safe and driving while fatigued, risking distracted driving or falling asleep at the wheel.
The U.S. Department of Transportation oversees the trucking industry and posts regulations governing the inspection and maintenance of a company’s trucking fleet as well as the credentials and hours of service of its drivers. Yet truckers routinely ignore these regulations and drive well-beyond the maximum allowable hours, sometimes falsifying log books and other records to make them appear in compliance. Our truck accident lawyers are aware of these truck driver and trucking company tricks and will not allow them to get away with reprehensible behavior.
Get Help Today from Experienced Florida Trucking Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident due to a truck driver’s inexperience, negligence, or reckless driving, or because a truck was driven in a dangerously unsafe condition, contact Ellis, Ged & Bodden for a free consultation with one of our experienced motor vehicle accident attorneys. We are headquartered in Boca Raton with satellite offices throughout the state of Florida, and if your injuries prevent you from traveling to our offices, we will gladly come to you at your home or in the hospital so that we may help you recover compensation for the harm that was done to you.