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Truck Accidents

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truck_accidentsTractor-trailers traveling the roads in Florida has increased over the past few years throughout Volusia and Flagler County. The direct route for commercial truck drivers to go from south Florida to northeast is traveled heavily by tractor-trailers. More truck related accidents are happening on our busy interstate highways.

Tractor trailers are dangerous because most accidents involving a vehicle of this size and weight is likely to have tragic results. A tractor trailer can weigh approximately 85,000 pounds. Vehicles that are much smaller, motorcycles, pick-up trucks and other SUV type vehicles usually do not hold out when the force of a tractor trailer collides into them.

Some Cause of Truck Accident:
There are many factors that cause truck accidents. Text messaging and other cell phone use while driving has increased over the past few years. There have been laws made by federal and state legislatures banning cell phone use while behind the wheel of a commercial truck.

Because of the weight of tractor-trailer trucks, controlling, slowing down and preparing to stop can result in dangerous conditions on the highways. If the driver has to make an abrupt correction or try to slow down and stop too quickly, a vehicle of this size and weight can jackknife and overturn resulting in devastating crashes.

Fatigue is another factor of truck crashes. Tractor trailer drivers sometimes become fatigued because they drive for long hours to make scheduled deliveries. Truck drivers are known to take stimulants to delay their fatigue which is a recipe for disaster.

Trucking Companies:
The cause of truck accidents can also be due to trucking company negligence. Owners of commercial trucking companies have regulations to follow on the condition and operation of their vehicle, including maintenance and the time a driver should be operating the vehicle.

Commercial truck drivers must have a commercial driving license to operate a truck or trailer with weights up to 26,000 lbs. or more. The driver has to be certified for the type of truck he or she is operating.

Employers of commercial truck drivers are responsible for checking driving history reports, employment history and criminal history. These drivers are required to maintain and have current medical examinations which the employer is responsible to monitor.

Various Factors for the Truck Accident Legal Case:
There will be a crash report prepared by the responding and investigating officer. Most times the Florida Department of Transportation will conduct an investigation. Depending on the outcome of the investigator’s report, the Florida State Attorney’s office may investigate for criminal violations made by the truck driver.

Everyone has seen movies about airplane crashes where investigators are searching for the “black box.” This “black box” is not just in the movies and it’s not just in airplanes. Most tractor trailers have a “black box” that records electronic data such as GPS location. The preservation of this black box is paramount to proving the case.

These types of accidents are very complex. The truck and trailer can have separate owners. Therefore, there could be various insurance coverages.
The need to determine what factors caused the accident and who is liable for the accident and damages takes an experienced attorney.

You have legal rights to pursue a case against at-fault tractor-trailer drivers and possibly the commercial trucking company that could also be responsible for the crash that caused injury, pain, suffering, lost wages, medical expenses and other damages to you.

If you have suffered injury in a crash involving a truck, call Zimmet & Zimmet who has personal injury attorneys that have successfully handled many complex truck accidents.

We know what needs to be documented during the investigation and how to handle the entire complex legal process. Having the right attorney could make the difference in obtaining all the compensation you should receive.

Call us today to talk about your options.

Zimmet & Zimmet is located in Daytona Beach, FL and serves clients from Orlando to Jacksonville.
Cities: Daytona Beach, Orlando, , Jacksonville, Orange City, Deltona, Palm Coast, New Smyrna Beach, Flagler Beach, Sanford, Ormond Beach, Port Orange.
Counties: Volusia, Orange, Duval, Seminole, and Flagler.

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