In an earlier study of truck crash causation, the FMCSA found that of large trucks involved in all crashes – both single- and multi-vehicle – 55% of the trucks or their drivers were the “critical reason” for the crash. In two-vehicle crashes, trucks or their drivers were the “critical reason” in 44% of the crashes. Semi-truck drivers and other commercial vehicle drivers have a duty to maintain road safety and handle their truck properly. When that duty is breached, an accident occurs and victims find themselves turning to Tallahasse truck accident attorneys.
Types of Trucking Accidents on Florida Roadways
There are 274,000 lane miles in Florida, ranking its roadway system the seventh largest in the country. Florida has approximately 1,500 total miles of interstate highways. If you have driven on the east coast’s north – south I-95, through the infamous I-4 corridor, crossed the state through the Florida Everglades on I-75’s Alligator Alley, or driven up or down the Florida Turnpike, you are already aware of the high number of big commercial vehicles commanding the roads, often traveling at breakneck speeds.
More trucks and the vast expanse of roads for them to travel on means more crashes. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were close to 45,000 commercial vehicle crashes in Florida in 2018 alone. By the end of January of 2019, more than 3,000 big trucks had already been in accidents in Florida. Some of the most common — and dangerous — types of commercial vehicles on Florida roadways are:
- Tractor-trailers, often referred to as 18-wheelers, semi trucks, or big rigs
- Heavy haulers that require an escort because they transport loads too large for roads
- Flatbed trucks, often used for transporting lumber
- Tankers, such as oil trucks, have a long tube on the back instead of a trailer to carry liquid cargo
- Cement mixers, the trucks with large cylinders that mix cement as they rotate
- Refrigerator trucks, used to transport perishable items that require refrigeration
- Garbage trucks found in every neighborhood and commercial area
- Dump trucks, often seen traveling to and from construction sites carrying heavy loads of dirt, rock and soil
How Our Tallahassee Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help
During a truck crash investigation, the experienced Florida truck accident lawyers at Searcy Denney take effective steps to determine if the driver was using a cell phone or participating in some other form of distracted driving at the time of your accident.
- Our expert analyzes the black box data for erratic driving behavior, such as swerving, wild steering corrections, or failing to brake.
- Our truck crash attorneys meticulously watch the driver’s dash-cam for signs of distracted conduct.
- We can even subpoena phone records to pinpoint the times the driver sent and received phone calls and text messages.
The trucking company and their insurance carrier have every incentive to offer you a lowball settlement. Their job is to minimize the costs of their driver’s mistakes. And yet, the corporation is usually culpable for the driver’s errors — for example, hiring an unqualified driver, pressuring the driver to speed or text, failing to maintain the truck or encouraging false hours of service log entries.
We have substantial resources and special knowledge to investigate complex truck accident cases. You face many challenges in the weeks, months and years after your 18-wheeler wreck, but our personal injury lawyers in Tallahassee will handle every aspect associated with recovering and examining the evidence surrounding your accident to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Give our firm a call and schedule a consultation with a top Tallahassee truck accident attorney.