Truck accidents are among the most horrific crashes known to the highways and our legal justice. Throughout Southwest Florida, there are many major roads, highways, and commercial corridors where semi truck traffic is heavy every day of the week.
Trucking is a vital part of our commerce. Virtually every product we purchase from any store has been trucked in by hardworking truckers and trucking companies. Those who drive with purpose and put safety first should be lauded for the good work they do.
Negligent Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies Cause Serious Semi Accidents
There are many pressures to truck throughout Florida and the U.S., however, and some trucking companies and truck drivers seek to ease the demand by cutting corners, violating basic safety rules of the road, and breaching trucking safety regulations. These truck drivers and truck companies put all of us at risk on the road, and when they do, the consequences are often catastrophic.
Negligence has no place in trucking. 18 wheelers, big rigs, and semi trucks often weigh 30-40 tons, which means 60,0000 to 80,000 pounds. Drivers of cars, SUVs, vans, and small trucks are no match massive tractor semi trailers.
When a large truck is not properly serviced and maintained, or the truck driver is not qualified driving carelessly, drivers of cars, vans, and light trucks and their passengers are at risk and too often are severely injured or killed. Throughout the State of Florida, for example, there are an average of 12,561 trucking accidents with injury every year according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
Locally, the devastating results of truck crash injuries are similarly all too frequent. Here are average yearly totals in Southwest Florida communities:
- Charlotte County: 100 truck accident injuries per
- Collier County: 92 truck crash injuries per year
- Hendry County: 40 truck injuries per year
- Lee County: 330 truck crash injuries yearly
- Sarasota County: 202 trucking accident injuries per year
Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies Must Comply With Trucking Regulations and Rules of the Road
Truck drivers have to be qualified to operate a large truck with a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Truck drivers have a responsibility to obey trucking regulations, the rules of the road, inspect and maintain their rig, and transport cargo only when it is safe to do so. Truck drivers often have demanding schedules, but they are prohibited from driving excessive hours or when they are too tired to drive safely.
Trucking companies also have an obligation to ensure that their trucks are operated by qualified CDL drivers, and a duty to know each of its drivers’ backgrounds and driving history. Many truckers have a checkered driving history, and it is the trucking company’s responsibility to keep such drivers off the highway. Trucking companies must operate their trucks safely, and this requires the company to inspect their semis, perform maintenance of their trucks, train or employ only skilled truck drivers, and obey all trucking regulations.
Accident Lawyer Helps Truck Injury Victims Obtain Compensation for Injuries and Losses
Survivors of a large truck crash injured by the negligence of a trucking company and truck driver are entitled to compensation for their injuries. When tragedy strikes, accident lawyer David Harris of Harris Law Firm seeks answers and justice.
Harris Law Firm seeks full compensation from negligent truck drivers and careless trucking companies. Financial security for your catastrophic injuries, harms, and losses through full compensation may provide peace of mind so that you can focus on healing. Call for a free consultation and discussion of your circumstances 888-294-8090.