We’ve all heard the stories and seen the horrific results of what can happen when a large truck collides with a passenger vehicle. Large trucks account for only about 3% of auto accidents, yet because of their sheer size and weight, a semi-truck or 18-wheeler can cause incredible damage to the other vehicles involved and their passengers.
Each year big trucks are involved in accidents that cause approximately 5,000 fatalities and 130,000 injuries. According to the US Department of Transportation, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes during 2012 alone. Often these accidents are the result of trucking safety or driving law violations. State and federal regulations often come into play in a truck collision. Truck accident cases can be complicated because the truck, trailer and contents can be owned by different companies and operated by yet other independent companies. For this reason, it’s imperative that you work with a Florida truck accident attorney who is skilled in this area of litigation.
I am on the National Advisory Board of the Association of Plaintiff’s Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA) and I often speak to other attorneys around the nation on this very complex area of the law.
Have you or someone you love been injured in a truck accident as a result of someone else’s negligence? It is important that you contact an experienced trucking lawyer as soon as possible. The preservation of evidence needed to prove your claim is of utmost importance and may be lost or destroyed if not preserved immediately.