There is no denying that Florida is a busy place. While certain times of the year have more traffic than others, our pleasant weather usually ensures that the streets stay crowded. Florida is also a state that has plenty of large commercial trucks going through.
We’re talking about the eighteen-wheeler or “semi” trucks. They are everywhere, though you probably don’t pay attention to them unless you find yourself driving near one. Then you just stay away from it. While these trucks are usually safe, there are times when a truck company or driver is negligent and causes harm.
If you need a truck accident attorney in Fort Lauderdale, the Dante Law Firm is ready to help.
There are around 9 million people employed in trucking-related jobs in the US, with an estimated 15.5 million trucks on the road. Trucking is a major industry, really the lifeblood of the country. We rely on trucks more than any other method for shipping goods, but that’s not all they do.
Trucks work in the construction industry as well (cement trucks, dump trucks, crane haulers, etc.).
With so many trucks on the road, there are some pretty strict regulations that companies and drivers have to follow.
Drivers have a certain amount of hours they are allowed to drive in a 24-hour period. Violating these laws can lead to them driving without sleep. This could cause major accidents on the roadway.
Another major cause of concern is drivers operating while impaired by alcohol or driving while distracted by their phones or other devices, the consequences of which could be deadly.
Also regulated is the amount of weight a truck can haul. If a company or driver attempt to haul more than they should in an attempt to make more money, there is a higher probability of an accident occurring.
What happens if a truck is not regularly inspected and maintained?
Many trucking companies are smaller businesses with less operating cash. This could lead to them skipping regular maintenance. If they do this, there could be major failure on the part of a truck engine, brakes, tires, or other part of the truck. If this happens when a driver is on a highway, it could cause a mass casualty situation.
Getting injured in a truck accident can be both scary. If you have to go to the hospital, medical bills could pile up quickly. If you have to miss work, you may not be able to support yourself or your family.
Will insurance cover all of your expenses?
We know the last thing you plan on when you hit the road is to get into an accident with a large commercial truck. Unfortunately, no matter how safe of a driver you are, there is no way to compete with the size of a commercial truck if something goes wrong. The damage and injuries can be devastating. At the Dante Law Firm, we want to make sure you are compensated fairly if someone else was at fault in your accident. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 305-949-2526 for a free consultation.