Truck Accident Lawyer in Plantation
Injured in an truck accident? Contact a Plantation truck accident attorney!
Truck accidents are responsible for causing thousands of injuries and deaths across the country each year. Large commercial vehicles account for a huge percentage of accidents and deaths on Florida's highways. One out of every eight traffic fatalities is caused by a collision with a large truck and most often passengers of automobiles are the ones killed in these accidents. Because semi-trucks weigh 20-30 times more than passenger vehicles, they are likely to cause severe injury or death when involved in a crash. If you have been harmed, speak to a Plantation injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Jason T. Corsover as soon as possible.
There are a number of factors which can lead to truck accidents, including:
- Driver Fatigue: When operating a vehicle the size of a semi-truck, drivers must be especially cautious in regards to road conditions, weather conditions, and others on the road. Truck drivers are notorious for driving long hours without rest, and this type of careless behavior can increase the likelihood of causing an accident, especially when driving on high-speed interstates.
- Driver Skill Level: When a truck driver is properly trained and licensed to a drive commercial vehicle, the result is an improved performance which will keep others safe on the road. Unfortunately, many new truck drivers are given inadequate training for the jobs they are expected to perform. Oftentimes, the training courses offered by public and private truck driving schools are ineffective and new drivers are given only a fraction of the training they should receive before starting work.
- Vehicle Safety: Considering the size and weight of commercial trucks, it is very important that these vehicles undergo rigorous safety inspections and be properly maintained. Sometimes trucking companies neglect to evaluate the safety of their trucks periodically and fail to maintain these vehicles in ways that will prevent malfunctions and accidents. When a manufacturer, company, or driver is responsible for compromising the safety of a truck, they can be held liable for any damages caused by the vehicle.
About the Electronic On-Board Recorder
In 2011, the FMCSA proposed a rule regarding the mandatory installation of Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs) for all interstate commercial trucks. The EOBR, also referred to as the black box, is a small electronic device that records all of the vital information regarding the truck. This can be everything from how much time has been driven, the speed of the vehicle, as well as how much brake pressure was applied. The proposed law has since been shot down by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, however, many companies still require their trucks to carry the device.
If you were involved in an accident with a vehicle that had the device installed, you will need to get the immediate assistance of a knowledgeable attorney who will be able to help you protect this information as quickly as possible. This could play a vital role in the outcome of your case as it could maintain vital information about the circumstances leading up to the accident. This could prove invaluable in proving fault and helping to prove your case. Therefore, your attorney will need to move quickly to protect it from being wiped or otherwise damaged during accident investigation.
Statistics About Accidents with 18 Wheelers
In 2006, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that there were over 368,000 police-reported crashes involving a large truck – 4,000 of which were fatal and 77,000 of which resulted in injuries. With over 222,000,000,000 vehicle miles traveled (VMT), this calculated out to be about 2.4 fatalities per 100 VMT and 51 injuries per 100 VMT. The FMCSA also reported between 2001 and 2003, the average cost of a crash was about $91,000.
With countless causes (as described above), it is vital that victims of truck accidents get the legal assistance that they deserve. When looking to file a claim or pursue a lawsuit following a large commercial truck accident, it is important to recognize that these claims will not only be against a single driver and their insurance company, but an entire company. These companies have deep pockets and will go to great lengths to ensure a claim is settled for as little as possible.
Plantation Trucking Accident Attorney
You therefore need an aggressive Plantation injury lawyer on your side who will be willing to do everything possible to help you recover the just amount of compensation. At the Law Offices of Jason T. Corsover, we have years of experience in personal injury law and will be able to go above and beyond for you. We recognize what is on the line with cases of this nature and we will do everything that we can to ensure that our clients are given the support that the truly deserve.