This essay, provided by our Gainesville personal injury lawyers can introduce you to the basics of truck accident law — including relevant statistics, investigative procedures, and a key resource for legal help with your case.
Statistics to Keep in Mind
Large truck accidents cause over 5,000 fatalities every year, on average, according to the US Department of Transportation. Around 130,000+ nonfatal crashes occur annually, and around 63,000 of these crashes result in injuries. Florida has a terrible reputation for roadway fatalities – only by Texas and California see more road deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2004 and 2005, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Truck Safety Agency relaxed driving rules, allowing truckers to stay on the roads longer – up to 11 hours behind the wheel for semi-truck drivers – three more hours than what most independent analysts say is safe and rational.
Common Causes of Gainesville Truck Accidents
These include driver fatigue and distractibility, equipment failure and malfunction, problems with the road itself (e.g. potholes, failing traffic signals), and indirect factors such as inclement weather, other drivers, and "acts of god."
A Closer Look at "Hours of Service" Rules and Violations
Despite the relaxation of Hours of Service rules that we just discussed, many big rig drivers routinely break these rules to clock additional hours to earn more money.
Hours of Service violations cause or contribute to many injury accidents in Gainesville and elsewhere throughout Florida. A Gainesville truck accident attorney can help to pinpoint whether a violation of these rules occurred by examining driver’s logs, looking through electronic onboard recorders and log systems, checking accident reports, examining oil and gas receipts, combing through post-accident alcohol and drug tests, and even looking at cell phone records to triangulate where the driver was when he or she placed a call.
Gainesville Truck Accident Lawyers Building a Powerful Case to Get Compensation
The Gainesville truck collision attorneys of Farah & Farah (based out of Jacksonville) can help you organize and execute a powerful personal injury case to get you paid for your medical bills, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, time off work, and court costs (if applicable). Eddie Farah – one of the founders of Farah & Farah – recently got voted as the "best lawyer" in Jacksonville by the respected publication Folio Weekly. Contact the legal team directly by phone at (352) 505-8093 or by email to set up your free consultation.