We Specialize in Trucking Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that Florida has the third worst record for highway deaths in the nation – just trailing Texas and California. According to the US Department of Transportation’s own statistics, in 2012 there were 3,921 fatalities and 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks in the U.S. Truth be told, out of control trucks threaten the lives and livelihoods of everyone who uses Florida’s highways and byways.
Factors That Contribute to Jacksonville Beach Truck Accidents
- Driver fatigue – thanks to 2004 and 2005 modifications to trucking rules, big rig operators are spending more and more time behind the wheel and not enough time getting adequate rest. For instance, the Truck Safety Agency in 2005 revised the rules to allow semi-truck drivers to work 14 hours a day. How is that safe? Studies for decades have shown that fatigued drivers are more likely to get into injury accidents.
- Driver negligence/errors – drivers who fail to load their cargo effectively, secure it properly, who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, who get careless or aggressive, or who call or text on their cell phones put other drivers and pedestrians at greater risk.
- Malfunctioning equipment – poorly designed or maintained trucks cause a significant number of accidents. If a truck’s brakes fail at an intersection, for instance, the driver may not be able to swerve in time to avoid a fatal rear-end collision. In such a case, victims can hold a repair shop, insurance company, or even the vehicle’s designer or manufacturer liable.
- Dangerous highway/road conditions – inclement weather, poor signage, construction work, and dozens of other factors can contribute to Jacksonville Beach truck accidents.
NHTSA statistics show that, unsurprisingly, truck accidents often result in injuries and deaths to car drivers, even when the truck drivers themselves are spared. This should be no surprise; trucks are much larger than cars. They weigh more and thus have more momentum on the road. When a truck is called upon to suddenly brake – decelerate – it exerts a tremendous amount of force – much more force than a typical car can exert going at the same speed.
Can I Get Compensation for My Trucking Accident Case?
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a truck collision in Jacksonville Beach, you may need to take decisive and timely action to protect your rights and to collect compensation for medical bills, wages lost, rehab costs, and punitive damages. Parties who might be liable include:
- The truck driver
- The truck driver’s insurer
- The owner of the trucking company
- Municipal entity responsible for maintaining safe road conditions
- Designer/manufacturer of the truck
Call a Jacksonville Beach Truck Accident Lawyer at 904-834-4043
To build a case, you will likely need legal representation. Trust the attorneys here at Farah & Farah for a free consultation. Eddie Farah was voted the best lawyer in Jacksonville by Folio Weekly, and Farah & Farah lawyers are members of the Florida Justice Association and the American Association of Justice. Connect with the team today via email or by calling 904-834-4043.