Clearwater Florida Truck Accident Lawyer FAQs

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  • What are the Dangers of a Florida Underride or Override Truck Accident?

    Because commercial trucks are so much bigger than most of the other vehicles on the road, they can cause a significant amount of damage. Large commercial trucks are generally built to the same specifications, which means there are several common types of accidents that are caused by commercial trucks.

    Two of the most common and dangerous types of truck accidents are underride accidents and override accidents.

    How Underride Accidents Occur & The Dangers of Such a Crash

    An underride accident occurs when a smaller passenger vehicle drives underneath a commercial truck. This can happen by switching lanes while driving alongside a commercial truck, or while driving behind a truck, when the truck comes to a sudden or unexpected stop. These types of accidents cause substantial damage to the passenger vehicle because, often, the top of the vehicle can come off altogether, exposing the passengers to a myriad of dangers.

    How Override Accidents Occur

    An override accident is very similar to an underride accident, except that this occurs when a large commercial truck drives over a smaller vehicle, motorcycle, or pedestrian. The results of an override accident are very similar to those of an underride accident.

    If you have been injured in a truck accident because of an underride or override accident, you may be eligible for compensation for:

    • your medical expenses;
    • any physical pain that you have experienced, as well as any emotional suffering;
    • any wages that you have lost because of the inability to return to work; and
    • any wages that you may lose in the future, because of the inability to return to gainful employment.

    Have You Been Injured In A Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • Who is Responsible for an Unsecured Load that Leads to a Florida Trucking Accident?

    The truck driver, the company that owns the truck, and the company whose job it was to load and secure the cargo can all potentially be held responsible for an unsecured load that leads to a trucking accident. By hiring a trucking accident attorney, you can be sure you are pursuing all the financial compensation from each person responsible.

    First, the driver is responsible for adhering to the rules of the road. Because they drive larger vehicles, truckers have a larger responsibility to drive carefully. Overworked truck drivers trying to make more money by going longer distances in shorter times can cause trucking accidents when they drive erratically and topple an unsecured load.

    Second, the company that owns the truck can also be found at fault. Old or worn truck hardware that gives out can release a load onto the highway. Common cargo like construction supplies, logs, or even cars can come tumbling off of a truck bed if its parts are worn, creating an unsecured load.

    Third, and often overlooked, is the company that loaded and secured the cargo on the truck can also be found at fault. An experienced trucking accident attorney knows to investigate all who could be at fault in your Florida trucking accident and this is yet another outlet for financial compensation.

    Have You Been Injured In A Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • Are There Any Laws That Dictate Whether a Semi-Truck Driver Can Text While Driving?

    In 2010, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a federal ban on texting while driving for commercial truck drivers. This ban prohibits texting while driving by operators of commercial motor vehicles such as large trucks and buses. The move was meant to prevent the occurrence of truck accidents.

    After the action was announced, LaHood stated, "We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe... this is an important safety step and we will be taking more to eliminate the threat of distracted driving."

    Under the new ban on texting while driving, truck drivers who text while driving may be penalized by legal fines of up to $2,750. According to a study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, those who participate in texting while driving are distracted for an average of 4.6 seconds of every 6 seconds that they text. This can result in a truck accident, which may cause serious or fatal injuries.

    If you have been injured in a truck accident in Florida and you suspect that the truck driver was texting while driving, you'll want to tell your lawyer to help you obtain the driver's cell phone records. Showing that a truck driver was texting while driving leading up to your truck accident can help prove negligence and help support your truck accident claim.

    Recover Compensation if You Were a Victim Semi-Truck Accident

    • medical expenses
    • lost wages
    • pain and suffering
    • mental anguish
    • permanent disabilities
    • disfigurement
    • other accident-related expenses

    Have You Been Injured In A Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

  • Who Makes Sure that Trucking Companies Operating in Florida and Elsewhere are Following Federal Regulations?

    The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency that establishes federal trucking regulations.

    Standards and Guidelines for the U.S. Trucking Industry

    • drug and alcohol regulations
    • the hours of service that drivers may operate
    • qualifications for truck drivers
    • trucking company safety standards
    • standards for emissions and noise
    • requirements for inspection, maintenance and repair
    • weight, length, and width limitations

    In addition to the federal trucking laws established by the FMCSA, truckers in Florida must also abide by the rules established by Florida's Department of Transportation.

    A violation of these regulations can result in a truck accident. If you have been injured in a truck accident in Florida, and the accident was the result of someone else's negligence, you may be eligible for compensation in a truck accident claim.

    Negligence in a Truck Accident in Florida

    • truck driver error
    • truck inspection error
    • failing to properly load the truck's cargo
    • failing to obey federal truck driving laws
    • driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
    • driving under adverse road conditions

    Have You Been Injured In A Truck Accident?

    If you've been hurt in Florida motorcycle accident you should speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.