Gainesville Trucking Accident Lawyers
Big rigs, tractor-trailers, semis — no matter what you call them, they can spell danger on the road.
It’s nearly impossible for drivers of sedans and pickup trucks to miss seeing a semi on the highway or interstate. The sheer size of the long-haul trucks can make them easy to spot, but driving with and around semis can be dangerous for everyone involved, including the semi driver.
Florida Trucking Accidents
Semi truck drivers are placed under stringent time restrictions. They are expected to make deliveries within a certain window of time while traveling hundreds (and even thousands) of miles in just a day or two. Unavoidable pressures such as traffic jams, roadside accidents, inclement weather and road construction work can add stress to a truck driver who may worry he or she cannot make a timely delivery. And all of those pressures can also be the cause of trucking accidents.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents on the Highway or Interstate
Interstate drivers all have a story or two about being stuck behind a semi truck that was slow moving, and many highway drivers in smaller cars loathe being behind a large truck because it’s impossible to see the traffic lights and street signs. These frustrations can lead a driver to swerve and accelerate around a semi without using proper signaling or without using proper caution to the other drivers on the road. It should also be noted that while a semi is hard to miss, the semi driver has several large blind spots, making it extremely difficult -- if not sometimes impossible -- for the semi driver to see a car passing quickly on either side of the semi. This can lead to accidents that result in severe injuries for other drivers on the road.
Improper loading can also be the cause of a trucking accident. As a load shifts, it can cause the semi to overturn or cause the driver to lose control. An overturned truck can cause a massive pileup during rain, snow or heavy traffic, and all drivers involved are at risk for injury or death.
Poor weather is another major concern for truck drivers. While the semi may have the advantage of added weight, making it less likely they will slide on the road, it also makes it increasingly difficult for the driver to stop quickly. Accidents, inattentive drivers of other vehicles, and other road obstacles can lead to serious trucking accidents if the semi driver cannot stop in time. Quick stopping can also cause a semi to jackknife or skid uncontrollably in a V-shape which can be impossible for the driver to recover.
The stress and pressures placed on truck drivers can also be the reason for a trucking accident. It is possible for inattentive, drowsy or distracted drivers to turn nearly any situation into an accident, and if the driver’s reflexes are impaired due to being overly tired or distracted, a semi could end up rear-ending a much smaller vehicle.
And then of course there are trucking accidents that are not the fault of any driver. Faulty or malfunctioning equipment can lead to a tire blowout, bad brakes or a number of other dangers. Assigning fault for a trucking accident caused by defective machinery or parts can be difficult but it may be extremely important in order to prevent similar accidents in the future.
Personal Injury Claims Attorneys in Gainesville, FL
Semi truck drivers are held to much higher standards than drivers of personal or work vehicles. Semi truck drivers must go through vehicle inspections and weigh points, and there are regulations in place for driver qualifications, preventing driver fatigue, drug testing, truck maintenance and more. But these guidelines and restrictions don’t always prevent trucking accidents from happening.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a semi truck, seek counsel from a qualified personal injury attorney. Only a professional can accurately assess the situation and help you determine whether a personal injury claim or even a product liability claim can be filed so that you are able to receive some compensation. The personal injury attorneys of Warner, Sechrest & Butts have represented victims of trucking accidents and we understand the many complexities involved in the trucking regulation industry. From driver error and poor visibility to inclement weather and defective products, we have seen it all and we can help you determine the best course of action. Even if you feel the accident is your fault, there may be other circumstances of which you are not fully aware. Trust Warner, Sechrest & Butts in Gainesville to help you get back on the road after a big rig trucking accident.