Florida roads are a hot-spot for trucking danger. In 2010, Florida saw nearly 3,000 accidents involving large trucks. This resulted in 1,533 injuries and 82 deaths.
Large trucks are a serious hazard to all other vehicles on the road. And when you look at the numbers, you’ll see why. Large trucks can have a gross vehicle weight of 80,000 pounds, but the average personal vehicle only weights around 4,000 pounds. The science of physics usually means that a catastrophic result will occur when the two vehicles collide.
In an effort to curb trucking danger, state and federal laws were enacted to ensure that truck drivers operate in a safe and secure manner. In Florida, commercial truck drivers must stop their vehicles to inspect that their cargo is secure within the first 50 miles and again every 150 miles or three hours. Truck drivers must also follow specific safety procedures during bad weather. If a truck driver fails to observe these regulations, he or she could face both criminal and civil liability.
After an accident involving a large truck, you may face mounting medical costs and no way to earn a living. An attorney should review the facts of your case to determine who may be liable for your damages. The list of potential parties may include:
An experienced Florida truck accident attorney can ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Office of Paul B. Genet, P.A. today.