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Truck Accident Fault May Come Down To A Question Of Hours

Truck Accident Fault May Come Down To A Question Of HoursThanks to the heavy population of Florida – it ranks fourth in the nation – plus the fact that it’s the top tourist state in the country, there are plenty of people on the roads within the state. And where there are drivers, there are unfortunately going to be accidents. In fact, about 248,000 accidents occur each year on average within the state, according to the most recent numbers. And of these, a very large number involve large trucks.

Trucking accidents can be incredibly dangerous, deadly, and damaging due to the sheer size and weight of the large tractor trailers that haul freight throughout the state. Large busses are similar, with heavy weights, large size, and plenty of numbers out there on the roads. One of the most well-known tragedies involved a 2011 accident in which a tour bus leaving a casino in Connecticut flipped and killed 15 people. These accidents occur in Florida as well, and are very serious.

That’s why there are so many different rules and regulations set in place to protect large vehicle drivers as well as the other motorists who are on the roads. When an accident involving these vehicles occurs, one of the first things that will be examined will be the log book the truck driver is required to keep. It’s kind of like the commercial vehicle industry’s version of the ‘black box’.

That driving log will have a big impact on whether or not motorists are able to seek financial compensation from the trucking company, insurance company, or other associated entity after an accident occurs. Some of the things that will be looked at in this log include:

The total number of hours a driver is allowed to drive during a single shift
• The total hours a driver can drive in one period of time without a break
• Amount of rest breaks taken – they’re required for every 8 hours of driving
• Number of hours driven during a full work week
• And more

All of these regulations are governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and since the previously mentioned bus accident they have begun to drastically amend and enforce all of the rules and regulations for drivers. The days of drivers heading on the road for 24 hour sessions at a time are long gone, and punishable by serious fines.

Despite this, you’ll still need a good, competent legal professional on your side if you’ve been injured in an accident related to a truck. A truck accident lawyer will be able to wade the murky waters of the law and determine not only if a driver can be held liable for your injuries, but also if a trucking company can be held at fault as well.

Frequently, trucking companies fail to enforce the regulations or check to ensure that all logs are being kept up properly. In these cases, they’ll be held responsible for your accident and as a result you can often seek financial compensation for your injuries.

However, trucking companies and their insurance companies will also be able to gain access to very skilled legal teams. It’s common for them to try to settle out of court for an amount that is less than fair, or to try to avoid paying anything at all. When that happens, getting help is important.

Truck accidents can lead to some of the most serious injuries out there, and if you suffer injuries in one you owe it to yourself to get the help that you need. We have more than 100 years’ experience in personal injury law, including in trucking accident law. Don’t hesitate to contact us to set up a free consultation and learn what your options are.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Truck Accident Fault May Come Down To A Question Of Hours

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