Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyers
Get Compensation for 18-Wheeler and Big Rig Crashes
With the average tractor-trailer weighing about 80,000 pounds with a full load of cargo, accidents involving these vehicles and smaller vehicles can be catastrophic. 18-wheeler accidents usually cause massive damage in ways that no other accident can, with the occupants of smaller cars and motorcycles suffering potentially fatal injuries ranging from broken bones and fractures to traumatic brain injuries.
Truckers spend countless hours traveling from state-to-state delivering their cargo. Whether the cause of your truck accident was a fatigued trucker who caused a serious rollover accident on I-75, someone with a troubling driving history, or a poorly maintained truck that jackknifed into oncoming traffic, we can help. Farrow & Pulice is well-versed in investigating trucking companies, determining the cause of trucking accidents, and holding negligent parties accountable for their actions.
What Makes Tractor-Trailer Trucks So Dangerous?
Trucking companies and drivers are responsible for taking all precautions necessary to safely share the road with other vehicles. That's because semi-trucks are among the largest vehicles seen on Florida roads and highways. Several factors exist that make tractor-trailer trucks more dangerous than other vehicles. These include:
- Size and weight: The impact between a fully-loaded tractor-trailer and a smaller vehicle is rarely minor. Due to the size and weight of a truck, injuries can range from broken bones to paralyzing spinal cord injuries or result in death.
- Poor braking ability: The average 18-wheeler needs 350 feet to fully come to stop when traveling at highway speeds. A truck unable to stop due to poor vehicle maintenance is capable of rolling over or causing a rear-end accident involving multiple vehicles.
- Maneuverability: Truckers may be unable to avoid hazards such as accidents, road debris or other vehicles when steering systems aren't properly maintained by trucking companies, leading to catastrophic accidents.
- Overloading: When a trucker or trucking company knowingly exceeds cargo weight limits, extra wear is placed on the vehicle. Braking, steering and controlling the vehicle becomes much more difficult.
Highway Truck Accidents
Some of the congested highways in Southwestern Florida, including I-75, I-275 and Route 70, are prone to high-speed tractor-trailer accidents. Many truckers hauling their cargo travel on these roads. Our attorneys in Sarasota know that sometimes they are operating with overloaded trailers. They may be fatigued. They may be distracted or speeding as they try to reach their destination in time. Any of these factors put other drivers at risk.
Many of the state's most serious truck accidents occur on the highway. At highway speeds, an 80-ton commercial truck colliding with a small passenger car or motorcycle can have tragic consequences. If you or a loved one was seriously injured or a loved one was killed in an 18-wheeler accident due to negligence, an experienced attorney in Sarasota at Farrow & Pulice, P.A. is ready to protect your rights.
Factors that Lead To a Highway Truck Accident
In Florida, truckers have an obligation for safe conduct under the conditions prevailing at that time and place. For example, a truck driver may be observing the speed limit, but fails to slow down in time for congestion, road construction or other conditions. The trucker may be liable in a rear-end collision under Florida's standard of negligence.
Other factors that may play a role in a highway truck accident in Florida include:
- Driver fatigue
- Drugs or alcohol (DUI)
- Truck exceed legal hauling weight limit
- Improperly maintained brake system
- Excessive speed
Let Us Protect Your Rights. Contact Farrow & Pulice Today.
Hold reckless truckers and careless trucking companies accountable for their dangerous behavior. The experienced legal team at Farrow & Pulice is ready to stand up for you. Call us today at 866-408-1220 or contact our firm online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our law firm has offices in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Englewood, Lakewood Ranch and Port Charlotte that are centrally located to major hospitals for your convenience.