Tallahassee Truck Accident Attorney
Truck accidents are unlike any other auto accident on the road. They involve massive vehicles, often carrying huge and possibly unstable or unsecured loads, which can lead to serious injuries and property damage in the event of a collision. They are uncommon as well, unfortunately, with statistics compiled by the Florida Department Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles revealing that heavy trucks were involved in 1,821 injury crashes in 2010, with truck-tractors (cabs) playing a part in 1,533.
Because truck accidents can leave you with devastating injuries, it is important to understand your rights after the wreck and what legal options you may possess. The following are a few basic facts to help.
Truck Accidents Have Many Causes
There is no one single reason for all of the truck accidents that occur. Some common causes of truck accidents include:
- an unstable or unsecured load that falls in the path of another driver;
- errors made on the part of the truck driver, whether because he or she was distracted, tired, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- malfunctioning equipment within the truck;
- poor weather conditions, which caused the truck driver to maneuver erratically; and
- under qualified or unqualified drivers who did not drive the vehicle proficiently.
Trucking and Shipping Companies May Be Liable
While the truck driver may have directly been involved in the accident, sometimes it is the trucking company that is liable for what occurred on the road. The company may be liable for its employee’s (the truck driver’s) actions and may be responsible for damages.
A trucking company may be directly negligent and liable for the accident. It might choose to overwork its drivers in order to expedite transportation or use the services of unqualified drivers. In this case, a trucking company could be liable for its actions, which ultimately contributed to a wreck.
Additionally, a shipping company could shoulder some of the liability because its load may have not been secured on the trailer or was over the weight or size limits allowed by federal regulations. The trucker and trucking company are also responsible for ensuring the load is secure and meets federal regulations.
Proving Fault for the Truck Accident
You must establish that a truck driver or other party is responsible for the accident. This requires evidence, which may include the trucking company’s records, the driver’s work history, and information from the truck’s black box or log books. These records can indicate how these factors may have contributed to the accident, and an attorney can help you obtain them. This may require sending a spoliation letter to the insurance company in a timely manner to avoid destruction of the evidence.
Contact a Tallahassee Truck Accident Attorney
A trucking accident can be a frightening experience that results in severe injuries and damages. If you have been seriously hurt in a trucking wreck in Tallahassee, contact the attorneys at Barrett, Fasig & Brooks immediately. We can help secure the proof you need in your case in order to recover fair compensation. Please contact us today at 850-224-3310.