Accidents involving large trucks are among the most serious and most deadly in the state of Florida. Zervos & Calta recognize that handling these cases requires a thorough understanding of commercial vehicle regulations on both the federal and state level.
Truck driver fatigue is a common problem as hours of service regulations are routinely violated. Careful examination of records after an accident often shows serious and even fraudulent violations of state and federal safety regulations. Florida attempts to deal with this by imposing strict rules on the number of hours a driver can be at the wheel of a large truck.
Generally, any person who operates a commercial motor vehicle solely in intrastate commerce not transporting any hazardous material, may not be on duty more than 72 hours in any period of 7 consecutive days. Despite this rule, careful examination of records after an accident often shows serious and even fraudulent violations of those safety regulations.
However, trucking companies are only required to maintain many of those records for six months. Without obtaining those records before they are destroyed, the injured person or survivors of a person killed in a truck wreck have a much more difficult time proving the trucking company’s negligence.
The following represents facts and figures regarding large truck accidents and the serious damages they inflict on our roadways every year:
What you do in the crucial few minutes immediately following an accident with a truck can have a huge impact on how well you recover both physically and financially. Unfortunately, however, your thinking during these first few minutes will likely be clouded by the natural fear and disorientation you may feel.
These feelings can be further compounded if you or a loved one were injured in the accident. Despite the limitations of the situation, it is vital that you understand clearly what accident information to gather at the scene so that you can have access to the information you need to ensure a full recovery.
Before any personal or truck accident information is exchanged, the health and safety of everyone involved should be protected. First and foremost, any injuries should be attended to and police and medical personnel should be called. Vehicles should be moved out of the road if possible, and the entire area should be inspected for potentially dangerous conditions.
Once it is safe to do so, it is vital that you acquire specific information about the accident and the other drivers involved.
The information about other drivers involved that you will need to collect will include:
In addition, it is important that you write down the names of any witnesses to the accident. Take pictures, if possible, of damage to your vehicle and of the entire accident scene. All of this information may be vital for your insurance claim and to receive compensation if you find yourself needing to file a legal claim down the road.
Clear thinking at the time of the accident and accurate gathering of pertinent truck accident information may make the difference between having to cover the medical and property damage costs on your own and receiving the compensation to which you are entitled.
In order to effectively pursue a truck accident case to its fullest potential, the lawyer you hire must be experienced in the field and well-versed in the laws surrounding trucks and their drivers. Zervos & Calta will personally represent you to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve!
To discuss your injuries and your case with an experienced truck accident attorney, contact us by filling out the form on the right or call 727-937-3171 to schedule a free phone consultation.
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We also work with clients in Trinity, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, Westchase, Hudson, Elfers, Holiday, Bayonet Point, and New Port Richey.