Florida Truck Accident Attorneys

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

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.

Truck Accident Statistics

The following represents facts and figures regarding large truck accidents and the serious damages they inflict on our roadways every year:

  • Over 11% of all traffic fatalities resulted from a collision involving a large truck.
  • Over 250,000 large trucks (gross vehicle weight rating were involved in traffic crashes in the United States.
  • More than 3000 people have died and an additional 70,000 have been injured in large truck crashes each year.
  • Large trucks have accounted for 7 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes and 3 percent of all vehicles involved in injury and property-damage-only crashes.
  • Almost three-quarter of all fatalities in large truck crashes were occupants of other vehicles involved in the crash.
  • Large trucks were much more likely to be involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle crash – as opposed to a fatal single-vehicle crashes.
  • Most of the fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in rural areas, during the daytime, and on weekdays.

What to do after an accident

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.

Safety First

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.

Exchanging information

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:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Telephone number
  • Driver’s license number and expiration date
  • Insurance company information
  • Make, model, and license plate number of car involved

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.

Call a Truck Accident Law Firm

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.

Visit us in one of our convenient office locations in Spring Hill, Tarpon SpringsSt. Petersburg, and Clearwater.