Hudson Truck Accident Lawyer
Car accidents are an everyday occurrence in Florida. But truck accidents are generally far more serious than most car accidents. A fully loaded commercial 18-wheeler is a deadly weapon pointed at every other vehicle on the highway. So when something goes wrong with that truck, the consequences may devastate dozens of people and their families.
When a truck accident is the result of negligence on the part of the driver or some other party, the victims have the right to demand answers–and compensation. A skilled Hudson truck accident lawyer can represent you in seeking damages from the responsible parties. At Florin Gray, our Florida personal injury team understands how to properly investigate these accidents and deal with the myriad of trucking companies and insurers involved in such cases. Let us focus on the legal aftermath so you can focus on getting better.
How Truck Accidents Differ from Car Accidents in Florida
In a regular car accident, it is typically not too difficult to identify the negligent driver who can be held responsible through a personal injury claim. With truck accidents, however, determining liability is often more complicated due to the number of parties that may be involved with a commercial truck. Obviously, you start with the person driving the truck, since they were the one behind the wheel when the accident occurred. But depending the facts of a given case, there may be a number of other parties who are also liable, including:
- the person or company that owned the truck, if it was different than the driver;
- the person or company that hired the truck to make its delivery;
- the manufacturer of the truck or one of its parts; and
- third-party contractors responsible for loading and securing the cargo.
One thing to note is that unlike individuals driving personal vehicles, interstate commercial truck drivers are subject to strict regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These rules include limits on how long a driver can stay on the road without taking a certain amount of hours to rest. Many commercial truck accidents are the result of drivers ignoring or skirting these “hours of service” rules and, as a result, continue to operate their vehicles while fatigued.
In addition to driver fatigue, some other common examples of negligence leading to a truck accident include:
- the truck was overloaded or its cargo was not properly secured;
- the driver was intoxicated by alcohol or drugs;
- the driver was distracted; and
- the truck had a malfunction or defect that was not detected due to a lack of proper maintenance.
Contact Florin Gray Today
Although Florida’s no-fault insurance system covers many minor injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, truck crashes often cause far more serious injuries that go beyond the scope of what personal injury protection can deal with. That is why it is important to work with an experienced Hudson truck accidents lawyer who can review your case and advise you of your legal rights. Contact Florin Gray, today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.