Commercial Truck Accidents are on the rise in Florida according to the The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). They report that during the first month of 2019, there were more than 3,000 commercial vehicle crashes in the state of Florida. In 2018, Florida had a total of 44,808 commercial vehicle crashes, an increase over the previous year’s total of 43,920 commercial vehicle crashes.
Due to the sheer size of tractor trailers, injuries sustained by an accident with one would typically result in more serious injuries. Many different factors can contribute to tractor-trailer accidents, including inadequate training of drivers, driver fatigue,, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, etc.
There were more than 2.7 million tractor-trailers registered in the United States in 2016, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Commercial vehicle drivers are governed by both federal and state regulations; however federal regulations establish the guidelines for coupling and decoupling of tractor trailers to ensure safety is the same across the nation.
Although it may seem that things get complicated quickly once you’re involved in an accident with a semi-truck, there are personal injury laws in place meant to protect those who have been injured in tractor-trailer accidents due to negligence. In the majority of cases, these commercial truck operators have insurance policies with higher limits than those of standard vehicle operators and often times, there is more than one entity sharing financial responsibility if there is a truck accident. This may include not only the driver of the tractor-trailer but also the truck’s owner, the company that leased the trailer, the trailer manufacturer.
Personal injury law is based on the issue of negligence and it must be proven that negligence was the cause of the accident and subsequent injuries. In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims – the legal time frame for filing in the civil court — is four years from the time the accident occurred. It is important to take note of this legal deadline because failure to file the claim with the court system in that four-year time frame will result in a dismissal and you will have lost the opportunity to recover any lost wages or compensation for your injuries.
To learn more about your rights after you have been involved in a tractor trailer accident, contact the attorneys at The Truck Accident Law Firm. If you or someone you know has been injured in a Truck, Bus or another vehicle accident in Florida, we are here to help. The Truck Accident Law Firm will fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn more about what we will do to fight for you. Call 888-511-TRUCK, all consultations are free and you will not pay a fee until we win for you.