Truck drivers have a very important job delivering goods across Florida and the rest of the United States. Unfortunately, as Reuters reports, there is a significant shortage of qualified truckers in the country and the shortage is only likely to get worse in the coming years.
With too few experienced truckers, trucking companies may be forced to hire drivers with less training or may encourage the drivers they have to work longer hours. Both of these things can increase the risk of truck collisions. Of course, a truck accident can happen at any time no matter how knowledgeable the trucker is, especially if the driver is negligent or careless about following the rules of the road.
When a truck accident happens, victims could be hurt or killed. The truck driver and potentially the trucking company may be held legally liable. Steinger, Iscoe & Greene can help victims of truck accidents in the Tampa area take legal action after a crash. Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
Trucks may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, according to federal regulations. Since the typical passenger vehicle weighs less than 5,000 pounds, the impact from a truck crash usually has very serious consequences for motorists in passenger cars. Those involved in truck accidents could lose their lives or could suffer serious and permanent injuries like spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injury.
After a truck crash, the person or the company responsible for the collision should compensate the victim for:
Truck companies typically have larger insurance policies than individual drivers as well as more available funds to cover losses. Because of agency rules that make employers responsible for their employees, trucking companies are frequently liable when their drivers cause a collision. An attorney who represents truck accident clients can help victims to determine who may be sued after a crash.
If the truck accident is a deadly one, surviving family members of the victims may also pursue a claim for wrongful death losses.
Truck accident cases may be much more complex than typical car accident claims due to the severity of the collision; the multiple potential defendants and the special federal regulations applicable to truckers. When a trucker breaks the rules of the road, it can be easier to prove negligence. You need a lawyer who knows truck accident cases inside and out to help you put together your case or to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene attorneys have decades of collective experience representing victims of truck accidents. Since 1997, our legal team has been there for collision victims. Call today to schedule a FREE consultation with an experienced lawyer and learn more about how we can help with your case.