Lakeland Truck Accident Attorneys
A collision with a tractor trailer carrying a full load of cargo and traveling at highway speeds can result in significant damage, similar to a missile explosion. According to the most recent statistics compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 3,424 people lost their lives and another 82,000 were injured in 411,000 truck crashes in the United States. Often the injuries sustained in truck accidents can be life altering or, worse, catastrophic.
When you are involved in a truck accident, it is critical you contact an attorney before you speak with anyone else about the collision or your injuries. At the Fernandez Firm, our Lakeland truck accident attorneys have decades of experience handling truck accident claims, in dealing with commercial insurance adjusters and understand the significant nature of these cases. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident and need legal assistance, call today for a free case evaluation.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
The truck accident attorneys at the Lakeland law offices of the Fernandez Firm know that negligence is a frequent cause of devastatingly severe truck accidents on Florida’s roadways. They have been investigating and aggressively prosecuting claims on behalf of seriously injured truck accident victims for more than two decades and know that common causes include:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver distraction or inattention
- Drug and alcohol use by drivers
- Following too closely
- Poor truck maintenance
- Improperly loaded vehicles
- Unqualified drivers
Negligent Drivers and Trucking Companies
Truck drivers are under pressure from large trucking companies and shippers to meet tight deadlines. This can cause drivers to drive at speeds that exceed the posted limits or that are far too dangerous for the weather and road conditions. Tight deadlines can also result in reckless driving as truck drivers rush to deliver their loads.
The pressures on trucking companies to keep up with increasing freight volumes forces them to put more and more trucks on the road. Getting qualified truck drivers can be difficult, so trucking companies may hire inexperienced or, in some cases, unqualified drivers.
The truck accident attorneys at the Fernandez Firm understand the complexities of establishing fault when a truck crash results in serious injuries. An accident that might at first appear to be the result of truck driver fatigue, with the driver being the party responsible for causing it, could also involve negligence on the part of the trucking company that forced its driver to spend too much time behind the wheel to meet a delivery deadline.
We know the federal and state trucking laws and use them to establish liability on the part of negligent trucking companies, drivers, and any other party that might have contributed to the accident that injured our client. The Lakeland trucking accident attorney from Fernandez Firm representing you has only your best interest in mind.
More than one person can be held responsible for a trucking accident. Some of the potential negligent parties include:
- Truck Drivers
- Truck Owner
- Leasing and Parent Companies
- Truck Driver’s Employer
- Truck Maintenance Company
- Other parties involved in the Truck Accident
- Truck Manufacturer
Truck Tire Manufacturer
The consequences of a Lakeland truck accident can be devastating. Insurance companies do not want to pay large settlements or verdicts to the victims of these accidents. Claims adjusters and insurance investigators will stop at nothing to get you to make a statement following an accident that can be used to limit or completely avoid paying your claim for injury and damages.
Before speaking to insurance company representatives, speak to one of the truck accident attorneys at the Fernandez Firm. Your consultation with our attorneys is free, and we don’t collect and fees or costs unless we win your case. To find out more about what we can do for you, please call to schedule an appointment today 1(800) 222-8163.