According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Florida had 293 deaths in crashes involving large trucks in 2016. It was the highest total of any year since the 301 people killed in 2007, which itself was a drop from the 350 fatalities reported in 2006. FMCSA data also showed increases in the following categories – in fact, the highest numbers since 1996:
- Injury crashes involving large trucks or buses
- Large trucks and buses involved in injury accidents
- Persons injured in large truck and bus crashes
- Million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles
- Registered large trucks and buses.
According to FMCSA, 125,000 large trucks and buses were involved in 119,000 injury crashes resulting in 180,000 injured persons in 2016.
Truck accidents caused by driver error, recklessness, complex mechanical issues or failure to train can be devastating for all those involved. A collision with a commercial truck could seriously injure anyone on the road in Lutz, Brooksville, or a surrounding community in the North Tampa area. Anybody who suffers serious injuries in a commercial truck accident should immediately seek help from an experienced truck accident attorney in Brooksville.
How Can a Lawyer Help You After a Brooksville Trucking Accident?
The lawyers of Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, have a combined half-century of legal experience. Our firm has a thorough understanding of the complexity of commercial truck accident claims and how to overcome the numerous issues that can arise.
As soon as you hire Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, we will immediately start an exhaustive independent investigation of your crash scene and gather important evidence. In addition to taking photographs of the accident scene and inspecting the vehicles involved, we can also obtain Global Positioning System (GPS) and black box information, logbooks, cell phone records, driver toxicology results and witness statements.
One of the primary reasons it is critical for a truck accident victim to have these types of investigations conducted as quickly as possible is because multiple parties could be liable for the resulting injuries. Unlike common car crashes in which one driver or the other is usually alone in being at fault, commercial truck accidents can involve some very complex underlying causes. Holliday Karatinos Law Firm wants to make sure every negligent party is held fully accountable.
Our firm also works with esteemed experts in their fields to get in-depth information about how accidents occurred or could have been prevented. We also have experience representing people who have suffered such catastrophic injuries as:
- Muscle strains
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burn injuries
- Internal organ damage.
Our attorneys understand the tremendous stress that victims face following truck crashes. We work closely with clients so they are always up to date on the latest developments in their cases. We also assist in dealing with creditors and debt collectors as well as with filing vehicle repair or replacement claims.
What Are Common Causes of Trucking Accidents in Brooksville?
Every truck accident is different, but many crashes often share common causes. Some accidents involve driver error, but many accidents also involve action or inaction by another party that contributes to or directly causes a collision.
In general, some of the most common causes of commercial truck accidents include:
- Distracted Driving — FMCSA rules prohibit the use of all hand-held mobile devices by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Drivers can face fines of up to $2,750, and employers may face fines of up to $11,000.
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI) — The legal breath or blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for a commercial truck driver in Florida is 0.04, or only half the legal limit for drivers of traditional passenger vehicles. Drivers can also be charged with DUI for operating under the influence of a controlled substance, whether it is an illegal drug or a legally-obtained prescription drug.
- Driver Fatigue — Most truck drivers spend several consecutive hours on the road, and drivers and trucking companies alike must comply with strict federal limits on the number of consecutive hours that can be worked as well as the number of hours worked in a given week. Driver fatigue has been a long-running problem in the trucking industry. Drivers who frequently struggle to stay awake, and those who do fall asleep at the wheel, can cause devastating crashes.
- Failure to Perform Inspections — Drivers are responsible for reviewing their trucks before hitting the road. Several accidents could have been prevented with a simple pre- or post-trip inspection.
- Failure to Maintain Vehicle — Trucking companies are ultimately responsible for their vehicles and may be liable for lack of necessary maintenance. Third party maintenance companies could be liable for improper repairs.
- Improperly Loaded or Secured Cargo — A trucking company or a third party may have failed to properly secure a load or may have overloaded the trailer. These mistakes may contribute to or cause rollover accidents or to cargo coming loose.
- Defective Parts — Commercial trucks may be outfitted with the proper parts, but sometimes those parts simply malfunction. Brake failure, tire blowouts, and many other defective parts can result in product liability actions against the part manufacturers.
Some collisions are the result of dangerous road conditions, and a governmental entity could be liable for failure to correct the issue. In many cases, it is critical to determine whether a trucking company may have violated any one of a number of FMCSA regulations, such as hours of service rules, cell phone use, logbook violations, hazardous materials (HAZMAT) transportation and weight and size restrictions.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Brooksville Semi-Truck Crash?
Even when truck drivers are at fault for commercial truck crashes, they are rarely the only liable party. Most truck drivers have neither the personal automobile insurance limits or assets necessary to satisfy the size of the awards sought in truck accident cases.
Some of the other possible parties that could be liable in a commercial truck accident include:
- Trucking company
- Truck part manufacturers
- Maintenance companies
- Freight brokers
- Warehouse companies
- Governmental entities
- Other motorists.
In many cases, one liable party may try to pass its share of blame onto another party. Most companies will initially dispute any liability claim.
What Compensation Can You Recover in a Brooksville Truck Accident Lawsuit?
Victims of truck accidents often find themselves forced to deal with extensive medical treatment that can be incredibly costly. They often struggle to pay the medical bills that pile up quickly after an accident of this magnitude. To add to the financial strain, victims are often unable to return to work for weeks, months or even years after the accident.
When you work with Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, we will work tirelessly to pursue a fair and full settlement that covers all of your past and future needs. If the insurance company refuses to provide adequate compensation, we are not afraid to take your case to trial. You could be owed compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering.
If your loved one was killed in an accident with an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle, we can also assist in filing a wrongful death claim. Your family could be owed compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of support
- Loss of companionship
- Other damages.
Holliday Karatinos Law Firm has recovered more than $95 million for clients since 2006. We are ready to fight for you and your family.
Our Brooksville Truck Accident Attorneys Are Here for You
Did you suffer severe injuries, or was your loved one killed in a commercial truck crash in the North Tampa area? If so, the truck accident lawyers of Holliday Karatinos have the experience and resources you will want to have on your side.
Holliday Karatinos Law Firm represents clients on a contingency fee basis. So, you do not pay anything unless we secure compensation for you. Call or contact us online to have our Brooksville injury lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.