Port Charlotte Truck Accident Attorneys
Assisting Victims of Devastating Semi-Truck Accidents
With millions of large delivery trucks and semi-trucks on U.S. roads and highways, truck accidents are relatively common. Sadly, due to the sheer size and weight of these vehicles, truck accidents are often deadly. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 4,564 truck accident-related fatalities in 2017 alone. Most often, it is not the truck driver who is injured or killed, but the driver and passengers of other involved vehicles.
If you were seriously injured or your loved one was killed in a truck accident, reach out to the Port Charlotte truck accident attorneys at Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A. With extensive trial experience, we understand what it takes to navigate these complex cases. Our team is prepared to fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed. While no amount of financial recovery can ever make up for the pain and suffering you have experienced, it can allow you the ability to begin the healing process and start moving forward with your life.
Call our office at (941) 960-7225 or use our online request form to schedule a free, confidential case evaluation today.
Who is Liable After a Truck Accident?
Determining who is liable for a truck accident can be a complicated process since there area many parties who can be held liable, even if they weren’t present at the time of the accident. Among the possible liable parties, the trucking company is held liable most often. There are many reasons for this including that they are often caught encouraging their drivers to break trucking regulations in order to help save their company money or time.
If your accident was directly caused by the negligence of a trucker such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol for example, they may be the one held liable. Although it happens less often, there are other parties that can be found responsible. Our firm is experienced in investigating truck accident claims and is ready to fight for you. Call us today for a free consultation!
What Are the Hours of Service Regulations?
Truck drivers are required to follow more laws and regulations than other motor vehicles on the road because of how much damage a truck can cause to other drivers on the road in the event of an accident. One of these rules is called the hours of service regulation. These set of rules are aimed primarily at preventing fatigued driving which is a major cause of accidents. According to these rules:
- Truck drivers can work up to 14 hours in a day but can only drive for 11 hours
- Drivers must rest for at least 10 consecutive hours before starting a new day at work
- Truck drivers must take days off work at regular intervals
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Like any type of motor vehicle accident, such as car and motorcycle accidents, truck accidents occur for a wide variety of reasons.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Truck driver error
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol (DUI)
- Fatigued driving
- Failure to conduct proper truck maintenance
- Illegal and/or unsafe driving behaviors
- Defective truck parts
- Defective truck design
- Mechanical failure
- Poor road construction
- Defective road design
This list is not exhaustive; there are many other ways in which truck accidents can and do occur. In many cases, truck accidents are the result of negligence, either on the part of the truck driver, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, or another party. In some cases, multiple parties may be at fault. Because of this, it is absolutely crucial that you speak to an attorney about your case.
Choose a Trusted & Experienced Legal Team
As previously stated, truck accident claims are incredibly complex. Often, the trucking company can be held liable for the actions of their drivers. Additionally, victims often face catastrophic injuries, which result in millions of dollars in medical expenses and lifetime care. And, of course, this is nothing to say of the immense emotional impact such an accident can have, both on the victim and his or her family.
At Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A., we have handled all types of complicated truck accident claims. Our attorneys know how to navigate the process and are familiar with the local courts, judges, and juries. We are good at what we do, and we know what it takes to win.