Vero Beach Trucking Accident Lawyers
Vero Beach Trucking Accidents
Vero Beach is most often thought of as a natural paradise, with its beaches and barrier island, home to wildlife refuges and botanical gardens. It is easy to forget that Interstate 95 is just five miles to the west, or that the city is bisected by U.S. Route 1 and State Road 60. If any reminder is needed that Vero Beach is home to some of the most major highways and interstates in Florida, the large number of semi-trucks on the roads serve as an ever-present reminder – and a constant hazard to motorists.
More than 40,000 truck crashes happen in the state every year, resulting in thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths. Leading causes of these crashes are truck driver error and negligently maintained trucks. When negligence on the part of the trucker or trucking company is to blame for a serious trucking accident, the trucking company may be liable to the injury victim for the damages caused, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and more. The motorcycle accident lawyers at Lulich Attorneys & Consultants help victims of truck accidents in Vero Beach recover compensation after being seriously injured in a collision with one of these 18-wheeler semi-trucks.
Semi-Trucks Pose a Greater Threat to Safety than Other Vehicles
There are many reasons why tractor-trailers pose a grave threat to other drivers in the event of a trucking accident. Because of their enormous size and weight, the force of an impact, especially at highway speeds, can be extremely serious or deadly to the occupants of a smaller, lighter passenger vehicle. The size and weight of a semi-truck also means that the driver needs more reaction time and stopping distance than the average car. Also, the blind spots on a tractor-trailer extend outward for several lanes on both sides of the truck, as well as several car lengths behind the trailer and even immediately in front of the cab. Truck drivers should be trained and knowledgeable about the limitations of their truck, and drive accordingly. This includes maintaining a safe speed and slowing down well in advance of upcoming changes in traffic patterns, and signaling intentions to turn or change lanes well in advance of making the maneuver.
Tired Truckers and Worn-Out Tires Abound on Florida Freeways
Drivers are limited by federal regulations on how many hours they can be on duty and how many hours they can be behind the wheel without taking breaks. These supposed safety rules still allow truckers to sit behind the wheel for 11 hours in a 14-hour workday, across a workweek that may last seven or eight days before days off are required. As if these rules weren’t liberal enough, truck drivers routinely violate these limits to meet the demands of delivering their payloads on a tight schedule. The result is that truck driver fatigue, including falling asleep at the wheel, is a leading cause of trucking accidents.
Surprise roadside inspections frequently turn up drivers who have logged more hours than allowed, or who have falsified their logs. Many drivers are even found to lack the proper licensing to drive their big rigs. To make matters worse, the trucks themselves are often found with out-of-adjustment brakes, missing brake components, and tires so bad that the trucks have to be immediately pulled from service. At this very moment, there are likely thousands of trucks and drivers on Florida roads that do not meet federal safety requirements.
Free Consultations from one of our Experienced Vero Beach Trucking Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a trucking accident in Vero Beach, contact Lulich Attorneys & Consultants at 772-774-7771 for a free consultation regarding any potential claims you may have. We will fight hard to obtain maximum compensation on your behalf, and there is no fee until we win your case. If you cannot come to our office, we can come to you. Call now for immediate assistance. Se habla español.