As Florida’s leading deep-water port, Pensacola sees a tremendous amount of commercial trucking traffic moving through the city as tractor-trailers travel back and forth along the 110 and I-10, linking Pensacola with the nation’s interstate highway system. With this heavy traffic comes the increased likelihood of serious truck accidents and catastrophic injuries. In Florida and Alabama, truck crashes are responsible for hundreds of deaths and thousands of serious injuries every year. At the Law Office of J.J. Talbott, our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys know what it takes to recover significant compensation from the truckers, trucking companies and their insurers when negligence or recklessness in the trucking industry causes serious harm.
Motorists Face Serious Risks from Trucking Accidents
A fully loaded tractor-trailer may weigh 40 tons, and even a semi-truck alone can weigh 15 tons without any cargo. When one of these big rigs strikes a car while traveling at highway speeds, the results can be disastrous for the occupants of the smaller, lighter vehicle, who risk serious personal injury or wrongful death. In addition to the force imparted by a loaded semi, the size and weight of the truck affects the stopping distance, reaction time and handling of the driver. Also, the size and shape of the truck create blind spots for the trucker on all four sides of the truck for several car lengths and across several lanes of traffic. Smaller vehicles in the vicinity have difficulty seeing around the truck and having a good understanding of traffic and road conditions ahead. For all these reasons and more, care must be taken by truck drivers and motorists to avoid a serious collision.
Dangers Created by Semi-Truck Maintenance Issues
Semi-trucks must be regularly inspected and maintained between each trip and even mid-trip to make sure they can be driven safely.
Trucking accidents are often attributed to truck failures such as:
- Shifting and unbalanced loads
- Overloaded trucks
- Out-of-adjustment brakes
- Bad or missing brake components
- Worn or defective tires
Truckers and trucking companies have a duty to keep these maintained trucks in a safe condition.
Dangers Created by Driver Issues
The majority of truck accidents are attributed to driver error. Truckers are paid by the miles they drive and are rewarded based on how quickly they can deliver their goods to their destination. Despite federal regulations that limit how long truckers may be behind the wheel, many drivers ignore the regulations and drive beyond what is safe. Truck accidents are often caused by factors such as:
- Trucker fatigue
- Aggressive driving
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Mishandling by inexperienced drivers
Experienced Pensacola Injury Attorneys for Florida and Alabama Trucking Accidents
At the Law Office of J.J. Talbott, we understand how to properly investigate a trucking accident, such as by reviewing the driver’s log and vehicle inspection and maintenance logs to determine whether the driver and trucking company were in compliance with federal safety regulations. We also know that these logs are sometimes falsified and look for ways to hold truckers and trucking companies accountable for their negligence or misconduct. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident in southern Alabama or along the Florida panhandle, contact our office for a free case review and assistance in getting the maximum amount of compensation available.