Fort Myers Truck Accident Attorneys
Anyone who’s spent more than a few hours on an interstate highway knows firsthand just how intimidating it can feel to drive near a commercial truck. They are massive in weight and size and their visibility is reduced, making them a threat to other passengers and pedestrians, especially if the driver is being less than attentive.
Unfortunately, commercial trucking accidents happen with alarming frequency in Florida. The victims are usually the occupants of much smaller cars, and the disparity in size alone is enough to put them in tremendous danger in the event of a crash.
Those who survive trucking accidents usually come away with severe injuries, many of them long-term or permanent. The catastrophic nature of these accidents gives rise to mountainous medical bills and other expenses, and litigation is not uncommon.
As Fort Myers truck accident attorneys, we have helped many victims and victims’ families in the aftermath of Florida trucking accidents, so we understand the particular challenges that these cases pose.
Because large trucks are generally owned or operated by large corporations, victims find themselves facing an army of attorneys and insurance representatives on the other side. And because the financial stakes are so high, those companies do everything in their power to undervalue and disparage the victims’ legitimate claims to compensation.
Our job as Fort Myers truck accident attorneys is to level the playing field, insist that the companies and the lawyers on the other side play by the rules, and aggressively pursue every single penny that you and your family deserve.
By working with experts in the field, we are often able to learn a lot about a trucking accident after the damage is already done. Frequently, our investigations reveal that not only was the truck driver behaving irresponsibly but also that the driver’s employer was at fault as well. We explore some of the reasons for that below.
Types of Truck Accidents
There are many kinds of truck accidents. Common scenarios include:
- Rollovers (when a truck with a high center of gravity loses balance, usually after making an unsafe maneuver or hitting an obstacle in the road, turning on its side)
- Jackknife accidents (when a tractor-trailer turns in on itself, with the trailer moving toward the tractor at a 90-degree angle, causing the driver to lose control)
- Overrides (when a large truck runs up over the top of a personal-sized car)
- No-Zone Crashes (collision caused by a truck driver’s failure to check his or her blind spots before changing course)
- Freight-related accidents (when a truck carrying excessive or improper freight malfunctions or crashes as a result)
- Ordinary collisions (including head-on collisions, sideswipes, and rear-end collisions, all of which can be equally catastrophic)
At Viles & Beckman, LLC our experienced Fort Myers truck accident attorneys can help with any of these accidents, regardless of how big or small the damages might seem.
Why Do Trucking Accidents Happen?
Commercial truck drivers have a tough job. They spend long hours on quiet roads, often at night and in areas they don’t know well. Shift after shift, they push themselves to stay alert behind the wheel and treat driving with the same caution and respect as the average motorist in a personal-sized car.
In recognition of that challenge — and to curb the ballooning number of fatal trucking accidents — the state and federal governments have enacted a number of regulations about how often (and under which circumstances) truckers can drive. As a general rule, they must ensure they’re getting enough sleep and plenty of breaks so that they don’t endanger the rest of us.
Unfortunately, while most of these drivers play by the rules, some don’t. Even more problematic are the employers who implicitly encourage their drivers to push their limits so they can meet tough deadlines and improve their delivery times. Sadly, the trucking industry is rife with employers who are willing to engage in these dangerous and illegal practices.
Examples of Commercial Trucking Negligence
The federal government has conducted several investigations into commercial trucking accidents, and their findings mirror our own — these crashes are typically caused by recurring kinds of negligence. These include:
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk driving
- Aggressive driving
- Inadequate training
- Improper licensure
- Distracted driving (including texting / using smartphones)
- Failure to check for blind spots, which can be much larger in a truck than in a car
- Using prescription, over-the-counter, or illegal drugs that cause impairment or drowsiness
- Working challenging shift schedules that require too much time on the roads
- Negligent hiring of drivers who should never have been behind the wheel in the first place
These aren’t the only kinds of driver negligence, of course. Any instance of carelessness can cause auto accidents. If you aren’t sure whether negligence played a role in your crash, our experienced Fort Myers auto accident attorneys can help.
Schedule a Free Case Review with Our Fort Myers Truck Accident Attorneys
There is a lot to know about commercial truck injury litigation, but you don’t need to master the subject to take your first steps. At Viles & Beckman, LLC we are ready to lift the burden of negotiation and litigation off your shoulders and start handling your claim for you. Our mission is to recover as much money as possible to put you on the best and brightest path toward a recovery and a happier tomorrow.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck crash anywhere in Florida, we want to help. Our mission is to make a meaningful difference in the outcome of your claim.
We are proud to represent clients living in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, and throughout the state of Florida.
To schedule a free case review with a truck accident attorney in our office, please contact us online or call 800.648.4537 right away.