On average fifty people per day are killed or injured in a truck accident. Crashes involving a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle, the occupants of the passenger vehicle are 50 times more likely to be killed than the truck driver; stated differently, 98% of the deaths are to those in the passenger vehicle.
If you are coping with a serious injury or death in the family resulting from a truck accident in California, Arizona, Florida and Washington contact Garcia, Artigliere & Schadrack to schedule a consultation.
The trucking industry earned more than $600 billion last year. Revenues are expected to double by 2015. The growth in commercial trucking is good news for the trucking industry but bad news for the drivers on all U.S. roads.
Semi tractor trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. The truck cab frame is much stiffer and higher than the frames of passenger vehicles, causing the truck frame to punch through the passenger vehicle shell and into the passenger compartment. A tractor trailer may be driven 150,000 miles in a single year. Parts (especially tires and brakes) wear out. Maintenance of a tractor and trailer is expensive and time consuming. Some drivers skip the thorough inspection of their tractor and trailer (including the load ) that they are required to make before every trip. Some trucking companies will try to get “one more trip” out of their equipment before making repairs that have been requested by a driver.
Tractor trailers have deadly blind spots on both sides, in front and behind the truck. Large commercial trucks are not as maneuverable as cars due to their weight and size, and take much longer to stop.
Causes of Truck Accidents
- Hours in Service
- Intoxicated Drivers
- Driver error
- Substandard Inspections
- Longer Combination Vehicles
- Hazardous Materials
If you are a victim of a truck accident in the state of Flordia it is very important that you contact us. Becuase you are suffering the loss of a loved one or injured in a large tractor-trailer accident. The Garcia, Artigliere & Schadrack Firm has experience in large truck accidents. We are familiar with federal and Florida state laws, in addition to federal regulations that regulate the Florida interstate trucking industry. These laws and regulations, and especially the familiarity with these laws are a key component in the successful handling of a large truck or tractor-trailer accident case.