Truck Accident Litigation Questions
There are a lot of questions you might have concerning truck accident litigation.
What is meant by the term “truck”?
Truck refers to tractor trailer semi trucks (also known as semi trucks or semis). These big rigs are multiton eighteen-wheelers, so litigation involving tractor trailer accidents requires special expertise, like that of The Best Law Firm, P.A.. There are different laws that apply to commercial truck accident litigation than regular automobile accident litigation. Commercial trucks operated under Florida’s safety regulations are defined as such if they fall into one of three categories:
- Are intended to carry over 10 passengers including the driver
- Are used for conveying hazardous materials
- Have a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 10,000 pounds or higher
Why are truck accidents more likely to cause serious injury or death than automobile crashes?
- Have slower reaction times
- May be carrying hazardous materials
Therefore, accidents involving them are more likely to result in serious injury or death than traditional automobile crashes.
How long do I have before I need to file litigation for my truck accident in Florida?
Personal injury cases such as truck accident litigation must be filed four years from the date of the accident in Florida. However, if a wrongful death occurred as a result of the truck accident litigation needs to be filed two years from the date of the death.
Why are truck accidents treated differently under the law than automobile accidents?
Truck accidents involve many complex factors such as:
- Engineering factors
- Mechanical factors
- More complex accident reconstruction
- Technical factors
Because of these differences between truck accidents and automobile accidents, there are specific laws and regulations for:
- Commercial trucking companies
What other special laws apply to truck accidents?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350 -399) are laws created by the federal government to cover trucks and trucking companies concerned with interstate commerce. These safety regulations were created in order to make our freeways, highways, and roads safer for everyone.
What are some of the most common causes of truck accidents?
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents are:
- Aggressive driving
- Brake failure/defects
- Compensation structures which encourage speeding and/or excessively long hours on the road
- Driver fatigue
- Driver inexperience
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Lack of comprehensive driver training
- Mechanical failure
- Overloaded trucks
- Oversized trucks
- Poor driving conditions
- Reckless driving
- Risky driver behavior
- Running off the road
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