How Do Trucking Companies Contribute to Truck Accidents in Florida?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11% of all motor vehicle crashes in the country last year involved a large truck.
At the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, P.A., our Vero Beach truck accident attorneys know these collisions cause nearly 120,000 injuries across the U.S. each year, leaving our clients with mounting medical bills and the inability to work, which compounds their financial hardships.
When this happens, the negligent party must be held accountable for their current and future losses and depending on the cause of the crash, the trucking company’s actions may be to blame for the collision.
Why Are Trucking Companies Liable for Some Truck Accidents in Florida?
Florida truck accidents are complex and require an experienced Vero Beach personal injury attorney to sort through the details, evidence, and possible causes to pursue the financial recovery injury victims and their families deserve.
In some truck accident cases, liability may be shared between the truck driver and the trucking company.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists that semi-trucks transport 70% of all freight that is moved in the U.S., which accounts for nearly $700 billion in retail and manufactured goods each year.
That means there is a lot at stake for trucking companies who are contracted to transport these goods, including significant financial gain.
When trucking companies agree to certain terms — especially those with strict time constraints — with their customers, their bottom line depends on those deliveries being made under the contractual agreement.
In order to meet these deadlines, that could mean the trucking company is complicit in:
- Hiring inexperienced or unqualified drivers to help deliver goods for overbooked schedules
- Requiring drivers to maintain aggressive and unrealistic schedules that lead to speeding, avoiding sleep, or violations of FMCSA guidelines and/or hours of service regulations
- Failing to properly inspect or maintain their trucking fleets due to lack of downtime
Holding the trucking company accountable for your injuries will require an experienced truck accident attorney who will petition the court for access to employment records, truck driving logs, truck driver CDL records, and other documents that will help build our case.
Why Would Trucking Companies Put Other Florida Drivers at Risk?
Like most individuals, companies, or third parties involved in an accident, not all trucking companies operate — or encourage their drivers to operate — recklessly.
However, some trucking companies may focus on growing their revenue, instead of focusing on keeping our Indian River County roadways safe by hiring experienced and qualified drivers who get plenty of sleep, maintain proper logs, and operate well-maintained trucks within the FMCSA guidelines.
Some trucking companies are simply willing to look the other way to boost their bottom line. When they do, that is the very definition of negligence. And when our clients are hurt as a result, we take exception to their reckless activities and will do everything we can to hold them accountable for their actions.
Contact Us Now
If you have been injured, or have lost a loved one, in a truck accident in Florida, contact our experienced personal injury attorney in Vero Beach at the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, P.A. today by calling (772) 492-8967 to schedule a free consultation.