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A semi-truck is often called a tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler or big rig. It is a massive commercial vehicle. The force generated by a semi-trailer or similar large truck in a collision can cause catastrophic injury or death to those in lighter, smaller vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, in one recent year, large truck accidents caused 3,921 fatalities and 104,000 injuries. In Florida alone, 149 fatal crashes involved commercial trucks. Seventy-three percent of those who died in truck accidents were in passenger vehicles.
When a truck accident has been caused by the truck driver’s negligence, that trucker and/or the trucking company (carrier) who hired the trucker may be held legally responsible.
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a trucking accident, contact Frank M. Eidson, P.A. We serve clients in Orlando, Winter Park and throughout Florida. We will work hard to seek the compensation you deserve.
Semi-truck accidents are different than other types of motor vehicle crashes. This is because of the unique features of semi-trucks. These features include:
A driver’s negligence often is the underlying cause of a semi-truck accident. Examples of negligence are:
In some cases, the component of the semi may fail such as the brakes, tires or steering. This could be the result of negligent maintenance or a faulty product.
Commercial truck accident cases can be complicated. The wreck itself is likely to involve substantial property damage and personal injury or death. There may be multiple reasons a commercial truck accident occurred. Determining what happened, who is at fault and the extent of damages requires an investigation by a law firm that has the necessary knowledge and skills.
An investigation of a truck accident must take into account the varied and complex state and federal rules and regulations that govern the trucking industry. Investigators must know how semis are designed, how they operate and the common failures that should be examined in a wreck.
At Frank M. Eidson, P.A., we often turn to the expertise of engineers and accident reconstruction specialists. In addition to helping us to determine why a crash occurred, these experts can help us to create diagrams and computer-generated animation that illustrates the crash for a jury.
If you have been injured in a truck crash, Orlando semi truck accident lawyer, Frank M. Eidson, can help. He has experience working with state and federal regulations, truck mechanics, commercial insurance and the many other issues that commonly arise in these cases. To learn more, contact our firm today and receive a free consultation.
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