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Semi Truck Accidents

Have you been involved in a semi truck accident?

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The growth of our country in the past 50 years is in large part thanks to the trucking industry that blossomed following the establishment of the Federal Interstate System. Hundreds of thousands of semi-trailers on our roads pose a great risk to the men, women and families who rely on the same roadways to commute to work and experience family adventures. However, the pressures tractor trailer drivers are under to meet shipping deadlines, often create dangerous situations that place other drivers at risk of a serious trucking accident.

Trucking companies often push their drivers to the limit. One of the greatest dangers on the road is encountering fatigued drivers.

One of the greatest dangers of driving on the road is encountering fatigued drivers. There are strict laws in place that govern the operation of trucks and limit the amount of driving time truck operators can log on given days throughout a shipment to prevent fatigue.
However, trucking companies are known to push their drivers to the limit of these laws to ensure quick deliveries and greater profits. Often the drivers feel compelled – or are possibly encouraged – to lie on their driving logs, which creates a dangerous environment of fatigue and pressure that can easily lead to driver error, which could severely hurt or kill innocent motorists.
Law designates that a vehicle used for commercial purposes that is in excess of 10,000 pounds (5 tons) is considered to be a “large truck”. In the event of a trucking accident, the extra weight of the semi-trailer usually leads to devastating damage for smaller, personal automobiles.

Semi Truck Accident Lawyers

Fatigued truck drivers account for approximately 30% of all trucking accidents, and many times the fatigue is a result of unscrupulous trucking companies that exude undeserved pressure on their drivers. Many drivers resort to taking legal and illegal prescription drugs to assist them in remaining alert, but the buildup of these drugs, especially when coupled with a slight amount of alcohol, can have devastating effects on their ability to safely drive a semi.
In a study of trucking accidents in which the truck driver suffered fatal injuries, 67% of the sampled drivers were under the influence of either prescription drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. Federal law restricts the use of many prescriptions while driving a large commercial vehicle, but many trucking companies look the other way instead of promoting safe working conditions for their drivers.
Our experienced Tampa Bay truck accident attorneys can assist you and your family when a day’s travel turns into a nightmare.
On many roads, trucks are required to adhere to a lower posted speed limit. A truck travelling at 70 miles per hour has nearly twice the energy through momentum than a truck travelling at 50 mph. Driving at high speeds, whether legally or over the speed limits, creates many possibilities of risk and danger to both the driver of the truck and the countless families and commuters that drive alongside them every day.

DAMAGES MAY INCLUDE

• Pain & suffering
• Medical expenses
• Lost wages
• Loss of earning ability
• Mental anguish
• Loss of companionship,
support, or consortium.
Our experienced Tampa Bay truck accident attorneys can assist you and your family when a day’s travel turns into a nightmare. A semi-truck accident lawyer has the experience, knowledge, and resources to fully investigate the cause of the crash, determine fault, and pursue a fair and just recovery for damages. In some cases, a semi-truck accident lawyer will find the trucking companies that own the truck liable for violations of safety standards and fatigue laws.
Safety should never be sacrificed for profit.
Truck drivers are key figures in the prosperity and growth of our great country, but when trucking companies place profits and quick shipments ahead of safety, lives are in danger on Florida roadways. Moreover, all trucks are required to undergo regular safety inspections, but if these inspections and necessary repairs to brakes and vital engine parts are procrastinated, safety takes a back seat to profits. Safety should never be sacrificed for profit.
It is important that you contact a Tampa Bay truck accident attorney promptly after a crash to protect your rights and ensure that the neglectful parties are held accountable.
The truck accident attorneys at PERENICH The Law Firm represent victims of trucking accidents and their families, when trucking companies and their drivers are wreckless and negligent. Contact PERENICH The Law Firm today to speak with a Tampa Truck Accident Attorney!