The sheer size and weight of semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles pose a threat to others on the road. Many tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, which is 20 to 30 times the weight of a standard passenger car. The larger the truck, the more difficult it is to control, and thus the more dangerous it can be to an innocent victim.
At the Pensacola law firm of Ward & Barnes, P.A., our truck accident attorneys represent individuals and families throughout northwest Florida. We combine big-firm experience with small-firm attention to provide the comprehensive assistance you need. We handle cases involving:
Was The Truck Driver Or Company Negligent?
In 2003, the allowable hours a truck driver could drive per day increased from 10 to 11 hours. Truck drivers are allowed to drive up to 88 hours over an eight-day period and are only required to rest for a period of 34 consecutive hours before starting again.
Long hours combined with increased stress from strict deadlines often foster unsafe driving habits. Not all drivers take their prescribed rest breaks. Others may speed to make up for lost time.
Other types of negligence on the part of truckers and trucking companies include:
- Taking illegal stimulants to stay awake
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Ignoring hazardous road conditions
- Changing lanes without checking the "blind spot"
- Failing to provide proper training to drivers
- Failing to perform a background check
- Overloading or improperly loading the truck
- Failing to maintain the vehicle
These Complex Cases Call For Professional Assistance
Tractor-trailer accidents are much more complex than a typical automobile accident. Multiple parties may be responsible for your injuries. Frequently, multiple layers of insurance coverage must also be investigated.
You need an attorney who can evaluate all applicable evidence to help uncover and fight for the maximum compensation possible. The Pensacola trucking accident lawyers at Ward & Barnes, P.A., are here for you. We also work closely with accident reconstruction specialists who can provide expert testimony.
Get a free consultation by calling us today at 850-912-9967 or contact us online.