Florida roads and highways are filled with vehicles of varying weight, volume, size, length, and width. 18-wheeler semi-tractor trailers are among the biggest and heaviest on the road. When an 18 wheeler truck driver causes a trucking accident / automobile accident, there can be quite serious consequences in the form of personal injuries and even the deaths of the drivers and occupants of other vehicles. Sadly, these accidents are common and preventable in many instances.Rules for Semi-Truck Drivers
There are a number of regulations involved with 18-wheelers. An early morning or late night truck accident could be caused by a truck driver simply being tired, sleep deprived or drowsy. Generally, semi-tractor trailer drivers are not allowed to drive for more than 11 hours at a time. This is for public safety. The rules and restrictions vary by the type, size, and load of the truck. A drowsy or sleep deprived driver is much more likely to cause a crash. Some experts in the field have opined that drowsy driving is just as dangerous as driving drunk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 800 deaths due to drowsy driving in the United States. Each semi-tractor trailer truck driver is required to keep a log book in his or her truck documenting the hours on the road. If there is someone that is so tired behind the wheel, he might as well be drunk.
The log book can be an important part of the puzzle to determine the cause and preventability of a truck accident or crash. When a drowsy truck driver causes a crash, the log book becomes vital piece of evidence for the victim and the attorney seeking compensation on behalf of the victim. The log book becomes a key piece of evidence of negligence not just of the driver but of the company that employs the driver.Common Reasons for Truck Accidents
Companies and drivers are responsible for conducting themselves in a reasonable manner. A driver, who operates a large commercial vehicle more than 11 hours at a time, creates a dangerous situation and risk to other drivers and passengers in other vehicles. Human error is the primary cause of most automobile and trucking accidents. Whether it is from lack of sleep, distraction from a cell phone, or a truck driver not paying attention. Accidents involving a 18-wheeler are more destructive to cars and lives because they are bigger and, cause more damage to cars, people and lives.
Drowsy driving are just one of many potential causes of truck accidents. When a truck accident happens, the victim should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Preserving evidence will be key to getting the compensation needed for hospital bills, pain and suffering, and more.Truck Accident Injury Lawyers in Jacksonville FL
The attorneys at Wood, Atter and Wolf have been representing injury victims since 1957 including those injured by truck accidents, automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. In the aftermath of a crash, an injury victim and the family face a number of challenges. It is important to get advice, guidance, direction, and legal representation following a crash or accident. At Wood, Atter and Wolf, you will get an experienced personal injury attorney to fight the fight and enforce your legal rights. Contact Wood, Atter and Wolf today for a free consultation. Get Wood, Atter and Wolf On Your Side - At Your Side.