Lakeland Truck Accidents
The freight industry is an important part of the national economy. We rely on truckers to haul goods across Florida and across the country; at any given time, there are more than eight million trucks on the road. Large trucks, tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, and other large freight vehicles, however, do pose a danger on Florida roadways. Drivers facing long, grueling hauls without sufficient rest stops are known to drift off at the wheel or supplement with chemical substances to stay alert. Freight companies may cut corners with safety training or equipment, failing to keep their fleet up to current safety standards and regulations.
When a trucker makes a mistake and causes a crash, the results are often disastrous. Large truck crashes are more likely to involve fatalities given the size of the vehicles and the likelihood that their haul, whether it is loose equipment, hazardous chemicals, or some other item, is likely to come flying free and create additional hazards on the road. The Turnbull Firm has years of experience recovering damages for clients injured or killed in large truck crashes across Central Florida. Our Lakeland truck accident attorneys take an aggressive, results-oriented approach, focused on getting you the damages you are owed and holding the responsible parties liable for the injuries they caused.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
A variety of factors causes large truck crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has compiled data on the most common causes of large truck accidents nationwide. According to the FMCSA, the top factors leading to large truck accidents include:
- Brake problems
- Traffic flow interruption (congestion due to previous crashes or other issues)
- Prescription and over the counter drug use
- Driving too fast for road and weather conditions
- Unfamiliarity with the roadway
- Roadway problems
- Failure to stop at a traffic control device or crosswalk
- Inadequate surveillance
- Driver fatigue
These factors lead to drivers making mistakes and hitting other cars or pedestrians or otherwise acting negligently in such a manner as to cause a crash. Some of these factors implicate the freight companies as well–brake problems could be a failure of the employer to keep the trucks in working condition or enforce safety standards, and driver fatigue is often caused by employers encouraging drivers to work longer-than-appropriate shifts without adequate breaks (or turning a blind eye to them doing so), etc. If a driver or their employer was acting negligently, and that negligent behavior hurt you or a loved one, you have the right to recover damages.
What Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Do For You?
The dedicated Lakeland truck accident attorney at The Turnbull Firm has litigated auto accidents of all shapes and sizes from both sides of the table. Personal injury lawyer Sanga Turnbull has represented injured plaintiffs and insurance companies alike and has developed a deep understanding of what evidence to gather, what arguments to make, and what strategic steps to take in order to strengthen your claim and maximize your available damages.
Large truck crashes can make for difficult and confusing cases. Large trucks are often involved in multi-car accidents, creating confusion as to liability and making accident reconstruction problematic. Identifying the proper parties to sue, whether they be the driver, the freight company, the principal that hired the trucking company, or other drivers on the road, can be complex and confusing. A knowledgeable truck accident lawyer can wade through the weeds for you, simplify the process, and ensure that you stay focused on getting healthy while your lawyer fights for the damages you are owed.
Your seasoned truck accident lawyer will provide you with advice and representation from the first day after your truck accident, with services including:
- Conducting a thorough investigation of the accident
- Establishing liability for the accident and identifying the appropriate parties against whom to bring claims
- Gathering documents and evidence such as medical bills and reports, police reports, witness statements, and traffic camera footage
- Interviewing witnesses and defendants in depositions and court
- Examining the physical evidence for supportive facts
- Preserving and preparing the strongest evidence for your case
- Establishing and proving the extent of your damages
- Recreating the accident with traffic, physics, reconstruction and trucking experts
- Preparing insurance claim forms and communicating with insurance providers
- Filing your claims in court
- Representing you throughout court proceedings including filing motions, calling witnesses, and making arguments to the judge and jury
Call a Seasoned Lakeland Truck Accident Attorney For Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Central Florida, call the aggressive and dedicated Lakeland truck accident attorney at The Turnbull Firm for assistance with your claims. You and your family deserve to be compensated for the harm you have suffered, and we can help. Contact our Lakeland personal injury office today for a free consultation.