If you feel like you’re seeing more and more trucks – and truck accidents – on I-75 in Alachua, Marion and Sumter Counties, you’re not alone. According to The Gainesville Sun, crashes involving heavy trucks in those three Florida counties have risen from 171 in 2011 to 331 in 2015.
The article goes on to say that the number of traffic fatalities overall increased 17.8 percent between 2014 and 2015 statewide, and the number of commercial motor vehicle truck crashes jumped 20.7 percent during that same time.
Tractor trailer crashes are caused by numerous factors. A 2007 study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration listed brake problems, traffic congestion, prescription drug use, speeding, unfamiliarity with roadway, roadway problems, over-the-counter drug use and fatigue among the associated factors in large truck crashes.
Why Truck Accidents are Different from Auto Accidents
Crashes involving commercial trucks are different from the typical automobile accident. The commercial truck industry is heavily regulated by a complex system of State and Federal laws. That means there are different ways that a commercial truck company or commercial truck driver can be held responsible for your injuries.
- The driver may be at fault.
- The truck owner may be at fault.
- The company that employs the driver could be at fault.
- The trucking company supervisor could be at fault.
- The person who loaded the truck could be at fault.
- The mechanic (or mechanics) at the trucking company’s headquarters could be at fault.
- A truck inspector could be at fault.
Each of these areas must be investigated and evaluated to determine whether the trucking company and/or the driver can be held responsible for the crash and your injuries.
Get Answers from an Ocala Truck Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been seriously injured in a tractor-trailer accident on I-75 (Florida’s Turnpike), US 27, US 301, US 401, State Road 40 or any of the highways in and around North Central Florida, the Ocala truck accident attorneys at the Rothenburg Law Firm can help. A veteran personal injury lawyer, Steve Rothenburg helps Florida personal injury victims recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other legal damages.
The Rothenburg Law Firm will use its experience to find the right experts, stand up against the trucking companies and the insurance companies, and work toward a settlement. If a case can’t be settled fairly, the Ocala tractor trailer accident lawyers at Rothenburg will litigate the case all the way to the jury in order to get you the amount you deserve.