Truck Accident Attorney Jacksonville, FL
Will Kurtz is an attorney who specializes in trucking accident cases involving serious injury and even death. Big trucks share the roads with us every day. They are a necessary part of our economy to get good to every part of our country. But the terrible and sad truth is that often times truck drivers are forced to work beyond the rules that govern safety. When that happens truck drivers are tired or they cut corners and driver’s on the roads are often the victims of this carelessness.
Truck Accidents are Different
Anyone who is on the road knows that tractor-trailers are different. It is also easily understood that an accident with a truck increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to the occupants of the car. How are they different:
- Trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds where most passenger cars weigh between 3,000 and 6,000 pounds making the passenger car the loser in every accident.
- Because of their weight, it takes a truck a lot longer to stop.
- Trucks have large blind spots where cars can be hidden from view of the driver.
- Trucks are driven many thousands of miles a week – they are prone to maintenance issues.
- They take specialized training and skill to operate safely.
- Because of the way they are designed – higher center of gravity, increased length, or tractor/trailer combination – they are easily jackknifed, take wide turns, and flip over because of their higher center of gravity.
Causes of Truck and Semi-Truck Accidents
Because of the difference in driving trucks, drivers must be qualified and experienced and trucks must be maintained at a high level all of the time so that they don’t injure others on the road. But unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Factors can include:
- Improper lane change
- Tired/Drowsy drivers
- Improperly trained drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Faulty maintenance on the truck or trailer
When Should You Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer
As soon as possible. If you can hire a lawyer on the day of the accident that is best. There will be a lot going on when a trucking accident happens but the evidence is quickly lost. You can bet the trucking companies' insurance company will be on scene within a couple of hours preserving evidence. You must have an attorney and his investigators on scene as soon as possible to preserve critical evidence. Evidence that will disappear and never be recoverable. Whether it is skid marks, dashcam video, or the “black box” if you don’t have someone on the scene protecting your rights this evidence could be lost forever.
Trucking Accidents are some of the most complex and difficult cases to handle. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a separate set of rules which govern trucking companies and truck drivers. They are known as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The rules especially targeting truck drivers are voluminous and complex. You must have an attorney who is intimately familiar with the rules, how they govern trucking companies and their drivers' conduct, and how they are used to hold these people accountable when they injure someone because of their negligence.
Dealing with a trucking company or their insurance company on your own will result in lower compensation then you deserve for your injuries. It is always better to have an experienced auto accident attorney helping you along the way, on your side, and fighting for your rights.
At the Law Offices of William W. Kurtz, Jr., P.A. we handle trucking cases and are not afraid of big trucking or big insurance. If you or a loved one are injured because of a trucking accident call and let us tell your story.