Large commercial trucks are often seen on highways transporting the goods America needs. Despite being equipped with numerous safety features, there are 500,000 crashes involving big trucks every year. Out of those, 5,000 result in loss of life.
Given the sheer size and weight of these large-scale vehicles, which can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. when loaded with cargo, trucking accidents usually end with catastrophic injuries and death. A leading cause of large truck crashes is fatigue. Because of salary and wage incentives offered by trucking companies, many long-haul drivers operate their motor vehicles without the proper rest between trips. In addition to fatigue, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the following are the other most common causes of large truck crashes:
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Driving on unfamiliar roadway
- Inadequate surveillance prior to completing a maneuver
- Driver distraction
- Following other vehicles too closely
- Inadequate evasive action
In addition to being familiar with state and federal laws and regulations that may complicate commercial trucking cases, a trucking accident attorney must be able to identify and pursue all responsible parties causing your losses – drivers, employers, trucking firms, maintenance companies, parts manufacturers, etc. The typical trucking accident case costs tens of thousands of dollars in investigative and expert witness costs, just to get the case properly prepared for litigation.
Crenshaw Law Firm will investigate your commercial trucking accident case and will obtain, review, and analyze Engine Control Modules (black boxes); camera footage; and evidence contained in crash and homicide reports. We will interview eyewitnesses and medical staff; review medical records; and retain and consult with accident reconstruction, biomechanical, and human factors expert witnesses.
Drivers must keep logs of maintenance, miles traveled, destinations reached, and breaks taken. While it can be a challenge to access these records, they are necessary to present the best possible trucking case on your behalf. Crenshaw Law Firm will leave no stone unturned in the investigation and work-up of your trucking case.
Trucking Accident Lawyer André Crenshaw has been handling large truck accident cases in Florida for more than 20 years, and he has recovered millions of dollars for injured victims and their families. Contact us to discuss your trucking accident case with a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer who will fight for your legal rights.