Coral Springs Truck Accident Attorneys
Put Decades of Experience on Your Side
Florida is a long trek for truck drivers. In fact, truck drivers around
the country travel long distances, often without stopping, in order to
meet strict deadlines for the shipments and orders they carry. Truckers’
tight schedules, complicated equipment, and heavy cargo loads—while
necessary to get their jobs done—can all contribute to serious accidents
if not handled properly.
Law Offices Cytryn & Velazquez, P.A. handles truck accident claims all over the State of Florida. Truck accident
cases often involve more severe injuries and deaths than other accident
claims, which can result in millions of dollars in damages and large jury
verdicts. Our Coral Springs truck accident attorneys have gained a deep
understanding of how such cases work during their decades of legal experience.
If you or someone you love has been seriously hurt or killed in a trucking
collision, we will fight to ensure you obtain the medical treatment and
financial compensation you deserve.
To discuss your case with our truck accident attorneys,
contact us to set up your free, no-obligation legal consultation today.
Common Truck Accident Causes
According to a recent annual report by the U.S. Department of Transportation
(DOT), there were approximately 93,000 people injured nationwide by truck
accidents. Sadly, 3,000 of those accidents resulted in fatalities. The
DOT determined that fatigue, alcohol use, and speeding are the top three
reasons why truck accidents occur. However, there are many other causes
that result in truck accidents on the road by truck drivers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducted a study
to examine the reasons why truck accidents occur. The results from the
study demonstrate that truckers often lose control of the wheel because
of weather conditions, going too fast for the cargo load, a shift in the
cargo, or a malfunction in the truck’s system.
Other causes of truck accidents listed by DOT include:
- Brake problems
- Traffic flow interruption
- Prescription drug use
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
- Inattention or distraction
Though most truckers try to do the best job for their employers or whoever
hired them to deliver their load, unfortunately, many of them are sleep
deprived. Some may use drugs or other substances to stay awake. Regardless
of how they try to cope, truck drivers often swerve, lose control of their
vehicle, or fall asleep at the wheel due to fatigue, resulting in deadly
Of course, the truck driver is not always the cause of the accident. Often
it is the fault of another driver. In other situations, there are underlying
issues with poor truck maintenance, which may cause the driver to lose
control of a big rig while driving. Under those circumstances, the trucking
company would be held accountable for the accident.
Truck Accident Prevention
To prevent truck accidents, drivers are required to follow federal regulations.
Among the list of regulations, truck drivers must undergo drug and alcohol
testing, have specific qualifications, and satisfy special training requirements.
The FMCSA has
the complete list of federal regulations for truck drivers.
In addition to federal regulations, trucks are required to follow state
regulations. Each state has specific regulations that trucks must comply with.
The Florida Department of Transportation lists the main requirements for
trucks as follows:
- All parts and equipment must be in full working condition
- They must display a Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles fuel
decal if the vehicle exceeds 26,001 pounds in gross weight or if the power
unit has three or more axels, regardless of weight, and if operating interstate
- They must display a valid Florida or USDOT number
- They must have a valid and current tag registration
- They must not exceed size and weight limits
To avoid being involved in a truck accident, individuals driving standard
motor vehicles should be more alert and cautious when driving by trucks.
The first recommendation is to not drive next to a large truck when possible.
The size of big rigs creates massive blind spots, so motorists should
keep a safe distance from trucks at all times. If an individual is unsure
of the appropriate distance, a good method to use is to make sure you
can see the truck’s side mirrors. If you can’t see the mirrors,
then the truck driver can’t see you.
Also, avoid aggressive driving such as cutting off a truck or speeding
past a truck. Excessive speed may cause the truck driver to “miss”
a vehicle when switching lanes or making turns. If a truck driver is swerving
or demonstrating unsafe driving practices, report the truck to the authorities.
What Are the Hours of Service Regulations?
Because truck accidents can cause so much damage to other motorists on
the road, truck drivers are required to follow more regulations than other
motor vehicles. One of these rules, called the hours of service regulation,
regulates how long a trucker can be on the road and when they must take
breaks in order to prevent fatigued driving accidents. According to these rules:
- Truck drivers can work up to 14 hours in a day but can drive for 11 hours
- Drivers must rest for at least 10 hours before starting a new day
- Truck drivers must take days off at regular intervals
Truck Accident Liability
Determining liability in a truck accident case often comes with additional
challenges. With so many people and companies involved in a single truck—the
driver, the loading company, the trucking company, product manufacturers,
repair staff, etc.—it can sometimes be difficult to determine who
exactly is to blame for a crash, especially if it was caused by a mechanical
error or something else outside of the driver’s control. Our many
years of experience handling these types of cases place us in a unique
position to fully appreciate the complexities of these cases.
We once handled a lawsuit involving a truck that was improperly loaded.
When the truck driver went to unload, some metal joists that had shifted
during the transport fell on his arm, breaking it. We hired a truck expert
who was a professor at the University of Miami who helped determine the
loading company was at fault, and we were successful in obtaining a settlement
for the injured young man who we represented. Visit our
verdicts and settlements page to see more examples of our results.
If you are the victim of a truck accident, call the Coral Springs truck
accident lawyers now at
(954) 833-1440 for your free consultation.