Truck Accidents in Jacksonville, Florida
If you have been involved in an accident with a truck, contact an attorney as soon as possible to review your legal options and start the process towards obtaining compensation. It is important you hire an attorney with the experience required to handle your case. Truck accident attorneys gather evidence and build a case on your behalf. A lawyer’s experience in this area is often correlated with the compensation you receive for your injuries.
What makes truck accidents different?
Truck accidents are often more serious than regular motor vehicle accidents due to the size and weight of the truck. An object’s momentum is determined by: “weight” x “speed traveled”. Considering an empty semitruck trailer weighs 35,000 lbs, even a slow moving collision with a truck can be catastrophic. By comparison, the average automobile weighs roughly 5,000 lbs. The extra momentum carried by a large truck or eighteen-wheeler, means it takes significantly longer to stop or slow down. Commercial trucks should maintain proper distance behind vehicles, to account for their longer stopping distance.
Cause and Compensation
Tired truck drivers or “fatigued drivers,” are often a major contributor to commercial truck accidents in the Jacksonville metro area. Commercial trucking is regulated to ensure drivers receive adequate sleep on long hauls. Drivers of commercial trucks are required to document breaks and downtime to ensure adherence of federal regulations. A truck accident attorney will go through driver’s logs, maintenance records, and accident reports, using their experience to build a clear case and obtain maximum compensation for the accident victim. It is important your attorney understands the unique aspects of building a truck accident case.
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Our law firm, the Law Office of Craig Gibbs, specializes in personal injury law. It is all we do. We handle the following types of cases: car wrecks, truck wrecks, motorcycle crashes, crashes caused by DUI drivers, job injuries, wrongful death, workers compensation, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, prescription drug errors, birth injuries, defective product injuries, slip and falls and much more. If you were hurt because of someone’s negligence or carelessness, call us now. Mr. Gibbs has years of experience fighting insurance companies and he will use that experience to get you the compensation that you deserve. Best of all, all consultations are free and you pay no fees unless we win your case!