Lake City Truck Accident Attorneys
Why a semi-truck accident is different from an accident with a passenger vehicle
Whether you call them semis, big rigs or 18-wheelers, there is more to an accident between an automobile and a truck than the difference in size. The Lake City trial lawyers at Robinson, Kennon & Kendron, P.A. know how much more complex a truck accident is than that involving any other type of motor vehicle. The injuries are many more times likely to be catastrophic — or fatal. There may also be more than one liable party in a truck accident injury lawsuit.
If you or someone you care about has suffered severe injuries in a semi-truck accident, it is important to get legal counsel and representation as soon as possible — before you talk to the insurance company.
Florida truck accident facts, statistics and liability
- A recent report from Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle cites a single-year statistic of 1,821 injuries in truck-related accidents, of which 58 were fatal.
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Large Truck Causation Study (LTCS) reports that 36 percent of truck crashes occur on Interstate highways in rural areas.
- The FMCSA also reports that 62 percent of truck accidents involve a tractor pulling a single trailer (LTCS).
- 38 percent of truck accidents were related to truck driver “decision factors,” including errors in judgment regarding speed, following too closely to respond to unexpected actions, and aggressive driving behavior, among others (FMCSA LTCS)
A 3,500 pound car is no match for a semi-truck that may weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds — which is why truck accidents often result in the most debilitating injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, quadriplegia, paraplegia and organ damage. The Lake City personal injury attorneys at Robinson, Kennon & Kendron, P.A. have vast experience in assessing liability in a truck crash accident. By making sure that every possible contributing entity is included in your claim, your lawyer can help you get maximum possible compensation for your injuries. Liable parties may include the:
- Truck driver
- Truck driver’s employer
- Trucking company
- Freight owner
- Truck and truck components manufacturers
- Third-party maintenance company
Truck accidents are often subject to federal laws that involve a higher degree of investigation than car accidents, including examining the driver’s log, checking driver qualifications, and reviewing truck maintenance records. Accident reconstructionists may be called upon to verify information and help build a case in your favor. A Lake City trial law firm can lift the burden of dealing with details and insurance companies — and get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact Columbia County’s experienced truck accident lawyers
In addition to being AV®-rated Lake City auto accident attorneys, the lawyers at Robinson, Kennon & Kendron, P.A. bring skills and credentials to helping people throughout North Central Florida pursue a truck accident lawsuit. To schedule a free initial consultation, please contact the law firm online or call 844.210.0025.