A large truck, also commonly referred to by many as an "18-Wheeler", a "tracor trailer", "semi-truck", or a "commercial truck", can be extremely dangerous when operated in a careless manner. Considering the size and weight of the motor vehicle, an 18-wheeler has the potential to cause major damage. An accident with a semi-truck is a one-sided affair in almost all circumstances. The possibility of injury is also quite high compared to other collisions.
As a result, it is vital that you do everything in your power to avoid these situations. Unfortunately, there are times where all the preparation in the world cannot protect you from the negligent actions of the drivers. When an injury occurs, aligning yourself with legal representation that can help guide you through the complicated litigation process is of paramount importance. Trucking accidents in the state of FLorida occur every single day due to the constantly increasing need for good to be transported from the north and western states into FLorida and down Florida roadways such as I-95.
Cases involving an 18-wheeler truck accidents can be lengthy and complicated. There will likely be multiple parties and teams of lawyers looking out for the financial interests of insurance providers and shipping companies. The earlier you get started on working towards a solution, the earlier our attorney can help get you the compensation you deserve.
With years of experience handling the legal affairs of individuals and families throughout Central and Eastern Florida who have been injured through another's negligence, our firm has the knowledge and legal understanding to provide legal representation that is professional, productive and aggressive.
With a commitment to protect the right of the clients we serve, we will make certain that you are treated in a fair and just manner by all parties involved. Our firm is also a cost-effective choice at a time when finances are likely strained. We offer our services on a contingency basis, meaning that we base legal fees off of the outcome and not the hours worked.
Located in Melbourne, we proudly serve injured individuals in Brevard County, Orange County, Volusia County, Seminole County, Indian River County and Osceola County. This includes the communities of Palm Bay, Rockledge, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, West Melbourne, Titusville, and nearby areas.
Dedicated to providing timely legal counsel, we will get started on your personal injury case right away, following a free initial consultation. In order to schedule a time to meet with our attorney, please call (321) 586-9944 or send an online message.
Florida Trucking Accident Statistics
In 2008 according to data provided by our federal government 11 percent of all motor vehicle accidents that resulted in fatalities involved large trucks, which are defined as vehicle weighing ober 10,000 pounds. Among those who lost there life only 16 percent were the occupants of the trucks while a stagering 74 percent were the occupants of the other motor vehicle involved.
Florida has one of the highest rates of truckign accidents in the country along with California, Texas, Pennslyvania and Georgia.
It is estimated that 41,000 to 45,00 deaths occur every year in the United States due to traffic accidents. 8 to 9 opercent of those deaths are realated to commercial trucking accidents.
Nearly 5,000 people are killed in truckign accidents every year
78 percent of all truckign acidents happen on the weekends
The truckign industry in the United States employees an sestimated 8.9 million people
There are over 3.5 truck drivers in the United States
68 percent of all trucking accidents occur during the day time
68 percent of all trucking accident occur in rural areas
THe total reveune for the trucking industry in the United States is estimated to be 255.5 Billions Dollars
It is estimated that every 16 minuts a person in the United States is injured or killed due to an accient with a large truck.
Over 140,000 perople are injured die in big rig collissions every year.
In 2017 ther were more then 500,000 accidents in the United States involving large trucks, big rigs, tractor-trailers, semi trucks, and or 18 wheeler trucks.
A large truck traveling at an approximate speed of 55 miles per hour can take the length of an NFL football fiend to come to a complete stop.
18-Wheeler Accident Information Center
An 18-wheeler is significantly more difficult to control than basically any other vehicle on the road. The large size of a semi truck gives it very limited maneuverability, making even minor emergency situations even worse.
Although many truck drivers do their job well, some simply cannot handle the responsibilities of operating a big rig. Considering the complexity of these vehicles and the tendency for human error, there are many ways in which an 18-wheeler accident could occur.
The following factors contribute to a large number of 18-wheeler crashes:
The process of developing a case to prove negligence must be done so in a very deliberate fashion, looking for the presence of four distinct elements. These elements are duty, breach, causation, and damages. The fundamental principles of each element are essential in receiving proper compensation for the injury.
Duty – The truck driver must have owed you a duty to act with reasonable care when operating their car. All drivers in Florida have this duty when they operate a motor vehicle on public roadways
Breach – The truck driver must have breached his or her duty of care when operating their 18-wheeler.
Causation – The truck driver is required to have actually and proximately caused your injuries as a direct result of them breaching their duty of care when operating their vehicle.
Damages – The victim must have suffered some form of compensable injury, pain, and suffering or financial loss from the truck driver’s negligence.
Losses Caused by Semi Truck Collissions and Accidents
Determining what caused your truck accident and proving who was negligent generally requires investigating the crash and gathering evidence and documentation. Some crashs take place because parties other than the driver acted in careless ways. You can hold those other negiglecnt parties liable for your injuries and losses if you are able to prove that their neglience act or acts led to the truck accident. The Law Offices of James B Coulter has the resuorces to help you indentify liable parties and build a case against them.
Understanding the trucking requirements in Florida can prove to be a valuable resource during the litigation process. If you can prove that the truck was operating in excess of any other the limits, your claim will be strengthened and the possibility of a favorable outcome will increase.
As for a simple definition, a commercial motor vehicle is any self-propelled or towed vehicle used on the public highways in commerce to transport passengers or cargo, and:
This definition is not limited to vehicles operated by a trucking company. Such vehicles operated by any business or commercial enterprise will be subject to the regulations.
Size and Weight
If the truck exceeds any of these measurements, they need to have a Florida Department of Transportation vehicle movement permit. There are two types of permits. The first is a trip permit, which is issued to cover a one-way transport, from one destination to another. The second is a blanket permit, which is issued to cover multiple trips for up to 12 months.
Road Safe America – This link routes you to the Road Safe America home page. The site is dedicated to providing information on the dangers of trucks and 18-wheelers while attempting to move towards laws and regulations that make other drivers safer. It has a great deal of current events information and studies.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – This link will send you to the NHTSA home page. The page in question offers information concerning driving safety, vehicle safety, research, data and state laws & regulations.
Florida Department of Transportation – Clicking here sends you to the primary website of the Florida DOT. The page in questions contains information and resources on the department itself, the safety office, various statistics, travel information and FDOT facilities.
The Law Offices of James B. Coulter | Florida Truck Accident Lawyer
The personal injury litigation process can be time-consuming and difficult if not approached in the proper manner. Taking the steps necessary to protect your interests and put yourself in a strong legal position is essential. James Coulter of The Law Offices of James B. Coulter has the experience and legal knowledge to professionally and productively guide you through this complicated procedure.
We take a comprehensive approach to representation, handling every aspect of your case so that you can focus on healing and moving on with your life. We will interview witnesses, gather relevant details and evidence, assess the cost value of your injuries and act as your voice in mediation, arbitration, and trial if need be. Honesty and integrity guide our decision making and we always focus on providing excellent client service that keeps you confident during a volatile and uncertain time.
As a Brevard County based legal practice, we proudly serve individuals and families throughout the cities of Palm Bay, Rockledge, Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Indian Harbour Beach and Viera, among others. This also extends to other cities throughout Central Florida, including Orlando, Apopka, Daytona Beach, Altamonte Springs, Vero Beach, Kissimmee and St. Cloud.
We also offer a free consultation for those who believe they have a valid 18-wheeler personal injury claim. To sit down and go over your case with a qualified attorney so that you can take the right steps in litigation, please call The Law Offices of James B. Coulter or send an online message today.