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Number of Fatal Tractor Trailer Accidents Is Increasing

Florida truck accident attorneys successfully recover compensation for injured victims

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), there were of 44,808 commercial vehicle crashes in 2018, an increase over the previous year’s total of 43,920 commercial vehicle accidents. During the first two months of 2019 alone, there have been more than 6,500 commercial vehicle crashes in the Sunshine State. Truck accident attorneys at Florida’s Ged Lawyers, LLP, skillfully handle accident claims involving tractor trailers, successfully recovering compensation for injured victims.

Rear-end crashes are common

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has a long history of investigating rear-end crashes and has issued numerous recommendations in an effort to reduce this occurrence. The NTSB encourages technological countermeasures and the installation of performance standards in passenger and commercial vehicles. Drivers of commercial vehicles are governed by state and federal regulations, and federal regulations provide safety guidelines for coupling and decoupling of tractor trailers. Tractor trailer accidents often result from drivers not being adequately trained in operating the vehicle, driver fatigue, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Improper trailer decoupling presents a safety hazard

Improper trailer decoupling poses a significant safety hazard. Dropped trailers on public roadways pose serious risks for everyone in the vicinity. Unsafe coupling and decoupling of semitrailers may be attributed to poor maintenance, operator error, or mechanical failure.

Legal time frames for filing a personal injury claim in Florida

The legal time frame for filing a claim in the civil court system – known as the statute of limitations – varies from state to state. In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years from the time the accident occurred. This is a firm legal deadline. If you fail to file your personal injury claim before the four-year deadline expires, the court will refuse to hear your case and you will have lost your opportunity to recover any compensation for the injuries you sustained.

We hold negligent parties accountable for your injuries

Tractor trailer accidents often result in serious injuries due to the size and weight of these large commercial vehicles. You may be facing ongoing medical treatment, surgeries, lost wages, loss of earned sick and vacation time, and other damages. At Ged Lawyers, LLP, our accomplished tractor trailer accident attorneys are experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated to fighting on your behalf to recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Members of our team are available to answer your questions regarding the personal injury claims process, explain your rights under the law, and discuss your options. Arrange for a free, confidential consultation by contacting our office at 844-443-3529 or online. Ged Lawyers, LLP represent a diverse clientele, with multilingual services available in Arabic, Creole, Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and other languages.