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Nearly 70% of all commercial freight in the United States is delivered by truck. This has made the trucking industry one of the largest and most competitive businesses in America. Tractor-trailers are a common sight on highways throughout the nation.
Unfortunately, due to their massive size and weight, truck accidents can lead to serious personal injury and even wrongful death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that someone is seriously injured or killed in a tractor-trailer accident every 16 minutes.
Causes Of Truck Accidents
Because of industry competition, trucking companies often impose unrealistic schedules on their drivers, asking them to meet impossible delivery deadlines. This can lead to fatigued driving, which is one of the most common causes of truck accidents.
Other factors that frequently lead to truck accidents include:
- Inadequate truck maintenance
- Overweight cargo
- Brake failure
- Distracted driving
Federal trucking laws are designed to minimize each of these problems and reduce the number of truck accidents that occur. When trucking companies or drivers violate federal laws in order to serve the company’s bottom dollar, they can and should be held accountable for negligence.
Are You Prepared to Fight the Trucking Industry?
Every time a truck accident happens, trucking companies will work quickly to protect their own interests by sending lawyers, representatives, and investigators to the scene of the accident. Without an experienced attorney on your side, you risk letting important evidence slip through your fingers, or not knowing the full extent of your rights.
It is essential to protect yourself legally if you have been injured in a commercial truck accident. Our experienced team at The Law Offices of Stephen A. Smith are dedicated to helping injured truck accident victims pursue the compensation they deserve. We are familiar with the tactics that trucking companies will use to downplay your injuries, and we know how to effectively fight back to protect you every step of the way.
If you have been injured in a truck accident because of the driver or trucking company’s negligence, please contact The Law Offices of Stephen A. Smith today to schedule a free case evaluation. We represent clients nationwide, with offices in Jacksonville, Florida.