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Accidents involving large trucks, such as tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and semi-trucks, lead to serious injury or fatality at a much higher rate than smaller vehicle collisions. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that only about three percent of all registered motor vehicles are large trucks, yet large trucks play a role in 12 percent of traffic fatalities, leading to more than 5,000 deaths annually. Additionally, individuals sustain significant injury in 23 percent of nonfatal truck accidents. Large trucks are also involved in fatal multiple vehicle crashes and fatal automobile fires at far higher rates than cars, motorcycles, ATVs and boats.
At Morris & Widman, P.A., a Sarasota personal injury law firm, our experienced attorneys recognize just how dangerous truck collisions can be. Our clients include those who suffered very serious injuries in trucking crashes often caused by inattention or negligence. We understand the unique issues that accompany truck accident cases and know how to obtain the maximum compensation possible for their injuries.
Large trucks are complicated vehicles to operate and maintain. In fact, truck drivers must complete extensive training, carry special licenses and adhere to strict guidelines involving rest, substance consumption and cargo loading. But despite the stringent laws, many trucking accidents still result from driver negligence. A negligent driver who causes an accident that leads to serious injury or death might become distracted, drive while extremely fatigued and without adhering to rest regulations, fail to load or secure cargo properly or fail to perform necessary maintenance and safety checks. Additionally, liability could extend to trucking companies or other employers who fail to provide drivers with sufficient training or neglect to enforce existing regulations.
The Sarasota truck accident attorneys of Morris & Widman, P.A. are prepared to hold negligent drivers responsible for the serious injuries they cause in crashes, such as the following:
Victims of personal injury in trucking accidents are entitled to coverage for medical expenses, personal vehicle damage, property damage and physical and emotional distress. A Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer from Morris & Widman, P.A. can pursue the maximum compensation possible either through negotiation or ??? if necessary ??? at trial.
At Morris & Widman, P.A., we are fully equipped to handle even the most complex truck accident injury cases. Our firm, located in historic downtown Venice, offers free initial consultations, and further fees are on a contingency basis ??? meaning you don???t pay anything unless we obtain compensation for you.
Put our experience to work for you. We can help. For more information, or to speak directly with a skilled truck accident lawyer in Sarasota today, call 941.552.4616 or contact us online.
Morris & Widman, P.A. is available to handle legal malpractice and personal injury cases throughout Florida, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, Gainesville, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Titusville, Melbourne, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Naples, Fort Myers, Tallahassee and Pensacola.