Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer in Clearwater

Protecting Your Rights After a Commercial Vehicle

Tractor-trailers are commercial vehicles that transport considerable amounts of cardo across public roads and highways. As large articulated vehicles, these massive machines are commonly comprised of a truck tractor unit and one or more trailers. Because tractor-trailers are typically more difficult to maneuver and more susceptible to being thrown off balance than other vehicles and trucks, they pose significant risks to public safety.

At Roman & Gaynor, we know the risks commercial tractor-trailers pose on our roads, and we have represented many individuals and families who fell victim to those risks, especially when they were exacerbated by negligence. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a tractor-trailer wreck in Clearwater, New Port Richey, or any of the surrounding communities of Florida, you can be confident about placing your trust in truck accident attorneys who fight aggressively for justice and full compensation.

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Tractor-Trailer Risks & Regulations

In order to manage risks posed by tractor trailers, drivers and the companies who operate these vehicles have a duty to take reasonable steps in ensuring safety and addressing potential hazards. They must also comply with a number of state and federal laws, which focus on reducing risks associated with common causes of trucking wrecks, including:

  • Cargo securement – As articulated vehicles with a pivot point, tractor-trailers are highly susceptible to jackknife accidents and tip overs, especially when cargo is improperly loaded or secured. For these reasons, truckers and companies must ensure all goods and cargo are loaded in accordance to regulations.
  • Driver fatigue – A tired driver can be just as dangerous as a drunk driver, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and even more of a danger when they are behind the wheel of a large tractor-trailer. To prevent risks created by fatigued and drowsy drivers, truckers and companies must comply with hours-of-service rules, which stipulate working hours for truckers, limit the amount of time they can drive or be on duty, and mandate periodic rest breaks.
  • Vehicle maintenance – When vehicle components are aging, broken, or in disrepair, risks of crashes increase exponentially. Even minor issues with tires, brakes, and trailer hitches on tractor-trailers can result in devastating wrecks. As such, truckers and companies must regularly inspect their fleet, perform regular maintenance, and fix any potential hazards that can lead to preventable accidents.
  • Safe drivers – In addition to ensuring drivers of tractor-trailers get adequate rest and are not overworked, companies also have an obligation to ensure they are safe, certified, and fit for duty. When trucking operators negligently hire or allow drivers to operate tractor-trailers with poor driving records, health conditions that preclude them from having a commercial driver’s license, substance abuse issues, and other red flags, they place everyone at risk.

Understanding Your Rights as a Victim

When tractor-trailer drivers or trucking companies fail to uphold their legal duties for safe operation of their vehicles, violate safety regulations, or commit acts of negligence that lead to preventable wrecks, victims harmed in those accidents have a right to pursue personal injury cases to hold them liable for their damages. These can include their economic damages (medical expenses, lost income, physical therapy costs, etc.) and non-economic damages (pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and mental anguish). Families who lose loved ones in fatal wrecks also have a right to seek compensation through wrongful death claims.

Although the personal injury and wrongful death claim process provide pathways to justice and compensation, positive outcomes are never guaranteed. This is because trucking companies and their insurance providers have financial interests at stake, and often prioritize their profits over victims when disputing and underpaying claims. By working with experienced lawyers who can level the playing field, you give yourself a chance to fight for the recovery you are rightfully entitled to under the law.

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Led by Board Certified Civil Trial Specialists, our legal team has the tools and resources to handle challenging cases, including those involving serious tractor-trailer accidents, catastrophic injuries, and wrongful death. If you wish to learn more about your legal rights and how we can fight on your behalf, contact us for a FREE consultation. Roman & Gaynor is available 24/7 to help.