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Truck Driver Errors

Helping People in the Greater Clearwater Area Pursue Compensation for Their Truck Accidents

There are many different things that can contribute to a major commercial truck accident. From defective safety equipment to malfunctions in the truck itself, numerous factors can cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle they are driving. Unfortunately, many commercial truck accidents are caused by errors made by the truck driver.

According to 2014 data collected by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3,744 people died in truck accidents, while 88,000 suffered injuries. Below, we tell you about truck driver errors that commonly cause accidents.

Improperly Loaded Cargo

The main goal of a trucking company is to move the greatest amount of cargo in the shortest amount of time possible. Because of this goal, truck drivers will often overload or fail to properly secure their cargo to keep up their company deadlines. This type of error can create a dangerous situation for all drivers who are on the road, especially if the truck is travelling at normal highway speeds. Examples of improperly loaded cargo include:

  • Partially Loaded Cargo: Trucks that have partially loaded liquids can slosh back and forth when traveling. This movement can alter the vehicle’s center of gravity and can make the truck more likely to be involved in rollover accidents.
  • Unsecured Cargo: Loose cargo can sometimes fly into oncoming traffic. Unsecured cargo can also shift dangerously during transport, which might cause the truck to overturn.
  • Oversized or Overloaded Cargo: Drivers and their maintenance crews sometimes overload their vehicle with cargo to maximize their numbers. Although this can be caused by poor training, drivers who choose to overload the cargo in their truck can be found negligent if their actions cause an accident.

Driver Fatigue

When a truck driver becomes tired or drowsy, their reaction time is significantly slower and their decision making capabilities are weakened. Commercial truck drivers have to adhere to certain driving limits set by the FMCSA.

Truck drivers can work a maximum of 14 hours a day and can drive for 11 hours a day. Truck drivers also have to be off work for 10 consecutive hours before they can start working another shift. Unfortunately, many truck drivers fail to meet these guidelines and end up driving while they are fatigued, ultimately leading to a deadly accident.

Drug & Alcohol Use

Although there are numerous explicit laws regarding operation of a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, many truck divers continue to work after they have consumed these substances.

Drugs and alcohol can greatly reduce the reaction time and basic skills needed to control a commercial truck. Truck companies are supposed to test their drivers for drug and alcohol use before they are hired.

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Establishing a driver’s negligence in accident cases can be a complex and difficult task. At Roman & Gaynor, we are prepared to help you investigate your accident and file a claim for damages. Our team of lawyers will use our extensive resources and legal experience to ensure that your truck accident case is properly handled. Let us help you today.

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  • $4,356,000 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    Client was rear-ended with great force by an employee of Mercedes Benz of Melbourne on a rural highway in South Florida. The collision was so powerful that three cars were totally destroyed and the client was rendered unconscious. The Client sustained multiple fractures to her arm and ribs, damage to her shoulder and she sustained brain damage. The jury deliberated almost four hours at the conclusion of a six day trial in Brevard County, Florida.
  • $2,700,000 Verdict for Truck Accident Victim
    After a six day trial, a Pasco County Jury awarded our clients $2,161,000.00 for wife and $631,900.00 for husband. The wife sustained a head injury and had a spine surgery. The husband injured his hands, shoulder and knee.
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    Roman & Gaynor sued our client's car insurance company when they refused to take her fractured pelvis seriously. After being pinned between 2 cars in a parking lot, she could not walk normally or return to work. This jury verdict is more than 10 times the amount of the policy she sought, and her insurance company refused to pay, after her injury. State Farm later settled her bad faith claim and Roman & Gaynor collected the excess judgment.
  • $1,175,000.00 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    $1,175,000.00: A New Port Richey man was injured in a motor vehicle collision when his work van was hit and flipped over, causing him to be ejected from his vehicle, crushing his skull. Roman & Gaynor's investigation revealed that the work van was not equipped with operable seatbelts. A lawsuit against his employer, who was responsible for the maintenance of the work van, resulted in a $1,175,000.00 settlement.
  • $850,000.00 Settlement for Husband & Wife
    A Pasco County couple were seriously injured in a rear end collision in Pasco County. After spinal surgeries, Roman & Gaynor successfully negotiated a global settlement in the amount of $850,000 which assisted this couple in rebuilding their lives.
  • $836,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    Our clients, a 56 and 58 year old couple from Pasco County, were stopped for a red light in Tampa when they were rear ended by a distracted driver. Both husband and wife suffered herniated discs as a result of this accident which resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. The at fault party’s insurance carrier asserted a low impact defense, and asserted that our client suffered from these injuries prior to the accident. After protracted litigation, and just 2 months prior to trial, Roman & Gaynor secured a $836,000 settlement in favor of this couple.
  • $820,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    After a year of litigating a case the Defendant never took seriously, Roman & Gaynor negotiated this settlement just to days before trial for a young lady with a spine injury. In this case, a relatively low impact collision led to more than one spinal surgery, including fusion.
  • $600,000.00 Jury Verdict for Accident Victim
    A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 for multiple injuries sustained in a car accident including a broken pelvis. We received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. The Defendant was the driver of a truck who ran a red light.
  • $520,000.00 Settlement in Auto Accident
    A husband and wife were traveling 55 mph in the middle lane when they were suddenly side-swiped. Their vehicle sustained tremendous property damage to the driver’s side and the mirror had even ripped off the door. The at-fault driver fled the scene, but was later charged and arrested for a DUI. The insurance adjuster initially offered to settle the claim for a very minimal amount. The wife underwent neck surgery and the husband had back surgery. After operative reports were submitted to the adjuster, the policy limits of the at-fault party were tendered along with two underinsured motorist policies in this case for a total resolution of $520,000.
  • $425,000.00 Settlement After Semi Tractor Trailor Runs Client Off Road
    Roman and Gaynor's client was driving on US-19 in Louisiana behind a Semi-truck with a trailer attached. After clipping the side of the clients car, the trailer came completely unhinged, causing a devastating collision, resulting in closed head injury. After protracted litigation, settlement was reached in the amount of $425,000.

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