TYPES OF TRUCKING VIOLATIONS
If you were involved in an accident with a large truck, you may wonder what you can do to hold the truck driver or trucking company accountable. If the driver or his or her employer violated any type of traffic law, trucking regulation or other law set forth by state or federal regulations or legislation, this may provide grounds for a successful claim and a settlement or award that could make all the difference.
At Robert Sparks Attorneys, we have a complete understanding of the various laws, regulations and safety standards that govern the trucking industry and commercial drivers in Florida. This knowledge gives our Tampa truck accident attorneys the ability to accurately discern whether a trucking violation caused a collision and how to proceed with an insurance claim or lawsuit against the responsible party.
We can handle cases involving any of the following types of violations, plus many others:
- Hours-of-service violations (working too long or driving for too many consecutive hours with insufficient breaks)
- Fatigued truck driver
- Failure to keep driving/work log book
- Inaccurate or falsified log book
- Failure to properly inspect or maintain a truck and its parts
- Alcohol or drug possession by a commercial driver
- Commercial driver drug or alcohol use
- DUI (driving under the influence) by a truck driver
- Open container violation
- Reckless driving
- Aggressive driving
- Road rage
- Dangerous lane change
- Failure to yield the right of way
- All other traffic violations
- Improperly loaded truck (unsecured, overloaded, unbalanced)
- Overweight truck
- Unlicensed or uninsured truck driver
- Truck registration violation
- Medical certificate violation
- Following too close (tailgating)
- Failure by trucking company to conduct routine and random drug/alcohol testing of drivers
- Negligent hiring practices by trucking companies
A violation of traffic regulations, federal trucking regulations, Florida trucking laws, workplace safety standards or criminal law may end in a truck accident. Though the accident may have resulted from negligence or wrongdoing on the part of a truck driver or trucking company, the person most likely to pay the price is an occupant of another vehicle or a non-occupant, such as a pedestrian or bicyclist. Truck drivers are least likely to be injured in traffic collisions, according to nationwide accident statistics.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) accident statistics from 2012 involving large trucks, vehicles with gross weights of 10,000 pounds or more, show that truck drivers make up the smallest percentage of people killed in collisions. In multi-vehicle truck accidents in 2012, truck occupants accounted for a mere 7.8% of fatalities. Occupants of other vehicles accounted for 81.2% and non-occupants represented the remaining 11%. Injury statistics showed similar results, with 79.2% of injuries occurring in occupants of other vehicles, 3.1% affecting non-occupants and 17.7% affecting truck occupants.
Seek Justice After a Violation of Trucking Regulations
If you are ready to find out what steps can be taken after trucking regulations are violated by commercial drivers or motor carriers, call a Tampa truck accident lawyer at our firm. Violations of laws set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the State of Florida create unnecessary hazards for everyone on the road. Semi-trucks, tanker trucks, tractor-trailers and big rigs are formidable vehicles that must be operated with experience and care because of the serious threat of harm they pose. Drivers and companies that violate regulations should be held responsible. With our experience in this complicated field and the resources to investigate our clients' cases, we at Robert Sparks Attorneys are well-prepared to help truck accident victims seek justice when these violations occur.
Contact our Tampa offices today for a free case review and find out how we can help you.