Truck drivers have a duty to be as safe as possible on the road. They are supposed to be professionals, and part of professional driving is adhering to the stringent safety requirements. When truck drivers fail to obey the rules of the road, or the rules of their profession, they put everyone on the road at risk.
Some truck drivers are not professionals. Moving companies rent fairly large trucks to drivers with no special training in handling these vehicles. Truck renters may not fully comprehend the inherent differences between driving a truck and driving a passenger car or van.
A passenger car is no match for an eighteen-wheeler, or even a box truck. If you are the surviving family member of a truck accident victim, you may have reason to file a wrongful death claim in Florida. Call us to learn more about your options.
Motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians are particularly vulnerable on Florida’s roadways, and even a small mistake by a truck operator could prove fatal. Consider what would happen if a motorcycle traveling at highway speeds was cut off by a large truck. The sheer size of the truck would limit the evasive maneuvers available to the driver, and the motorcyclist could lose control. A trucker only has to lose concentration for a moment to wander into the narrow shoulder of an arterial road where pedestrians and bicyclists are at risk.
Our nation’s economy relies heavily on ground shipping, which means we share our highways and roads with tractor-trailers and other big rigs transporting goods around the country and around the state. Drivers are often pushed to complete deliveries in very tight time frames. While laws exist to ensure drivers get enough rest, drivers might try to push too far and fall asleep behind the wheel. Other drivers have been found using drugs and alcohol or driving while distracted. Even a moment’s distraction can prove disastrous.
You need a Florida wrongful death lawyer to tell you whether or not you have a legitimate reason to pursue a claim against the driver, the trucking company or others. The Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. may be able to help you and your family recover monetary compensation for a wrongful death resulting from a truck accident in the state of Florida. Call us at 407-425-2000, or toll free at 888-425-2004 for a free consultation.