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Trucking Accidents

Are you one of those people who gets nervous when you are driving on a highway and you pull up next to a large semi-truck? I drive on I-4 every day as I travel into DeLand, and I am keenly aware of all of the trucks that are on the road. I know that the drivers are carrying large heavy loads that may be unstable. I know that there is a good chance that the driver has driven through the night, or, slept in his truck at a rest stop and may not be as sharp as someone who got a full night rest. I know that the driver may be rushing to meet a deadline and may not look twice before changing lanes. I also know that it takes trucks longer to stop and they can take chances when approaching a yellow light that may be turning red.

When I think of trucking accidents, I think of accidents on a much larger scale. The trucks are larger, the injuries can be greater, and the insurance companies are bigger. In addition, the lawsuit may be different than filing suit against the driver of a standard vehicle. In many situations, we sue the trucking company as opposed to the driver.

Be aware of trucks on the road and treat them with caution

The best way to prevent an injury is to drive defensively. When you see a truck on the road, make sure to give the driver plenty of space. Allow the driver to change lanes instead of trying to speed around them. When a light turns green, take a moment to look both ways before pulling into an intersection. A large dump truck full of gravel may have every intention to stop, but may be unable to avoid an accident.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This is an arm of Department of Transportation that collects data and research in the trucking industry to set regulations to reduce the number of trucking crashes and deaths. They have taken measures to reduce the number of hours drivers are on the road to reduce driver’s fatigue. These regulations can also affect how your case is pursued.

If you are one of the unfortunate people who have suffered injuries after an accident with a truck, please contact a lawyer immediately. Attorney Thompson has the experience and knowledge to handle these claims on your behalf, and has the ability to guide you through the process. Settling your claim is only part of what Attorney Thompson will do for you. Unlike many personal injury firms, Attorney Thompson limits the number of cases he handles. This allows your attorney to be available to speak to you, instead of a paralegal or a case manager. If you have questions during your treatment, you can pick up the phone and dial Attorney Thompson directly to his cell phone with your question. Having a full understanding of not only your case, but your individual needs and struggles, assists Attorney Thompson in preparing your case for trial. Each case is different, each client is different, call Thompson Law, P.A. today to set up a free consultation to meet Attorney Thompson to let him get to you know. Call (386) 463-4LAW (4529), or toll free at (877) 934-4LAW (4529).

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