TRUCK/TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENTS


SHORSTEIN, LASNETSKI, & GIHON
helps victims of truck or tractor trailer accidents.


Shorstein, Lasnetski, & Gihon helps victims of Commercial Vehicle (Semi and Tractor Trailer) accidents.  Commercial vehicle accidents often occur due to overtired, sometimes medicated long distance commercial drivers crashing into unsuspecting victims.  If you or a loved one was the victim of a commercial vehicle crash, call us now so we can discuss your rights and preserve evidence that might be crucial in proving your claim. 

What is a commercial vehicle crash?

A commercial vehicle is one that is driven for business purposes, rather than personal purposes.  Most often, this involves a large semi transported goods or products over long distances, but it can also include other trucks engaged in transportation of products.  There are many federal regulations on the trucking industry that are designed to protect the unsuspecting motorist from overworked or under trained truck drivers.

Accidents involving commercial motor vehicles (also called big truck, tractor trailers, semi's and 18 wheelers) raise many issues not found in other auto accident cases. In order to properly and thoroughly investigate and litigate a tractor trailer accident case, your lawyer must understand the body of Federal regulations governing these tractor trailers, complicated insurance coverage issues and the many different factors that can cause or contribute to a tractor trailer crash.

What are some issues that arise in commercial vehicle crashes?

Because of the significant size and weight of tractor trailers, accidents caused by them often result in serious injuries to other drivers. There are typically many factors that cause or contribute to the crash and those injuries. Examples of questions you will want answered are:
  • What kind of safety records do the tractor-trailer driver and company have?
  • Was the tractor trailer driver qualified to drive that tractor trailer? Should he even have been hired by the trucking company to drive a tractor trailer?
  • What kind of background check did the company do to ensure that its tractor trailer driver was safe? If a thorough background check was not done, what would a thorough background check have uncovered?
  • Was the tractor trailer driver in physical and mental condition to be driving the tractor trailer at the time of the crash?

How common are commercial vehicle accidents?

In 2015, there were 22,422 traffic crashes in Duval county.  Of these 22,422 crashes, 2,420 involved commercial vehicles.  That is an average of 6 or 7 traffic crashes per day involving semis or other commercial vehicles in Duval county alone.  Here are some other statistics related to Commercial Vehicle Crashes over the last 2 years.:

TOTAL NUMBER OF COMMERCIAL VEHICLE CRASHES

  • 2015
    • Florida - 38,201
    • Duval - 2,420
    • Clay - 191
    • Nassau - 159
    • Baker - 72
    • Orange - 2,548
    • Seminole - 582
  • 2014
    • Florida - 34,439
    • Duval - 1971
    • Clay - 201
    • Nassau - 157
    • Baker - 58
    • Orange - 2,323
    • Seminole - 493

* All statistics obtained from Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and FIRES (Florida's Integrated Report Exchange System)


Above are just some of the questions that should be answered to completely investigate a tractor trailer crash. There are often many more issues that need to be addressed by a lawyer who knows where to look and how to uncover the evidence that will show why the crash happened and how it could and should have been prevented.

However, some of this evidence may disappear over time. If you have been involved in a crash with a tractor trailer it is important to quickly contact a lawyer who understands the many issues involved in your case.


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