The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that around half a million truck accidents happen every year. What’s more, these accidents cause 12 percent of the total number of vehicular accident deaths each year (amounting to around 5,000 deaths annually). In most cases, the individuals in passenger vehicles suffer much more severe injuries and a higher rate of fatality than truck drivers.
If you were injured or lost a loved one due to a trucking accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. These types of claims can be incredibly complex, as there are often a number of different liable parties, including the truck driver, the trucking company, or even the manufacturer of a defective truck part. It is crucial that you speak to an experienced attorney about your case.
Reach out to The Fran Haasch Law Group for a free evaluation with one of our truck accident attorneys in Clearwater or the nearby areas. Call (727) 228-6220 to get started.
Proving Negligence in Truck Accident Claims
Most truck accidents are attributable to the truck driver’s negligence or speed. In order to prove that the truck driver and the associated trucking company are to be held accountable for an accident, it’s necessary to provide sufficient evidence.
There are several ways to prove truck accident negligence:
- Data Recording Systems: For starters, most modern trucks are equipped with an advanced data recording system. This built-in device gives a record of the speed, distance, and other relevant variables that can be investigated if a truck accident occurs.
- Drug/Alcohol Testing: Negligence on behalf of the driver due to drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs can easily be tested through alcohol/drug screening. The truck driver’s previous history of offenses and records can also be investigated to produce a solid case.
- Truck Maintenance & Driver Safety: Truck accident negligence can also be judged according to the trucking company’s level of vehicle maintenance and requirements for drivers regarding motor safety rules. In these cases, when the trucker’s negligence is inconspicuous, the truck’s maintenance and the company’s focus on its employees’ education regarding road safety protocols can be assessed.
At The Fran Haasch Law Group, our Clearwater truck accident attorneys work with a team of specialists, including accident reconstruction experts, to determine exactly how the accident occurred and who is liable. This allows us to aggressively advocate for the maximum recovery our clients are owed.
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The Fran Haasch Law Group is a dedicated personal injury firm based in Palm Harbor and serving clients in Clearwater, Tampa, Palm Harbor, St. Petersburg, and the Greater Tampa Bay Region and beyond. Our knowledgeable and professional attorneys can help you clearly understand all of your legal rights and options. We understand how to take on large trucking companies and major insurance providers, and we are not afraid to take your case to court whenever necessary. We offer contingent fees, meaning we front all of the costs and, if we do not successfully recover compensation on your behalf, whether through a settlement or verdict, you do not pay.
Call (727) 228-6220 or submit an online contact form to speak to our office about your truck accident case.