Florida roads are full of commercial vehicles, including semi-trucks, construction vehicles, delivery trucks and tow trucks. Commercial trucks are classified as vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more, compared to a normal passenger vehicle which weighs on average around 4,000 pounds. Due to the size of these vehicles, crashes involving these trucks can result in severe injuries and often times fatalities. The causes of these accidents can include:
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to use turn signals
Because commercial trucks can be dangerous, there are additional restrictions and requirements placed on their use, such as a driver having a CDL, hour restrictions, and maintenance requirements. It is important to have an attorney who is familiar with laws and regulations regarding commercial trucks. The attorneys at Pilka Adams & Reed, P.A. have experience handling cases with all types of commercial vehicles, including semi-trucks, cement mixers, and moving trucks.
Even though the driver of the truck may have caused the accident, he or she may not be the only one legally responsible for the accident. Often times when a driver is on the job, the company the driver is working for is also legally responsible for the accident. The attorneys at Pilka Adams & Reed, P.A. will be able to assist you in determining all parties that can be held legally responsible for your injuries.