Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida
Accidents involving 18-wheelers all too often result in severe personal injury or death. Most 18-wheeler accidents involve a smaller truck or automobile, and when you compare the size and weight of these vehicles, it should be no surprise that a light truck or automobile does not stand much of a chance in the event of an accident. In fact, the drivers and occupants of automobiles, light trucks, and other smaller vehicles make up 86 percent of fatalities in these accidents.
Due to the severity of injuries occurring in truck accidents, it is important to be represented by an attorney who is experienced in the complex issues surrounding these accidents. Orlando truck accident lawyer Stephen J. Knox has been helping truck accident victims in Central Florida receive the compensation they deserve for over two decades. He has the skills and experience needed to battle insurance companies in order to get you a fair settlement.
Truck Accident Statistics
The following facts illustrate the serious problem truck accidents pose to Florida drivers:
- Florida consistently ranks in the top 3 for number of annual fatal truck accidents by state
- Over 30 percent of truck driver fatalities are due to driver fatigue
- Approximately two-thirds of truck driver fatalities have one or more drugs in their system
- One of every eight traffic-related fatalities involve 18-wheelers
- 20 percent of truck drivers admit to falling asleep at the wheel at least once in the previous three months
Federal trucking regulations limit the number of hours a truck driver can be on the road. While this may help decrease the number of truck accidents to some degree, such regulations are not enough to eliminate them entirely. Trucking companies with a bottom line to consider often skirt around such regulations, causing truckers to remain on the road in spite of fatigue, inclement weather and other unsafe driving conditions. As a result, trucking companies are often proven at-fault in truck-related accidents.
A Complex Area of Law
Commercial trucks are subject to different laws and insurance issues than non-commercial vehicles. If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, you may be entitled to several sources of compensation for your damages. It is important to work with a truck accident lawyer who understands the nuanced laws governing truck accidents in order to ensure that you receive proper compensation.
Stephen J. Knox has more than 23 years of experience helping injured truck accident victims recover compensation for their injuries. If you have been involved in a truck accident, Mr. Knox can help you determine the party or parties who are liable for your damages. While Mr. Knox will always try to settle your claim whenever possible, he is always prepared to fight relentlessly in court for your rights if necessary.
If you live in the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida areas and have been involved in a truck accident, please contact our Orlando personal injury law office today to arrange your free case evaluation. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.