The dedicated and effective Fort Myers truck accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Marc L. Shapiro, P.A., have decades of experience helping victims recover the damages they are owed from truck drivers, trucking companies, and insurance companies after serious Florida truck accidents. If you or a loved one were injured or killed in a truck accident in Southern Florida, you can trust the trucking accident legal team at The Law Offices of Marc L. Shapiro, P.A. to fight for the recovery you are owed.
Trucker Fatigue and Federal Safety Regulations
Truck drivers face long, punishing hours on U.S. roadways. They haul important goods from one side of the country to another and are motivated to finish their trips as soon as possible to meet deadlines and get back on the road to serve more clients. The long hours, empty roads, and limited sleep, however, can take a toll: Truckers are known to fall asleep or drift off behind the wheel, leading to serious accidents. Truck drivers may also self-medicate with alcohol or other drugs to stay entertained and alert, adding to the danger.
To mitigate the dangers posed by tired truckers, federal regulators restrict the amount of time a trucker is permitted to spend behind the wheel in a given day, week, or trip, as well as requiring rest breaks and overnight stops. Truck drivers, unfortunately, do not always follow these “hours of service” (HOS) regulations. They may be personally motivated by the need to finish a job sooner or get more work due to limited pay, and freight companies may turn a blind eye or even encourage their employees to ignore safety regulations to complete more trips and earn more for the company.
If a trucking company does not take appropriate steps to mitigate the dangers of drowsy truck driving, they are directly liable for any injuries or other damages that their employees cause. Moreover, if freight companies fail to adhere to other safety laws and regulations by, for example, failing to train drivers properly, failing to install updated safety equipment, or failing to ensure that trucks in their fleet are properly maintained, then they must be held liable for any accidents that result.
The knowledgeable Fort Myers truck accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Marc L. Shapiro, P.A. understand the rules and regulations underling the trucking industry, and we know how to investigate whether those laws were being followed. We can help you prove that a trucker or their employer negligently disregarded safety regulations and caused your accident and injuries.
How a Seasoned Fort Myers Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Trucking accidents can be complicated, difficult affairs. Unlike the typical car accident, a truck accident can involve a multitude of parties including the driver, their employer, vehicle manufacturers, the company that owns the goods being hauled, the contractors that loaded the truck, the city, county, or state that designed the highway or intersection where the accident took place, and many others. Many additional factors may also be at play, including how the truck was loaded, what safety equipment the truck had, and whether the driver and freight company were adhering to federal and state safety regulations.
If you or a loved one were hurt or killed in a Florida truck accident, you need a knowledgeable and experienced truck crash attorney in your corner to ensure that you have all angles covered and all aspects of your case prepared to be as strong as possible.
The dedicated Fort Myers truck crash legal team at The Law Offices of Marc L. Shapiro, P.A. will represent and advise you and your family from day one after an accident. We will stand by your side through every step of the case, performing legal services like the following:
- Communicating and negotiating with insurance providers
- Collecting documents, medical bills, traffic camera footage, and other valuable evidence
- Identifying all parties who might be liable for a truck collision, including truck drivers, freight companies, contractors, insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers, and any other parties who may be involved
- Examining the physical evidence to help isolate facts, including causation and damages
- Preparing your insurance claim forms
- Retaining medical experts, as well as traffic and trucking experts, to recreate your accident and prove your case
- Establishing liability for your injuries and proving the extent of your harm to maximize your damages
- Filing court documents
- Arguing your case in court through motions, trial, and appeal
- Researching and evaluating the state and federal laws and regulations applicable to your case and the trucking defendants
- Negotiating with defense attorneys and providing advice regarding any settlement offers
Call a Dedicated Fort Myers Truck Accident Attorney
After a Florida trucking accident, you should focus on recovering from your injuries and preserving the well-being of your family. Let the experienced and knowledgeable truck crash lawyers at The Law Offices of Marc L. Shapiro, P.A., shoulder the burden of investigating, arguing, and proving your truck accident case. We dedicate ourselves to securing the monetary damages owed to our clients so that they can work on getting their lives back in order after a serious truck crash. We serve clients injured by accidents in Fort Myers, Naples and throughout Southwestern Florida. Call our Southern Florida truck crash law office at 239-649-8050 today for a free consultation.