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Commercial trucks and big rigs play an essential role in the transportation of goods throughout the country. Unfortunately, they also represent some of the greatest potential hazards to other motorists. The sheer size of these vehicles practically guarantees that any accident in which they are involved will be serious, if not catastrophic.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, you need an experienced attorney to fight for you. With offices near Fort Pierce in Stuart, Vero Beach, and Port St. Lucie, truck accident attorneyDavid Golden, serving the entire St. Lucie County and Treasure Coast area, is committed to protecting the rights of victims and helping them obtain the truck accident compensation they need and deserve.
Contact David Golden, P.A. in Port St. Lucie or Stuart today to schedule a free consultation.
Truck Accident Causes in Port St. Lucie
Large trucks and commercial vehicles do not respond the way that typical automobiles respond. Due to their size, tractor-trailers and big rigs have wide turning radiuses. They also require greater distances to stop and often have larger blind spots in which other motorists can be hidden. For properly trained and alert drivers, the hazards posed by big rigs and other oversized trailer to other motorists are largely avoided. Unfortunately, many truck accidents occur as the result of limited training and driver negligence.
Among the most common causes of truck accidents are:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver distraction
- Reckless driving
- Equipment failure
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Improperly loaded or overloaded cargo
Responsibilities of Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies
Given the dangers that Semi Trucks can pose to other motorists on the road, truck drivers and their employers must make sure that they consistently meet a certain standard of safety. For example, trucking companies are responsible for employing competent drivers who have the appropriate training and experience. To that end, they are obligated to perform proper and routine drug testing and criminal background checks while also providing ongoing training, if necessary.
Additionally, state and federal regulations require truck drivers to maintain logs that track their status and activity while both on duty and off. These logs record miles driven and hours worked in a given time period. Commercial truck drivers must also observe laws governing maximum driving and on-duty time. This includes making rest stops at specific intervals.
The law prohibits drivers from operating their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (even legal ones). Furthermore, they are required to perform necessary safety inspections and maintain the safe condition of their trucks. When truck drivers and trucking companies do not meet their responsibility to ensure the safety of the vehicles they own and operate, it is other motorists who often pay the tragic price.
Truck Accident Attorney Serving Port St. Lucie County and Neighboring Communities
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident, you need to consult with an attorney who will fight for justice on your behalf. Contact the David Golden, P.A., or call us at 888-527-0343 in Stuart, Vero Beach, and Port St. Lucie, near Fort Pierce, to discuss your case with an experienced truck accident attorney.
Serving St. Lucie County, Martin County, and communities throughout the Treasure Coast, Attorney David Golden and the staff at David Golden, P.A. are committed to helping truck accident victims and their families obtain the compensation they need and deserve.