Large blind spots, long stopping distances, and wide turn radiuses can make large trucks and tractor trailers hazardous. As such, drivers must know these limitations when they operate their motor vehicles on St. Petersburg roadways. In some instances, however, accidents still take place as a result of a truck driver’s negligence. For example, the truck driver may not properly calculate a stop or turn distance or radius, bringing about a serious collision with a smaller motor vehicle.
Truck accidents can result in serious and catastrophic injuries and damages, including permanent disabilities that may require long-term care and medical treatments. If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury in a truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, Florida law may entitle you to pursue monetary compensation under the law. The experienced St. Petersburg truck accident lawyers at Dolman Law Group can meet with you to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case, negotiate with the truck driver or trucking company’s insurer on your behalf, or litigate your case through the court system if necessary.
No Zones and Other Potentially Hazardous Areas
Commercial truck drivers have extremely limited visibility—large blind spots oftentimes referred to as no zones—around the front, back, and sides of their long vehicles. Other motor vehicle drivers should do their best to stay out of these hazardous areas.
Large commercial trucks also require longer following distances than most smaller vehicles. As a general rule, if you cannot see the truck’s side view mirrors, the truck driver cannot see you. Similarly, drivers should take care when passing large trucks due to the truck driver’s limited visibility, and should take particular care to stay out of a truck driver’s blind spots when a truck turns, backs up, or changes lanes on busy highways or roadways.
Negligent St. Petersburg Truck Drivers
No matter how careful motorists drive around commercial trucks, serious accidents and injuries can still take place. Drivers of large, heavy, and fast trucks and tractor-trailers can cause serious accidents and personal injuries when they ignore or violate Florida Rules of the Road. Common examples of St. Petersburg truck driver negligence include:
- Reckless, careless, or distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or drugs (DUID)
- Following other vehicles too closely
- Failing to maintain proper turning distances
- Failing to see smaller vehicles on the road
- Cutting curves too sharply
- Fatigued driving
- Failing to use turn signals
- Abrupt lane changes
- Driving too fast for hazardous road conditions
- Failing to take the proper precautions while backing up
- Failing to abide by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations
When truck drivers fail to operate their trucks in safe, careful, and reasonably prudent ways, serious accidents and injuries can result—including rear-end accidents; multi-vehicle, chain-reaction collisions; tractor or trailer overturns; chemical waste spills; or trailer cargo dislodging from the trailer onto the roadway.
Parties Responsible for Truck Accidents
When truck and tractor-trailer drivers operate their vehicles in negligent ways, victims can obviously hold them responsible, firsthand, for the injuries and damages they cause. However, if the trucker drove negligently while in the scope of employment with a trucking company, the trucking company could face secondary liability for the accident—as well as for any injuries and damages sustained.
A trucking company may also face responsibility for negligently entrusting the truck driver to operate a motor vehicle while on the roadway, for negligently supervising the truck driver, or for negligently hiring or retaining the truck driver—especially if the truck driver is a repeat offender or has a bad driving record.
Common Injuries in St. Petersburg Truck Accidents
A truck or tractor trailer’s large size and high rate of speed can cause catastrophic injuries. Common injuries sustained in St. Petersburg truck accidents include:
-Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
-Serious cuts, abrasions, and permanent scars
These catastrophic injuries can result in:
- Lengthy hospital stays
- Long courses of medical treatments or physical therapy
- Future medical procedures
- Long-term care at nursing homes or other assisted living facilities
All of these damages entitle victims to full compensation under the law. An accident victim who sustained permanent injuries and damages in the truck accident may have to work at a lighter duty job—or change professions altogether because of a sudden inability to meet the physical demands of a particular job. Similarly, the accident victim may not play sports, engage in recreational activities, or spend time with family to the same extent as before the accident. Florida law entitles victims to compensation for all of the inconvenience, permanency, and lost quality of life associated with accident injuries and damages.
Contact a St. Petersburg Truck Accident Lawyer Today for a Free Initial Case Evaluation and Legal Consultation
Proving a truck accident case can require the services of expert witnesses, such as accident reconstruction specialists who can determine what caused a particular accident. Moreover, some insurance companies will even try to allege that the injured accident victim caused or contributed to the accident, such as by following the truck too closely or driving in a no-zone. When that happens, you need a skilled truck accident lawyer on your side who can advocate for all of your legal rights. The truck accident lawyers at Dolman Law Group can advocate at both the negotiating table and in the courtroom. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a St. Petersburg truck accident lawyer, please call us at (727) 222-6922 or contact us online.
Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712