Lakeland Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers
Every day while traveling, residents of Polk County may drive along I-4, I-75 and I-275 alongside tractor-trailers and semi trucks that frequently carry loads between Lakeland, Tampa and Orlando. Trucking accidents may cause severe injuries and may involve issues including faulty trucking equipment and unbalanced loads. If you or a loved one has been severely injured due to a semi truck accident, contact Lakeland tractor trailer accident lawyers at Burnetti, P.A.
Causes of Tractor Trailer & Semi Truck Accidents
In 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were 286,000 large truck accidents, a nearly a 9% increase over the previous year. Nationwide, one out of nine traffic fatalities in 2008 resulted from a collision involving a large truck. In 2009, 286,000 large truck crashes were reported, accounting for 4% of all motor vehicle accidents.
The weight of the tractor trailer, 18-wheeler or semi truck may be up to 80,000 pounds and 75 feet in length; when combined with the speed it was traveling, it produces an impact that can cause severe or even critical injuries. The major causes of tractor trailer accidents include:
- Excessive speed
- Poorly maintained trucks
- Distracting driving
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Driver fatigue
- Unsafe road conditions
- Equipment defects (brakes, tires, etc.)
- Truck design defects
- Road construction
- Inadequate or obstructed signage
Steps to Take After a Trucking Accident
A trucking accident may cause severe injuries such as broken bones, head injuries or even brain injuries. It is important to take the proper steps after the accident that may help with medical expenses, lost wages, and extensive property damage.
- Seek the appropriate medical treatment and documentation including the details of your injury
- Obtain the accident report
- If possible, get the names of any witnesses of the accident
If you have been injured in a tractor trailer accident, a Lakeland personal injury lawyer may be able to help you pursue a claim against the negligent party(s).
Contact Lakeland Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you reside in Lakeland or the surrounding Polk County area, you may be able to be compensated if you or a loved one has been injured due to a negligent party. Contact Lakeland tractor trailer lawyers at Burnetti, P.A. today for a free consultation or call 1-888-BURNETTI today.
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