Tractor-trailers serve a vital role in the American economy. Our nation’s economy, consumer needs and the jobs of millions of hardworking Americans depend on the Interstate shipment of goods. As the demand for shipping services increases to meet the ever-growing demand, the number of commercial trucks on the road increases concurrently. Because of the increased numbers of commercial trucks on the road in today’s Interstate commerce, the occurrence of truck accidents is on the rise.
Unlike a typical two-car accident, an18-wheeler collision is 10 times likely to cause catastrophic injuries due to the unbalanced forces between a lightweight vehicle and large trucks fully loaded which can weigh 80,000 pounds or more. Smaller vehicles, such as, cars, motorcycles, vans, SUVs or pickup trucks are unlikely to withstand the force resulting from the impact of a tractor-trailer truck or to adequately protect the occupants.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial trucking accident in the Daytona Beach area, you are likely experiencing a challenging and difficult time. In this time of crisis, you do not have to face the pending medical bills, lost wages and suffering alone. Sam Masters Legal is able and willing to advise you of your legal rights to fair legal compensation.
As a Daytona Beach truck accident lawyer for over 20 years, Sam N. Masters has represented individuals seriously injured in traffic accidents throughout Volusia County and Flagler County. Truck collisions are unique in many ways because the factors in which these accidents occur are unlike most other types of traffic accidents.
The most common causes or factors contributing to commercial truck driving collisions are:
Tight shipment deadlines, long periods of driving, and demanding work schedules create unsafe driving conditions, which can result in dangerous or impaired judgment of the truck driver. In recent years, text messaging and cell phone usage while driving has dramatically increased the frequency of truck accidents. Both federal and state legislatures have passed laws banning the use of cell phones or text messaging while operating a commercial truck in order to save lives and prevent catastrophic injuries.
Commercial trucks that are over the allowable weight limit pose another common and serious cause for traffic accidents. The extra weight of the truck makes driving, controlling, and deceleration of the overloaded truck even more difficult. Overloaded tractor-trailer trucks, unstable loads, improperly restrained loads or improperly loaded trucks can cause dangerous driving conditions, such as, flying debris, increased stopping distance, jackknifing or overturning.
There are several factors that can make truck accident injury claims very complicated and result in trucking companies and insurance companies rigorously defending against such claims. The minimum liability coverage that is mandated by law for commercial trucks over 10,000 pounds is significant. Therefore, it makes economic sense for trucking companies and their insurance carriers to either deny responsibility or to begin a defense strategy shortly after a truck wreck has occurred. For an individual to properly obtain all of the compensation they or their family rightly deserves, it is critical that a truck accident attorney is consulted as soon as possible.
At Sam Masters Legal, Mr. Masters' firm collaborates to effectively prepare a personal injury case and protect the legal rights of his clients injured in truck collisions. Truck collision cases require careful examination of facts and the collection of evidence, such as pictures, witness statements and other important matters for constructing a legal claim. These matters and legal procedures include conducting an initial investigation into the facts of the accident, properly documenting the firm's client’s injuries, complying with legal procedure such as filing deadlines, meeting policy notice requirements, and recording the payment of accident related medical bills.
Sam Masters Legal has two decades of personal injury litigation knowledge and experience to protect your legal right to fair compensation for property damage, rental car reimbursement, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and all other legally compensatory damages.
Sam Masters Legal is ready to fight for your legal rights and ensure that you and/or your loved ones receive the complete compensation to which they are entitled by law.
Call (386) 252-4717 today for a free initial consultation with Sam, a Daytona Beach trucking accident attorney, or contact Sam via email.