Large trucks, whether they are called semis, 18-wheelers or tractor-trailers, are dangerous vehicles that statistically cause more physical harm in an accident than anything else on the road. Numerous laws and regulations designed to protect the driver and other motorists have curbed these crashes, but not eliminated them altogether.
At the Law Office of Craig Gibbs in Jacksonville, we believe that even a single semi truck collision with injuries is one too many. Until every motorist is safe, we offer caring and professional representation for people whose lives are tragically affected by commercial truck accidents.
njured in a Truck Accident on I-10 or I-95?
The city’s location near the Jacksonville Port on Florida’s First Coast places Jacksonville motorists at a greater risk from the overworked and exhausted truck drivers using I-10 and I-95. This is further complicated by several other dangerous roads in the area where serious truck accidents occur, including US 1 (Phillips highway), J.Turner Butler Blvd. (JTB), Florida 9A, A-1-A and I-295.
Proving Driver and Trucking Company Liability
Once you’re injured in a truck accident, you need a lawyer who understands all state and federal regulations that apply to trucking companies and drivers to investigate it. At the Law Office of Craig Gibbs, we examine the facts and determine if the driver or the company failed to adhere to any of those standards, resulting in your wreck.
Commonly, truck accidents are caused by cargo loading violations or driver fatigue. An overloaded truck is difficult for a driver to maneuver and stop. A truck with an unsecured load could drop bulky, heavy items into oncoming traffic, where other drivers have mere milliseconds to avoid crashing into them—or anything else.
A fully loaded tractor-trailer truck is deadly in the hands of an exhausted driver. While drivers are required to keep logbooks, trucking companies pressure them with unrealistic deadlines. This leads many truck drivers to falsify the log entries.
However, semi trucks have black box devices that record truck speed and location. Our lawyers will immediately request the black box and compare it to the driver logbook—and when it comes to getting this information, time is of the essence. If the logbook does not agree with the information on the black box, we’ll have important evidence that could make or break your case.
Fatal Truck Accidents and Wrongful Death
If a semi truck accident caused the death of one of your family members, our lawyers will work to hold the responsible parties accountable. We realize that money can never replace the companionship you had with your lost loved one, but we will help you obtain compensation to cover burial expenses, hospital bills, lost earnings, and other damages, helping you find a way to move forward.
Free Attorney Consultation
The sooner you consult a personal injury attorney about your crash, the better chances we have of building a winning case. If you have been involved in a trucking accident, please call the Law Offices of Craig Gibbs as soon as possible at 904-396-4499 or fill out the simple contact form on this site.