Vero Beach Truck & Bus Accident Lawyer
Accidents involving large trucks and busses are among the most serious and most deadly. Commercial vehicles are required to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations concerning their equipment and their drivers’ hours of service. In Florida, the Department of Transportation is also charged with the task of adopting regulations regarding the safety of commercial motor carriers. Driver fatigue is a common problem, as hours of service regulations are routinely violated. Careful examination of records after an accident often shows serious and even fraudulent violations of those safety regulations. There are strict rules on the number of hours a driver can be at the wheel of a large truck or bus. Trucking companies are only required to maintain many of those records for six months. Without obtaining those records before they are destroyed, the injured person or survivors of a person killed in a truck or bus crash have a much more difficult time proving the company’s negligence. At Vocelle & Berg, our Vero Beach truck & bus accident lawyers are committed to holding responsible parties accountable for the damage they have caused while helping accident victims recover the maximum amount of compensation necessary to deal with their injuries.
Large trucks were much more likely to be involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle crash – as opposed to a fatal single-vehicle crash – than were passenger vehicles (82 percent (82%) of all large trucks involved in fatal crashes, compared with 59 percent (59%) of all passenger vehicles). Most of the fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in rural areas (62%), during the daytime (66%), and on weekdays (78%). The percentage of large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes who had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher was 1 percent (1%) in 2007. The BAC level for all commercial vehicle operators in every state in the U.S. is .04 g/dL, half of the legal limit of .08 for all other drivers.
It is important to have a truck/bus accident attorney who has had experience along with the knowledge of commercial vehicle laws. Contact our Vero Beach truck & bus accident lawyers today for a free consultation if you, a loved one or friend have suffered an injury as a result of a crash involving a large truck or bus.