Seminole Truck Accident Attorney
Port Tampa Bay is one of the busiest seaports in the country. Practically 24/7/365, longshoremen load huge cargo crates directly onto flatbed trailers, and truckers take these crates on their long journeys to retailers or wholesalers. Large trucks, and therefore large truck accidents, are a common sight in the Tampa Bay area. These wrecks do a lot more than delay commuters. They often seriously injure, or even kill, the people involved in them.
These victims and survivors face a long, difficult, and expensive road to recovery. Their medical bills alone could be hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars. They must deal with other out-of-pocket losses as well, such as extensive property damage and long-term missed work. Furthermore, the emotional distress and other noneconomic losses these families must endure is difficult to put into dollars and cents.
Occasionally, severe weather, like a lightning strike or sudden, powerful wind gust, causes truck accidents. Much more often than not, however, driver error is responsible. If the truck driver was negligent, the experienced Seminole truck accident attorney at The Reep Law Firm can obtain compensation for the victim’s economic and noneconomic losses. Financial compensation doesn’t heal a broken body or spirit. But, quite frankly, it helps. And in the wake of a serious crash, helping victims and survivors move on with their lives is the best anyone can do. It’s also a responsibility we all share.
Speeding is, by far, the most common aggressive driving behavior that causes vehicle collisions. Excessive velocity multiplies the risk of a wreck and the force in a collision.
Speed multiplies stopping distance. At 30mph, most vehicles travel about six vehicle lengths in the time it takes for the driver to see a hazard, move his/her foot to the brake pedal, apply the brakes, and safely stop the vehicle. At 60mph, stopping distance increases to eighteen vehicle lengths. Environmental, vehicle weight, and other factors increase stopping distance even more dramatically.
Furthermore, according to Isaac Newton’s Second Law, speed multiples the force in any collision between two objects. In the context of vehicle collisions, speed basically transforms a non-injury fender bender into a serious injury collision.
Other aggressive driving behaviors include tailgating, ignoring a traffic control device, and failing to maintain a single lane. Motorists cannot blame the weather or some uncontrollable factor for their own aggressive driving.
Frequently, the chain of events that leads to a vehicle collision begins before motorists get behind the wheel. Some common driver impairments include:
- Medical Condition: A mild illness, like the cold or flu, diminishes driving ability by as much as 50 percent. A more serious medical condition, like heart disease or epilepsy, could cause drivers to pass out behind the wheel.
- Substance Abuse: About 50 percent of the drivers who cause fatal accidents have traces of alcohol and/or drugs in their systems. Amphetamine use is a particular problem among truck drivers.
- Operator Fatigue: Drivers use amphetamines to counteract the effects of drowsiness. But there’s no quick fix for fatigue. Drugs and tricks, like blaring the radio, might help drivers temporarily feel more alert. But the effect wears off fast.
Arguably, impaired drivers know they shouldn’t get behind the wheel, yet they ignore the danger. So, a Seminole truck accident lawyer can often obtain additional punitive damages in such cases.
Count on a Dedicated Pinellas County Truck Accident Attorney
Injury victims are entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced Seminole truck accident attorney, contact Reep, Coleman & Stubbendorff. Attorneys can connect victims with doctors, even if they have no insurance or money.