Trucking Accident

Tractor Trailer, Semi Truck and 18-Wheeler Accidents

Semi Accidents
  • In 2008, more than 380,000 crashes involved large commercial trucks, including semis, killing 4,229 people and injuring more than 90,000.
  • Nationwide, 1 in 9 fatal accidents involves a tractor-trailer or large commercial truck.
  • In 2008, Texas led the nation in the number of motorists killed in trucking accidents (421) followed by California (304) and Florida (269).

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Florida is one of the deadliest states in the nation for trucking accidents. Trucks in Florida can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds — 20 times more than the weight of a 4,000 pound passenger car.

In 2008, only Texas and California had more fatal trucking accidents than Florida, where 269 motorists were killed in accidents with large commercial trucks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In 5 out of every 6 fatal trucking accidents, the victim is the driver or passenger of a vehicle involved in a collision with a large truck – and not the truck driver or truck passenger.

A Boca Raton trucking accident lawyer should be contacted to represent anyone injured in an accident involving a semi or large commercial truck. The Hollander Law Firm represents clients who have been seriously injured or killed in trucking accidents throughout South Florida, including Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Naples and Fort Myers.

With two decades of experience representing thousands of accident cases throughout South Florida, Gregg Hollander is a veteran trial attorney who has successfully fought for the rights of clients against some of the largest corporations, insurance companies and trucking corporations in the nation.

Florida trucking accidents are complex cases, requiring the in-depth knowledge and skill of a law firm with the medical, legal and financial resources capable of seeking justice on behalf of you and your family.

As a veteran attorney experienced in handling Florida semi accidents and based in the Boca Raton area, knowledgeable trucking accident lawyer Gregg Hollander will assemble a team of legal and medical professionals capable of investigating your case, determining the extend of your injuries, and assessing the likelihood of future medical complications.

Federal Trucking Regulations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is charged with enforcing strict guidelines on the trucking industry, which are designed to ensure the safety of the motoring public. FMCSA guidelines include:

  • Size and weight restrictions
  • Height and Width Limits
  • Route Designations / Limitations
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing Procedures
  • Registration and Insurance Requirements
  • Accident Investigation Practices and Procedures
  • Passenger Carrier Regulations
  • Hazardous Material Regulations
  • Cargo Rules, Regulations and Requirements
  • Preservation of Records Requirements
  • Special Training Requirements
  • Commercial Driving Standards
  • Safety / Fitness Standards and Procedures
  • Equipment and Safety Regulations and Requirements
  • Hours of Service Rules
  • Inspection and Maintenance Requirements
  • Employee Safety and Health Standards
  • Driver Training Requirements
  • Motor Carrier Safety Standards

Together with a team of investigators and experts within the trucking industry, we will examine the causes of your accident, assess fault to those responsible, and fight for your rights at all stages of the legal process, including mediation, arbitration and trial.

Commercial trucking companies and truck drivers must adhere to strict state and federal guidelines designed to protect the safety of other motorists. But proving a trucker or trucking company violated safety standards is a complex process, often involving state and federal regulations and out-of-state insurance companies, trucking companies and maintenance and safety records.

Knowing who to ask and what to ask for can have a dramatic impact on a law firm’s ability to build a case against a trucking company. Serving victims in Boca Raton and beyond, trucking accident attorney Gregg M. Hollander has the experience and knowledge of trucking regulations that are critical to determining fault, including an in-depth understanding of trucking regulations through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

A thorough review of weather, road and traffic conditions can also assist in determining whether a semi driver was traveling too fast for conditions or was otherwise negligent in the operation of a large truck involved in a serious or fatal accident.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an accident with a commercial truck or semi in South Florida, contact the Hollander Law Firm today for a free and confidential appointment with a Boca Raton trucking accident attorney to discuss your rights. There are never any fees or costs associated with representing you unless we are successful in making a financial recovery on behalf of you and your family.