How Semi-Truck Stopping Distance Affects Other Motorists in Florida
At MLG Injury, our Florida truck accident attorneys know that commercial trucks, including semi-trucks and other heavy cargo vehicles, require approximately 350 feet to come to a complete stop when traveling at 60mph.
Because of the truck’s weight and depending on the speed at which the truck driver is traveling, the required stopping distance between the truck and a much smaller passenger vehicle can become impossible. When that is true, the occupants of the car, light truck, or SUV the truck driver collides with will pay the price.
Who Is Liable for a Florida Truck Accident When the Commercial Vehicle Does Not Stop in Time?
If you have been injured in a Florida truck accident because the vehicle could not stop in time to avoid a crash, there may be more than one person or party responsible for the collision, injuries, or fatalities.
That may include:
- The Truck Driver
When truck drivers are following another motorist too closely, are distracted, speeding, fatigued, or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he or they may not have ample time or room to brake without causing a collision.
- The Truck’s Maintenance Crew
Semi-trucks require proper, on-time, and accurate maintenance to ensure they are operating safely.
When a commercial vehicle’s maintenance crew fails to correct a problem with the brakes, they could fail when the driver attempts to stop.
- The Trucking Company
In many cases, the trucking company is responsible for the commercial vehicle’s maintenance. When they fail to maintain their fleets to ensure they are safe, they could be responsible for the crash that results.
Other times, the trucking company may be putting profits ahead of public safety, placing fatigued, inexperienced, or improperly trained drivers on the road, which can lead to collisions.
- The Truck or Truck Parts Manufacturers
A manufacturing or design defect can compromise the safety of an oversized truck, especially when braking is a factor. The truck’s inability to stop — due to a manufacturing or design defect — can cause substantial injuries and fatalities throughout Florida.
- Cargo Companies
Improperly loaded or secured cargo can cause a commercial vehicle’s weight to shift, delaying its ability to stop.
Our Florida personal injury attorneys can help you determine who is liable for the crash and pursue their insurance coverage(s) for your full financial recovery.
Contact Our Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers in Florida for a Free Consultation
Contact our experienced Florida truck accident attorneys at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524 to learn how we can help you pursue the liable party’s insurance coverage for your complete financial recovery.