Large trucks and 18-wheelers are a common sight on I-4 and other Florida highways. Commercial vehicles are significantly larger and heavier than standard cars, and accidents involving them can cause life-altering injuries. Unfortunately, truck accidents are on the rise across the United States. According to the National Traffic and Highway Safety Association (NHTSA), fatalities from truck accidents increased by 13% between 2020 and 2021 and continue to rise. While one of the primary reasons for the increase is the increase of trucks on the road, many factors contribute to truck accident statistics across the country.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in Orlando or the surrounding area, do not hesitate to contact an experienced attorney. At Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso & Dennis, our attorneys have over a century of combined experience helping truck accident victims collect the maximum compensation available for their injuries and other losses. We are dedicated to fighting aggressively for your rights and interests.
Why Are Truck Accidents Increasing Across the Country?
According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), large trucks move 72.2% of the nation’s shipments. As the demand for goods increases, so will the number of trucks on the road. In fact, ATA also reported over four million trucks registered in 2021, a 2.3% increase from 2020. With more trucks on the road, truck accidents become much more likely.
The increase in trucks and demand also means that highly trained and qualified truck drivers are in short supply. In 2021, ATA reported a shortage of 80,000 drivers, and this number is projected to continue increasing. When trucking companies are understaffed, they may neglect driver training, truck maintenance, and other essential safety standards. Additionally, drivers can become overworked and experience fatigue behind the wheel. Other examples of negligence that can lead to truck accidents include the following:
- Distracted driving
- Poorly loaded trucks
- Improperly secured cargo
- Poor maintenance
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Inclement weather
- Road rage
If you have suffered injuries in a truck accident, an experienced attorney can investigate your case to determine the cause of your unique accident.
How a Truck Accident Lawyer Can Protect Your Rights After an Accident
Truck accident claims can be legally dense and challenging to tackle on your own in the wake of a severe accident. At Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso, & Dennis, our attorneys dedicate themselves to helping truck accident victims pursue justice for their injuries and other losses. Some of the many ways our attorneys can help you include the following:
- Conducting a thorough investigation into your accident
- Determining the cause of your accident and who may be held liable
- Filing all paperwork correctly and on time
- Answering your legal questions
- Advocating aggressively for your rights and interests inside and outside of court
- Keeping you up to date on the status of your claim
One of the most significant ways our attorneys can help you is by pursuing compensation for your injuries and other losses. Through a truck accident claim, our attorneys want to help you recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial and emotional losses.
Speak to a Seasoned Truck Accident Attorney at Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso & Dennis
After a truck accident, you may be feeling overwhelmed and confused. Fortunately, you do not need to fight for your right to compensation alone. At Wooten, Kimbrough, Damaso & Dennis, our attorneys take a personalized approach to every case to tailor their approach to your individualized needs. To learn more about how our talented attorneys can help you, schedule a free consultation today by calling (407) 843-7060 or completing our contact form.