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Commercial Truck Accident Lawyers Orlando

Accidents involving trucks and other commercial vehicles can be far more severe than those involving cars. Injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises all the way up to death. In addition, some of these injuries can be particularly traumatic, lasting for many years and causing you to incur a high amount of medical expenses. Because of the unique set of complexities involved with a typical commercial truck accident case, it is important to be represented by an attorney that has extensive experience with trucking accidents. 

What Causes Commercial Trucking Accidents?

Commercial trucks make up a large percentage of the traffic on the roads today. In addition, roughly 12% of all auto-related fatalities on America’s highways involve crashes with commercial vehicles. This percentage may be slightly higher within Central Florida. It is a well-known fact that truckers are under more stress today than ever before, leading to greater dangers on the road and higher occurrences of these types of accidents.

Some common reasons why trucking-related vehicle crashes occur include:

At Todd E. Copeland & Associates, we understand the severity of trucking accidents, and we fight hard to secure the highest possible compensation for victims of a commercial vehicle crash.

What Safety Limitations are Placed on Trucks Nationally?

Across the United States all commercial freight trucks have a weight limit of 40 tons, or 80,000 pounds.  However there are 20 states where they are allowed to haul well over this safety limit.  Congressional bills, such as that submitted by U.S. Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, propose to freeze the federal weight limit at 80,000 pounds.  Other bills are working to increase this limit to 97,000 pounds. 
Besides weight limits other safety related laws are in place for motorists.  The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 includes such items as:
  • CDL license holders being unable to posess more than one license.
  • Stronger requirements on the State level for skills testing and license qualifications.
  • Establishing minimum licensing standards nationwide.

The Act also outlines the various endorsements and restrictions placed on CDL licenses.  For more information visit the Federal Department of Transportation website.

What to Do if Injured in a Trucking Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, the first step is to seek immediate medical attention. In addition, document as much as possible through photos and written notes, just as you would if involved in a typical auto accident. While on the scene, get the truck driver’s insurance information and the contact information of the company he/she works for. Do not discuss anything else related to the accident until you secure legal representation from a qualified Orlando truck accident attorney.

Todd Copeland & Associates proudly serves clients throughout Florida including the cities of Sanford, Lakeland, Haines City, Clermont, Kissimmee, Tavares, Haines City, Leesburg, St. Cloud, Eustis, Lady Lake, Apopka, and Winter Haven.

Todd E. Copeland & Associates has been litigating commercial truck accident cases for several years, and our firm has the expertise to investigate, document represent case. We will give you a FREE consultation to discuss what happened and help determine what kind of case you may have. In addition, we will not collect any upfront fees – you only pay us if we win compensation for you. To find out your legal rights following an accident with a commercial vehicle, contact our truck accident attorneys in Orlando at (407) 999-8995 or toll free at (888) 999-9149.