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We’re Unafraid of Trucking & Insurance Companies

For more than 30 combined years of legal experience, Carl Reynolds Law has been standing up to major trucking companies and the insurance corporations that insure them. Of course, we have not been challenging these companies for ourselves, but rather for the wrongfully injured people in our communities. Truck accidents are devastating, and the last thing you need to deal with after one is frustrations from an uncooperative opposition. Let us deal with everything on your behalf, so you can focus on your health and family as you try to recover.

Choose genuine legal fighters to represent you. Contact our firm in Lakewood Ranch now.

Negligent Trucking Company Practices

At the root of most trucking accidents are negligent truck drivers who were simply not reasonably careful enough when operating their vehicles. But behind those truck drivers are trucking companies who might be equally liable for a crash. Based on our investigations for past clients, we have often found that some of the worst truck accidents along the I-75, the 70, and other highways in the area can be traced back to a negligent trucking company practice in one way or another.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has created a series of trucking industry regulations to try to stop truck accidents. When a trucking company ignores or bends these rules, they put their own drivers and others on the road in serious danger.

Important – yet frequently ignored – FMCSA regulations include:

  • Hours-of-service regulations
  • Routine drug and alcohol tests
  • Truck maintenance requirements
  • Weight and load limitations

When Hours-of-Service Regulations are Ignored

Many of the most extreme and damaging truck accidents on record can be attributed to truck driver exhaustion, which is more likely to occur when hours-of-service regulations are ignored by truckers and their employers. The FMCSA allows the average truck driver to be scheduled for a 14-hour shift with 3 hours dedicated to rest time not spent behind the wheel. You probably do not need to be told that driving for 11 hours in a day can cause serious fatigue. The problem only gets worse when this already-questionable regulation is ignored or bypassed thanks to a loophole in the rules, and truck drivers are on the road for even longer.

When fatigued, a truck driver will experience or exhibit:

  • Slower reaction times to emergencies
  • Worsened visual acuity, such as blurred vision
  • Inability to drive in a straight line
  • Speeding without realizing

All of these conditions of exhaustion add up to dramatically increase the chances of a truck accident that leaves victims seriously injured, perhaps for the rest of their lives. If we can show that truck driver exhaustion contributed to your truck accident, perhaps by studying the trucker’s driving logs or the trucking company’s delivery schedules, then we might be able to place the full liability for the accident on the defendants.

Why Hiring a Lawyer Should Be Step One

Trucking companies know that they stand to lose a lot of money if they cannot defend themselves in a truck accident claim or lawsuit. You can expect that they will put up a fight from the moment a truck accident is reported. They might even go as far as to try to delete or “lose” crucial evidence of liability.

To counter the steps a trucking company and their insurer will take to defeat your claim, you should team up with our trusted team of Lakewood Ranch truck accident attorneys. We can move quickly to get a court order to preserve evidence before it is too late. We can anticipate insurance company tactics to reduce the damages you are owed. We can even manage your claim from start to finish on your behalf, so you are left with nothing to worry about.

It is all part of the Carl Reynolds Law difference. When you choose to work with us, you will see right away that our team is truly dedicated to doing as much as possible to make your life a little easier while dealing with a truck accident claim.

Please call us at (888) 905-4453 to discuss key details of your crash during a free, confidential, and no-obligation case evaluation.