A truck accident is not like a car accident. The damage done and injuries sustained are much more severe and death is more likely. Federal rules and regulations govern the trucking industry, making cases more complicated than typical auto accident cases. Case preparation requires knowledge of the specialized technology used by semi trucks, a deep understanding of motor carrier law and industry practices as well as the unique insurance features of the trucking industry.
Why has the number of trucking accidents risen so steeply in the past few years? Is it coincidence or are there identifiable factors contributing to the problem? At Badgley Law Group, we know the trucking industry inside and out, and we have answers.
- Many trucking companies put profits first, sacrificing public safety and even their own drivers’ wellbeing.
- The trucking industry has a powerful lobby that has successfully influenced Congress to loosen regulations.
- Working hour limits, rest period standards, size and weight limits, and safety standards have all been compromised as a result.
Orlando personal injury attorney Jeff Badgley once represented some of our nation’s biggest trucking companies, and he observed the industry’s problems first-hand. Now, an expose published in the Huffington Post has revealed these behind-the-scenes issues that put lives at stake.
One of the scariest moments you face as a driver is that millisecond you feel yourself start falling asleep while driving. It’s terrifying. Your sleepiness could be the result of sleep deprivation, which is getting less than 6 hours of sleep at night.
Did You Know: Being awake for 18 hours affects your cognition the same as having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%, which is legally drunk?
Another terrifying moment Florida drivers can face is being being in a truck accident with a commercial vehicle because its driver is too drowsy to drive. Loaded semi trucks can weigh upwards of 80 tons, and their impact is enormous, causing extensive damage to regular cars and trucks.
Bicycling is an excellent form of exercise, and a healthy, cost effective mode of transportation. Here in the Sunshine State, we are lucky to have great year round weather making cycling a popular activity.
If you are one of the many cyclists on the road, Orlando personal injury attorney Jeff Badgley advises that you follow the best practices in bicycle safety.
If you are involved in an Orlando truck accident, please know that you’re not alone: last month, four local high school students were injured after a commercial truck struck the school buses they were riding in. Unfortunately for Floridians, semi trucks clog our roads, making our state a particularly dangerous place to drive. So far in 2016, 16,037 commercial vehicles have been involved in accidents.