I-75 Truck Accident Lawyer
Interstate 75 runs across the length of Florida, passing through a number of major cities like Tampa, Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and Miami. This is a major artery for transporting people and goods into Florida. As such, it is also a major site for serious accidents.
Indeed, a 2019 report from WTSP in Tampa found that a major accident shuts down some portion of I-75 roughly every nine days. Many of those accidents involve commercial semi-trucks. If you have been injured in such an accident, you may be faced with thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost income, and other expenses. An experienced I-75 truck accident lawyer can assist you in recovering these and other damages from a negligent truck driver and other parties whose actions contributed to your crash. At Cardinal Law, P.A., we represent victims and their families in bringing–and winning–these sorts of cases.
What Are the Common Causes of Accidents on I-75?
Truck accidents are quite different from those involving only smaller passenger vehicles. A fully loaded commercial truck can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds. This makes it a dangerous weapon in the hands of a reckless or careless truck driver. And even when the driver does nothing wrong, a defect in the truck–or even I-75 itself–may lead to a catastrophic accident.
Some of the more common truck accident scenarios we deal with include:
- Cargo Spills – In some cases the risk is not the truck so much as its cargo. If a commercial truck’s load falls out of a trailer or off a flatbed, it can turn into a projectile that may hit other vehicles, or create debris on I-75 that leads to a multi-car accident.
- Jackknife Accidents – If the coupling that connects the tractor and trailer portions of a Big Rig fails–or the tractor-trailer is otherwise thrown off balance–this can cause the trailer to swing out across I-75 and create an instant hazard for other vehicles.
- Underride Accidents – If a commercial truck suddenly stops or changes lanes while on I-75, a smaller vehicle may become trapped underneath the larger semi-truck.
- Rollovers – A commercial truck must be carefully loaded to ensure that its center of gravity does not suddenly shift while in motion. Improper loading–or a driver who makes sudden movements in poor conditions–can lead to the truck rolling over while on I-75.
Trucking accidents are also frequently the result of distracted or impaired driving. When spending many hours driving down I-75, a driver’s attention may start to wander. Or they may be under the influence of drugs to help them “stay alert” while rushing to meet a delivery schedule. Such behaviors can easily lead to one of the accident scenarios described above.
Contact Cardinal Law Today
Sorting out a major trucking accident on an interstate is a complex undertaking from a legal standpoint. There are often multiple victims who have legal claims as well as multiple potential defendants. An I-75 truck accident lawyer can help you in sorting things out and fighting for the compensation that you deserve under the law. Contact Cardinal Law, P.A., today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our staff.