Whittel & Melton, LLC

Tractor Trailer Accidents

Drivers traveling on U.S. roads and highways encounter countless large trucks and other vehicles every day. Typically, a fully loaded large truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, while an average automobile weighs around 3,000 pounds. Due to the sheer size of large commercial vehicles like 18 wheelers, semis and tractor trailers, accidents with these vehicles often result in death. For those that survive these tragic collisions, they are usually left to face severe life-altering injuries and will require long-term medical attention.

Semi-trucks, 18 wheelers and tractor trailers are roughly involved in 500,000 accidents per year. Of those accidents, nearly 5,000 are fatal. There are a variety of reasons a large commercial truck can cause an accident, but the most common involve some form of negligence, such as:

  • Driver Fatigue
  • Faulty Maintenance of the Truck or Trailer
  • Reckless Driving including Speeding and Tailgating
  • Falling Cargo
  • Careless Driving in Bad Weather
  • Negligent Lane Changes

The Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are familiar with Florida state and federal laws and regulations that control the trucking industry. We know how to hold truck drivers and truck companies responsible for their negligence, which can equate to your compensation for medical bills, lost wages, physical therapy expenses, vehicle repair and other financial recovery specific to your injuries.

Investigating a tractor trailer accident swiftly is vital to the success of your tractor trailer accident case. By engaging the Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton right away, we can promptly secure all evidence while it is still fresh. It is important to understand that critical evidence can be wiped out by bad weather conditions. Physical evidence such as skid marks, accident debris, oil, gas and radiator stains as well as other accident impact marks on the road or highway can be destroyed by rain, wind, ice and snow. It is also important to safeguard central records like truck driver logs, truck maintenance records and any alcohol or drug testing results as soon as possible. Any eyewitnesses should be interviewed in a timely fashion, as their recount of the accident could be essential to your case. If you have suffered injuries or suffered the loss of a loved one due to a tractor trailer accident, contact Whittel & Melton now.

A traffic accident involving a tractor trailer, 18-wheeler, semi-truck or other large commercial truck can result in catastrophic physical injuries and property damage. Injuries can include the loss of limbs, traumatic brain injuries, internal organ damage and serious burns. If you have been in a truck accident in Lake County, Sumter County or Marion County, contact The Villages Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton today at 352-369-5334 or visit us online to schedule your complimentary consultation.