The Villages Truck Accidents Lawyer
At Ayres Cluster Law Firm, We Have Handled Multi-Million Dollar Trucking Cases
In Florida, big rigs, tankers, and tractor-trailers fill our highways as they deliver products across the state. As such, truck accidents have become frequent. Due to their sheer size, trucks can cause substantial damage whether they collide with another motorist, a guardrail, or a pedestrian.
Our truck accident attorneys in The Villages can help you hold trucking companies accountable if you are suffering an injury caused by a trucker’s negligence. We encourage you to discuss your case with us as soon as possible. The sooner we can get started on your claim, the better our chances of preserving important evidence such as black boxes, scene evidence, witness statements, security camera footage, and countless other types of evidence.
Call Ayres Cluster Law Firm at (352) 329-8668 today. Our firm serves clients throughout Lake, Citrus, Marion and Sumter counties.
We Work Hard to Obtain the Compensation You Deserve
Many trucking accidents are the result of negligence or recklessness. Drivers may be placed under unreasonable deadlines, leading to accidents or are just simple careless and reckless individuals. Also, trucking companies don't always adequately train their drivers. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, you must hold those responsible for your injuries accountable.
Our experienced truck accident attorneys in The Villages can help you seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Costs associated with accident-related disability
- Property damage
- Emotional distress and trauma
- Funeral and probate costs in a wrongful death case
Trucking companies and their insurance providers hire aggressive attorneys to handle these cases – and you should too. Secure legal representation before you speak to a representative of the trucking company or an insurance company about the accident.
Who is Liable After a Truck Accident?
Trucks accident cases can be complex given that many parties can be held liable for an accident depending on the circumstances of the case. A liable party in a truck accident can include:
The truck driver
A truck driver can be responsible if they were doing something illegal, such as drinking and driving, at the time of the accident. A driver is also sometimes held accountable if they are the owner of the truck that caused the accident.
The trucking company
Trucking companies are most often found liable for accidents. All too often companies are caught encouraging their drivers to break trucking regulations in order to help their bottom line.
The truck manufacturer
If the accident was caused by a defective part then the truck manufacturer can be held responsible.
Whatever the cause of your accident, our attorneys have the skill and experience to properly investigate your truck accident case in order to hold the correct parties accountable for their negligence. Our firm is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn more!
Hour Of Service Regulations
Because of the large risk, commercial trucks pose in the event of an accident, truckers and the company they work for are heavily regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA has many regulations that aim to help protect other motorists on the road. One of these regulations is called the hours of service regulations, which outlines when truckers are allowed to be on the road and when they must rest. Since tired drivers are dangerous drivers, these regulations aim to prevent as many accidents as possible by ensuring that truckers are well-rested. According to the hours of service regulation:
Truck drivers can work up to 14-hour days but three of these 11 hours must be spent on meal or rest breaks.
Driver must rest for at least 10 consecutive hours after the workday is over
Truck drivers must take days off work at regular intervals. If a trucking company is open seven days a week a driver is allowed to work 70 hours in an eight-day period before taking at least 34 consecutive hours off. If a trucking company is open less than seven days a week than a driver is then allowed to work 60 hours in a seven-day period before taking 34 hours off.
All too often truckers or their companies are caught breaking these rules, putting others at risk. In rarer circumstances, the hours of service regulations can be modified in times of national emergencies, such as in the recent COVID-19 crisis. This is done to help get supplies to locations faster.
We Have Over 100 Years of Legal Experience
If you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident, Ayres Cluster Law Firm is ready to put 100 years of experience to work for you. Our team works diligently to uncover all of your legal options. We understand how difficult this time is, and we want to help you feel confident when making important legal decisions.
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Local Representation & Will Travel To You
You Won't Pay Unless We Recover Compensation
A Concierge Level of Service
Actively Involved in the Local Community
Over 100 Years of Combined Experience
Edwin C. Cluster
James E. Collins
Abraham C. Banks