While traveling along Florida’s vast stretch of highways, it is not uncommon to see trucks parked along the side of the interstate. At times, several trucks will park in a row, creating a kind of makeshift truck stop. Although it is important for truckers to stop when necessary, stopping illegally can present dangers. Our truck accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano advocate on behalf of injured tractor trailer accident victims. We understand the hazards that illegal truck stops may pose and will do all we can to assist those injured due to this dangerous practice.
Hours of Service Requirements and Illegal Truck Stops
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all truck drivers comply with the hours of service requirements, which limit how much time truckers can spend on duty before stopping to rest. Under the regulations, truckers must stop driving after 11 hours. To comply with the law, some truckers do exactly that—stop right where they are at the 11-hour mark. This could involve parking illegally on the roadway at night.
It is critical that truckers stop and get the rest they need, but stopping outside of designated truck stops is dangerous. Travelers are at risk when 18 wheelers park illegally on the shoulder of the interstate. Most urgently, several large trucks parked near each other could prevent drivers from accessing the emergency shoulder when needed. Even further, in poor weather conditions or on a windy stretch of roadways, cars could collide with illegally parked trucks. At times, there have been semi truck accidents stemming from the truck driver’s failure to use the parking brake, allowing the truck to roll down the roadway.
Injuries Stemming from Big Rig Accidents
Tractor trailers are massive vehicles, often weighing in at 80,000 pounds. When a commercial truck hits a car, or a car collides with a parking tractor trailer, the results can be catastrophic. Tractor trailer accident injuries could include:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Internal organ damage
Anyone of these injuries could impact you financially. Injured truck accident victims may sustain an array of medical expenses and could lose wages due to missed days of work. Serious injuries may even lead to permanent disabilities that will continue to impact your earning capacity for years to come. Along with financial losses, truck accident victims may experience extreme pain and suffering, along with mental and emotional damages, like post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or anxiety. These costs can quickly climb into the hundreds of thousands. Our Miami truck accident attorneys will fight to see that you recover for these and other losses associated with your truck accident.
Contact the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation!
While it is important for truckers to stop and rest when they are tired, allowing trucks to park illegally by the side of the road could present hazards. If you are injured in any commercial truck-related accident, contact the Miami Truck Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we bring over 130 years of combined professional experience to your case. Our attorneys take a client-centered approach to our truck accident cases and will diligently fight for your full recovery. We have received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and have been named a Top South Florida Law Firm by the Miami Herald. Call us today at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to schedule your free consultation, or you can contact us online.