Truck Accident Lawyers in Florida

Inexperienced Truckers and Crash Rates

Semi-truck or commercial truck accidents are extremely dangerous and are also, unfortunately, an unavoidable fact of modern life. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)1 finds that the number of injury-causing crashes involving big rigs has steadily increased since 2009. These wrecks have the potential to leave victims with extremely serious injuries that have the potential to be life-changing and result in significant losses. For this reason, it is critical for people hurt in truck accidents to do everything they can to protect their legal rights.

Inexperienced Drivers

The DOT research indicates exactly what factors are most critically contributive to tractor trailer crashes and defines the “critical reason” for any such crash as that element or factor that immediately led to the semi-truck collision. The DOT comes to the definitive conclusion that less-experienced truck drivers are significantly more likely to be identified as the critical reason behind semi-truck wrecks.

The DOT breaks this research down into two statistically significant elements that relate to fatality- or injury-causing crashes:

The risk of the driver being identified as the critical reason decreases both with increased years of large truck driving experience and with increased years in driving the specific class of truck involved in the crash.

Those large truck drivers with less than five years of experience are especially likely to be identified as the critical reason behind a crash.

The DOT definitively finds that those drivers with fewer than five years of commercial truck driving experience are 41 percent more likely to be identified as the critical reason for the crash. This is a sobering statistic that plays a role in many semi-trailer accidents.

Commercial Truck Accidents can Leave Victims with Extremely Serious Injuries

Individuals who are injured in commercial truck accidents can often sustain extremely serious injuries that can affect them for years to come. As a result, may victims incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses as well as a significant amount of lost income. Additionally, truck accident victims often sustain losses in the form of physical pain and suffering and loss of quality of life. Some of the more common injuries that people in truck accidents sustain include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Concussions
  • Soft tissue injuries
  •    Lacerations
  •    Crush injuries
  •    Accidental amputations
  •    Nerve damage
  • Burns
  • PTSD


Fortunately, people who sustain these and other injuries in accidents involving commercial trucks are often entitled to compensation. For this reason, victims should speak to an attorney as quickly as possible after an accident has occurred.

Contact an Experienced Clearwater Big-Rig Crash Attorney Today for More Information

If you or someone you care about has been involved in a commercial truck collision that involves an inexperienced trucker, you know how devastating the experience can be. You should never delay in discussing your case with an experienced Clearwater truck accident attorney who knows how to handle this type of complex case. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a commercial truck collision of any kind, do not hesitate to call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900 or contact us online.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765