It is estimated that there are over 500,000 truck companies in the U.S. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Florida's Highways are full of trucks. Indeed, as one of the main mechanisms for transporting goods, trucks are beneficial and integral to Florida's economy. Trucks deliver various commodities to South Florida including our food, water, clothes, and electronics. However, as a South Florida attorney I have seen that the downside to trucks is that they can cause devastating accidents.
In fact, large commercial trucks- also known as tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks and big rigs- are involved in one out of every eight traffic-related deaths and make-up 4% of all auto accident injuries. Tractor trailer accidents are a common event in the state of Florida. There are approximately 5,286 tractor trailer collisions occurring in the state every year. When a large commercial truck is involved in an accident it often leaves victims and their families facing a life-changing tragedy.
The average car weighs about 3,000 lbs and a commercial truck can weigh up to 36 tons. Thus, the injuries from semi-truck collisions are often more severe than other traffic incidents. Truck accident victims will often require extensive recovery time and medical treatment. Because trucks are larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road, 77% of people injured and 86% of people killed in large truck collisions are the drivers or passengers of the smaller vehicle. If you have been involved in a truck accident in South Florida don't let the trucker or trucking company avoid paying you the full amount of compensation you are owed.
Crash statistics have shown that at least 20% of large truck accidents are due to some form of driver negligence. Various factors can contribute to tractor-trailer accidents and common causes include: intoxication, backing, jackknifing, loads that shift weight, and driver fatigue. In fact, results of a recent survey stated that approximately 20% of truckers admitted to falling asleep at the wheel at least once in the three-months prior to being questioned. Driver exhaustion is a troublesome factor in large truck crashes and seems to be one of the contributing factors to the high rate of truck related accidents. It is estimated that about 30% of all truck accidents in the U.S. are rooted in truck driver fatigue. It is also estimated that the majority of truck accidents occur in rural areas.
Other factors that may cause truck accidents:
- Truck Driver Negligence. A truck driver may be driving carelessly, drive more hours than allowed by law, or drive beyond the allotted speed limit. Also, a truck driver may be drunk or not be paying attention to the road.
- Extended Delivery Schedule. A truck driver may be subject to an unreasonable delivery schedule which in many cases leads to truck driver fatigue.
- Negligent maintenance of Tractor Trailer. The driver or company in charge of the truck may fail to keep it in good working condition leading to an accident. For example, worn out tires (which should have been replaced) causing a blow-out which lead to an accident and ensuing injuries.
- Overloaded Truck. Overloaded or improperly loaded trucks may also be responsible for accidents.
Every 16 minutes someone in the United States is injured or killed in a truck-related accident. At least a third of the injured truck accident victims will suffer death or at least life threatening injuries. The trucking industry is heavily regulated and lawsuits based on accidents involving big rigs involve complicate laws. Accident involving trucks are significantly more complex than most automobile accident cases. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer our Miami attorneys can help. We are experienced in representing plaintiffs in semi-truck accident cases, including wrongful death actions. Our lawyers can aid you in getting the compensation you deserve from both the truck driver and the trucking company.
We understand that a truck accident can be a traumatic experience. If you've been involved in a truck accident that has resulted in injury or death, contact DRG Firm. We have the experience and knowledge to help you collect the damages you are owed. We are here to assist you 24/7 and we won't charge you unless we recover. For a free consultation call us at (888) 413-8353.