Florida residents have good reason to exercise caution whenever they drive around commercial trucks. The trucking industry continues to see rising accident numbers, which has been reinforced by a new report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This report is unique in that it focuses on serious crashes involving dump trucks and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks (serious refers to anything that requires the truck to be towed away).
The FMCSA found that in 2016, the latest year for which statistics are available, there were 8,206 dump truck crashes requiring a tow-away and 838 similar crashes with concrete delivery trucks. This came to an increase of 9 and 9.6 percent, respectively, from 2015. Injury crashes rose 2.7 and 3.8 percent, again respectively. Fatal crashes declined in the case of dump trucks (from 369 to 367) but went up among concrete delivery trucks (33 to 38).
Experts say that the efforts to cut down on truck accidents have stalled for the past decade. Currently, federal regulators and industry safety experts are looking for ways to combat fatigued driving and to more closely monitor truckers’ activities on the road.
Unfortunately, many truckers are engaging in negligent behavior. This includes not only drowsy driving but also speeding and distracted driving. Truckers may feel rushed due to deadlines, or they might act recklessly for the sake of by-the-load incentives.
Under truck accident law, victims of a trucker’s negligence or recklessness may be eligible for recovery for their medical expenses, lost wages, vehicle repair costs and other losses. They could even receive compensation for physical and emotional distress. Whatever the situation, they may want to hire a lawyer. A lawyer could bring in investigators to gather proof of negligence. In addition, a victim can leave settlement negotiations to their lawyer.