Statistics show that large truck accidents are an increasingly common occurrence on Florida roadways. Because of the massive size of commercial big rigs, these accidents tend to cause more damage, injuries and deaths than accidents involving passenger vehicles. They can also be a major hassle to deal with in terms of insurance claims because multiple parties, including the truck driver and the trucking company, are often involved in the claims process.
In January, seven people were killed in a fiery traffic accident in Florida. The victims, who included five children, were headed to Disney World when they were struck by a tractor-trailer truck. The incident is an example of the thousands of deadly truck accidents that occur across the United States each year.
The weight and longer stopping distance of large trucks make them a dangerous presence on the road. However, residents of Florida should know that most collisions with large trucks are the fault of passenger vehicle drivers. That's why it's important to know the most common factors that lead to crashes.
Florida readers may be concerned to learn that fatal large truck crashes have increased in every state except six over the last eight years, according to a new report by Road Safe America. As a result, the organization is pushing the federal government to pass laws requiring the use of speed limiters and automatic emergency braking systems in commercial trucks.
Traffic accidents take thousands of lives every year in Florida and across the United States. Nationwide, over 100 people are killed in roadway crashes every day, a number that points to a serious public concern about highway safety. As a result of these disturbing statistics, the National Safety Council has launched a new project, the Road to Zero Coalition, aiming to achieve zero traffic fatalities by 2050. While coalition spokespeople said that achieving zero deaths in car accidents may seem to be an impossible dream, they noted that setting the goal may play an important role in achieving a significant reduction in deaths.
The Florida Highway Patrol says that the sequence of events that led to a fiery crash on the afternoon of Jan. 3 began when a semi-tractor trailer driver made an unsafe maneuver. A records check reveals that the 59-year-old Palm Beach County man was ticketed several times between 2000 and 2014 by police in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and Indiana, as well as Florida, for violations including speeding, driving without proof of insurance, operating an unsafe vehicle and operating an overloaded vehicle.
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).
2017 saw a 9 percent increase in the number of large truck fatalities, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Many people within the trucking industry are voicing their opinions about the possible reasons. Truckers in Florida may be familiar with most of these explanations.
For drivers in Florida, truck driver fatigue can be a real danger on the roads. Truck drivers often spend long hours over monotonous stretches of highway, leaving them at risk for exhaustion. This is especially true if they're over their legal limit on hours of service or if they have repeatedly switched between daytime and nighttime driving. Because commercial trucks are so massive, other vehicles and their occupants are at a distinct disadvantage in the event of a crash.
On Sept. 27, a 17-year-old Florida driver was seriously injured when a crane truck overturned in Oklaloosa County. The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m.