A smart Florida driver should be vigilant whenever they are on the road. After all, driving accidents are the leading cause of premature death in the United States. These crashes cost the country $230.6 billion dollars on an annual basis, which averages out to $820 per citizen. It is estimated that more than 100,000 car accidents can be attributed to drowsy driving every year.
Truckers in Florida and across the country might want to get ready for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Brake Safety Week, which is coming up in September. The CVSA announced that the event for 2018 will be held from Sept. 16-22. It will mark a return to a full week dedicated to the event after it had been only held for one day last year.
Motorists in Florida share the highways with large commercial trucks every day, but accidents appear to be on the rise. A new report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration calculated a 3 percent rise in fatal large truck crashes from 2015 to 2016. This continued a trend that started in 2009 when deadly truck accidents became more frequent. Between 2009 and 2016, these accidents increased by 28 percent. This reversed the progress made between 2005 and 2009 when fatal truck crashes dropped by 34 percent.
During the week of July 15 - 21, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will run Safe Driver Week with the goal of reducing unsafe vehicle behavior on America's roadways. Police officers throughout Florida and the rest of the country will increase their enforcement of traffic violations such as speeding, following too closely and distracted driving. During Operation Safe Driver Week in 2017, more than 39,000 citations were given to commercial drivers.
Each year, thousands of commercial trucks travel on Florida's roadways to deliver cargo. Unfortunately, some of these big rigs become involved in truck accidents because their drivers are drowsy. To help reduce such incidents, a software startup company has developed a mobile application that measures a truck driver's fatigue.
Truck accident victims in Florida will want to know what their options are when it comes to receiving damages. They can go through the civil court with a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible trucking company or strive for an informal settlement. While a settlement will bring in less than what a successful suit would award, it could still cover past medical expenses, lost income during the physical recovery and pain and suffering.
Florida readers may be interested in learning that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's International Roadcheck will take place on June 5, 6 and 7 in 2018. The aim of the annual event is to promote road safety by increasing enforcement of bus and truck safety regulations throughout North America.
Researchers estimate that every year, more than 100,000 accidents in Florida and across the U.S. are caused by drowsy driving. Fatigue can affect anyone, but it's most often found in commercial truck drivers. This is especially bad news because truck accidents usually lead to catastrophic or fatal injuries.
Trucking accidents can be frightening for drivers on the roadways in Florida. Because a collision with a big rig can lead to severe injuries, major property damage and even death, safety concerns are magnified when it comes to these massive vehicles. One of the threats to trucking safety is the phenomenon of truck driver fatigue. Drowsy drivers can easily become dangerous drivers, dozing off behind the wheel or losing control when hazardous situations emerge.
A trucking association is petitioning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to change service hours regulations for truck drivers in Florida and across the United States. The proposed changes would do away with a required 30-minute rest break and replace it with a rule that lets drivers pause their service clock to get a longer break.