The number of trucks on the road in Florida is staggering and rises every
day. There are several shipping and transportation hubs scattered throughout
the state, and commercial trucking is the primary method of moving goods
around. With so many of these massive vehicles operating, it is not surprising,
particularly to any Florida personal injury attorney, that Florida has
some of the highest truck accident fatality rates in the country.
Why Are Truck Accidents so Dangerous?
Although commercial truckers must possess specialized training and hold
a specific trucking license, the reality is that the commercial driver
is often the cause of these collisions. Commercial truckers work long
hours under unforgiving deadlines and they often engage in aggressive
driving practices to make up for lost time. They also frequently fail
to make the proper allowances for bad weather and adverse road conditions
while the many hours on the road make it easy for the truck driver to
let his mind wander or drive while otherwise distracted. Trucks can also
have mechanical failures or defective parts that slipped through their
One reason that a truck accident can be deadlier than ordinary automobile
accidents is the sheer size of most common trucks. Commercial trucks like
eighteen-wheelers, flatbeds, dump trucks, and liquid tanker trucks can
weigh up to 80,000 pounds. The average passenger vehicle weighs close
to 3,500 pounds. Trucks are also much longer, and their wheelbase is awkwardly
shaped, which creates numerous blind spots where the driver is unable
to see traffic conditions.
A collision between an ordinary passenger vehicle and a full size truck
can utterly destroy the smaller, lighter car and gravely injure or kill
the occupants. The size disparity means that the occupants of a passenger
vehicle that collides with a commercial truck are 8 times likelier to
die. 82 percent of all
truck accidents result in a fatality. In recent years, truck accidents killed nearly 5,000
people and injured over 100,000. Those that do survive can suffer catastrophic
injuries, including brain damages, the loss of limbs, spinal cord injuries
and severe burns.
An important factor to consider when it comes to a truck accident is the
role the trucking companies. Often, they have the full weight of their
insurance companies and specialized legal teams behind them to find ways
to avoid paying out compensation to those injured in commercial trucking
If a truck accident left you or a loved one injured or caused a fatality,
an attorney may be able to help you file a personal injury or wrongful
death claim against the driver and the company he works for.
Contact an experienced injury lawyer for an in-depth assessment of your claims.