Florida truck accidents made the top 3 in the list of states with the highest number of fatal large truck or bus crashes. “Nearly twice as many vehicles were involved in a fatal large truck or bus crash in Florida than the next highest state on the list, Tennessee,” according to Forward Thinking, a trucking industry safety organization. “202 people died in 182 Florida truck accidents last year after colliding with one of these large vehicles in the Sunshine state. There were 6,389 other crashes with a truck or bus; leaving another 3,863 people hurt.”
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Thirty Percent of Truck Accidents in 3 States
The top three states for fatal truck accidents were Texas, California, and Florida. According to the National Safety Council, nearly 5,000 people a year are killed in collisions involving large trucks, including semi-trucks. Most (about 70%) of the people killed in large truck accidents are occupants of passenger vehicles involved in the crashes, followed by truck occupants and motorcycle riders. Statistics about large truck accidents indicate that most fatalities occur on state and local roads as opposed to interstates and that most occur during daytime.
Factors in Florida Truck Accidents
A study by the Florida Department of Transportation found that driver error was responsible for the overwhelming majority of large truck accidents. Other leading factors include vehicle defects and road conditions. Major driver errors include:
- Distracted driving According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a commercial driver who is texting is 23 times more likely to get in a large truck crash.
- Speeding (driving too fast for conditions) The FMCSA estimates that a commercial driver who fails to adjust speed to safely match weather conditions, road conditions, visibility, and traffic is a major cause of large truck accidents, especially speeding during bad weather.
- Driver fatigue A study found that “nearly 80 percent of large truck accidents involved some form of driver inattention in the 3 seconds before the crash or near-crash.”
- Following too closely Large trucks need more stopping distance. In most large truck accidents, the truck crashes into the vehicle in front of them.
Recovering damages in a truck accident lawsuit involves filing a claim against negligent truck drivers and the companies who hire them. A driver of a commercial vehicle has an even greater legal standard of care than other drivers. A trucker driver’s negligence can lead to catastrophic injuries. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident call 866-730-1881 for a free consultation with the Orlando car accident attorneys at the Martinez Manglardi Orlando personal injury law firm.
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