The transportation industry carries people and products to worldwide destinations. Countless private and commercial vehicles are operating at any one time on U.S. highways and roads to keep our economy moving. Although the transportation industry aspires to the highest levels of safety, accidents do happen. Unfortunately, such accidents often lead to serious, potentially disastrous, outcomes.
Your Florida Transportation Accident Lawyers, Martinez Manglardi
The Florida transportation accident lawyers at Martinez Manglardi have the knowledge and the compassion to help those whose lives have been affected by a serious transportation accident. We have been helping Florida’s families since 1988, including Orlando, Apopka, Orange County, Seminole County, Lake County, Polk County, Kissimmee, Osceola County, Palm Bay, Brevard County, Ocala as well as other cities and counties throughout Florida.
Types of Transportation Accidents
Car accidents are common occurrences that claim the lives of thousands of people nationwide every year. In 2006, the most recent year for which insurance fatality statistics are available, 42,642 people died in motor vehicle crashes. Car accidents also result in untold injuries and billions of dollars in property damage. A majority of automobile accidents are caused by negligent driving.
Trucking accidents often result in injuries and deaths to the drivers or passengers of the automobiles with which they collide. Nearly a half-million large trucks are involved in accidents annually and one out of every eight traffic fatalities is caused by a collision with a large truck. In 2007, there were 4,808 U.S. deaths from tractor trailer accidents and 101,000 injuries. Causes of trucking accidents include speeding, unrealistic schedules, truck driver fatigue and 18 wheeler safety issues.
Motorcycle accidents are on the rise, with a 61 percent increase in the number of motorcycle crashes during the latest 10-year reporting period. Motorcycle fatalities continue to be a growing concern, accounting for 13 percent of all U.S. motor vehicle deaths. A study released in September of 2008 showed that motorcycle fatalities have increased 10 years in a row. Many motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcyclist and are often caused by inattentive drivers who fail to see the motorcycle and pull out from a side road, or turn into a motorcyclist at an intersection. Some fatal accidents result from alcohol impairment by motorcycle riders. Those accidents increased by 10 percent in 2007, for a total of 1,304 deaths.
Public transportation injuries are becoming more common as an increasing number of people seek alternative ways to get around in the wake of rising gas prices. From buses to vanpools, commuter trains to light rails, as well as passenger ferries, Americans took 10.3 billion trips in 2007 using public transportation. Since 1995, public transportation ridership in the U.S. has increased by more than 32 percent. Public transportation providers are legally required to use the highest degree of care to ensure the safety of their passengers. Nevertheless, public transportation accidents happen all too often, resulting in about 250 fatalities each year — and roughly 19,000 injuries.
Drunk driving fatalities have held steady for the past 10 years. Although it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content that is 0.08 percent or higher, people continue to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. In 2007, nearly 13,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. Those impaired drivers need to be held accountable for the injuries and deaths they cause to innocent third parties. In certain instances, laws may be used to establish liability against the facility that served alcohol to the drunk driver.
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At Martinez Manglardi, our Florida transportation accident attorneys are on your side, and we can help you make informed decisions about your accident claim. Our cases are handled by a team of professionals, including nurses, doctors, engineers and transportation accident lawyers. We offer free consultations in your home, at the hospital or in our offices. There are no fees or costs unless we win. Contact us today at one of our convenient Florida locations in Orlando, Kissimmee, Apopka, Palm Bay or Ocala by calling (800) 741-2243 or via our online contact form.