Large trucks are a necessity across the United States. Florida residents must share the road with these large vehicles with the understanding that sheer size makes them a risk for truck crashes with severe injuries and fatalities. Adding in the reality that these vehicles are traveling at significant speeds, the drivers are on the road for an extended period and there is the propensity for drowsy driving, driving under the influence and being reckless adds to the danger of an accident. Statistically, this continues to be a worrisome issue. Those who were in a truck accident or lost a loved one must remember their rights.
According to research, truck accidents are a concern on Interstate 75 – one of the main roadways in the state. This is shown with anecdotal evidence and with in-depth research. The I-75 Relief Task Force studied crashes and issued recommendations to improve safety. There were more than 4,300 deaths in Florida after people were in a truck accident in 2016. Worse, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 72% of those who died were not drivers or passengers in the trucks.
There has been an incremental increase in fatalities in truck accidents in Florida. In 2014, there were more than 23,500. By 2018, that had risen by 9,000. The NHTSA issued a report in spring 2018 that for 2016, large trucks had a greater likelihood of being in a fatal multi-vehicle accident than passenger vehicles. The Florida Department of Transportation centered its research on I-75 and said that lanes exclusive for different vehicles is not feasible. Truck companies are also involved in seeking solutions. Self-driving trucks is still in the development stage. For now, drivers should be vigilant and ensure they are taking all the safety precautions they can.
Regardless of attempts by legislators, researchers and law enforcement to make the roads safer, truck accidents are an ongoing problem. A truck accident can lead to brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones and death. Medical expenses, the inability to work, the need for round-the-clock care and other concerns will impact those who survive truck accidents.