Over the past 10 years, the number of commercial truck accidents has risen by about 20 percent. In response, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came together to conduct the Large Truck Crash Causation Study. The results of their investigations should be of interest to both truck fleet owners and employees in Florida.
Sharing the road with a commercial vehicle should be -- and often is -- an uneventful reality of driving. We see massive trucks and buses all around us transporting animals, products and people every day. And typically, we think nothing of it.
Crashes involving massive tractor-trailers are often catastrophic. Due to their size and weight, these vehicles can do enormous amounts of damage, and victims often suffer severe or fatal injuries.
Commercial drivers must take breaks and rest after a certain number of hours on the road. These are Hours of Service regulations, which attempt to keep drowsy drivers and drivers using dangerous substances to stay awake off the road.
Did you know there is currently a serious trucker shortage in the U.S.? This means there are far fewer trucks on the road than companies would like.
While the following truck accident will seem funny and comical at first, the issue underlying that humor is a critical issue that many truck accident victims -- and just your average person out on the road -- should be worried about.
There are many reasons why a truck accident may happen. In a lot of cases, the truck is at fault, and a common perception is that truck drivers are negligent. However, there are truck accidents where the truck driver isn't at fault -- and the driver of another vehicle triggers the accident.
A couple of days ago, a fatal truck accident occurred on Interstate 10 in Jackson County, Florida. The wreck claimed the lives of two people, a 79-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman. It sounds like the two people that were killed were driving a car and they attempted to merge onto the interstate. As they did this, the driver lost control and collided with the front end of the truck. The vehicles were conjoined and eventually came to a stop along the shoulder. The two people in the car were declared dead at the scene.
When a truck collides with a smaller vehicle, it is highly likely that the smaller vehicle will suffer the most damage and that the people inside that vehicle will suffer the worst injuries. This is simply due to the inherent nature of larger trucks. They carry more weight and thus maintain their momentum far easier than smaller vehicles. They also make a greater impact when they collide with any object.
While the following truck accident story did not occur here in Tallahassee or anywhere in Florida, it is still relevant regardless of the geography involved.