The last time that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a large-truck crash causation study was in the early 2000s. In January 2020, the FMCSA announced that it is seeking information on how to proceed with another such study: one that will take into account the various changes, especially technological changes, that have impacted the trucking industry in Florida and across the U.S. in the last two decades.
Large trucks can be somewhat intimidating to drivers of passenger vehicles. The fear is understandable, as a truck accident can cause serious injuries and death. Federal regulations are serious steps to try to improve safety and some can have uneven results that make it appear as if they are making the roads less safe. When there is a truck crash and people are injured or lose their lives, understanding these rules and how they might have impacted a collision might be a key factor in a filing for compensation.
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.
When Floridians are in a passenger vehicle and are sharing the road with a large truck, there is an understandable fear. Not only are these vehicles massive, but they travel at significant speeds and drivers can be distracted, negligent, reckless or under the influence. One issue that had receded into the background was the amount of time truckers spent on the road and whether truck driver fatigue was a factor. The vigilance drivers are required to have with their trucking log and oversight on the part of the Department of Transportation was meant to enhance safety.
Every two years, the National Transportation Safety Board announces its priorities for improving roadway safety in the U.S. This list, called the Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, serves as a snapshot of the most troubling issues facing motorists.
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.