When you have 80,000 pounds of steel and freight barreling down the roadway, anything standing in its way is in serious trouble. Big rigs, semi-trailers, tractor-trailers and other large trucks are virtually unstoppable on the highway, which is why an accident in which they are involved can lead to disastrous outcomes. Some of the most serious motor vehicle accidents in Florida involve these behemoth bosses of the road. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident, a Plantation truck accident attorney is your best line of defense against the big insurance companies that represent the driver’s interests.
Large trucks are a force with which to be reckoned on the highways and streets of Plantation and elsewhere. Their sheer size and their mass ensure maximum damage of any object unlucky enough to get in their path. To add insult to injury, these trucks are more difficult to maneuver when compared with standard passenger vehicles, and they require a much greater stopping distance. In addition, they often travel at high speeds and are operated by drivers who are under tight deadlines to get their cargo where it needs to be. Some trucks are up to 30 times the weight of other cars on the road. All of these factors combined can create a perfect storm for deadly and life-changing accidents.
Truck Accident Victims
Although operators of large trucks and the occupants of their cabs are often injured and sometimes killed in large truck accidents, it is usually the case that occupants in other involved vehicles sustain the brunt of any injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost two-thirds of people who die in big rig accidents are those that are in other involved cars, trucks, SUVs and vans; only 16 percent of victims were operating or riding in the big rig or other large truck. The injuries sustained by truck accident victims can be quite significant, the most serious of which range from crushing injuries and amputations to spinal damage and traumatic brain injury.
Statistics on Truck Accidents
Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suggests that there were around 500,000 accidents involving big trucks in 2016 alone. Around 100,000 people were injured as a result, with 3,500 succumbing to their injuries. Nearly four people die every hour in the U.S. as a result of injuries sustained in truck accidents.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
A variety of circumstances can lead to accidents involving large trucks, but speeding has been determined to be a leading factor, cited in as many as 31 percents of all incidents. Roughly one in four big truck operators involved in truck accidents where speeding is to blame has been cited for speeding in the past. But speed alone is not the sole cause of crashes involving trucks. Some other top causes include:
- Drivers driving impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Sleepy or fatigued drivers
- Inexperienced drivers
- Reckless and dangerous driving
- Overloaded trucks or imbalanced loads
- Faulty brakes or poor maintenance of braking system
- Poorly maintained lights or safety systems
While the operator of the truck or even the truck itself can be to blame in a truck accident, road conditions can also be a factor. Debris on the road, poorly designed roads, and roads that lack proper maintenance can all contribute to serious truck accidents.
Fighting For Your Rights
The Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman and our Plantation truck accident attorneys understand the complexities of big truck accidents, and we’re here to help you get the compensation that you deserve. Most truck accident claims are high dollar claims, so insurers have a lot at stake and generally use aggressive legal tactics to negate any monetary compensation you receive. Call us now to arrange a consultation with our team to discuss the particulars of your case.