According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), trucking accidents occur when large trailers of 10,000 pounds or more get into accidents. About 500,000 trucking accidents happen each year in the United States. Approximately 5,000 trucking accidents result in fatalities, with one out of every eight traffic fatalities involving a trucking collision.
Florida is one of the top ten states in trucking fatalities with 183 deaths from trucking accidents in 2012, making it third in the nation for fatal trucking accidents. Trucking accidents may occur because of driver error, equipment failures, or natural causes. Knowing your rights after a trucking accident can help you or a loved one recover damages. Read the rest »
The trucking industry is big business here in Florida. At any moment, there are thousands of trucks hauling products across The Sunshine State. We’re also a heavily populated state with lots of tourist attractions. This all makes our roads some of the busiest in the nation. That also makes them some of the most dangerous. There were nearly 400,000 automobile crashes in Florida in 2015. Thousands of them involved big rig trucks.
Nationally, one out of every eight driving accidents involve a big rig or tractor trailer. These accidents normally don’t go well for people driving standard passenger cars. When a commercial truck gets involved in a road accident, nearly 80 of people injured are riding in smaller passenger cars. Read the rest »
A 49-year-old man from Kingsland, Georgia was killed in a Florida truck accident when his car slammed into the back of a semi-truck. According to a First Coast News report, the fatal accident happened on Interstate 95, near the Jacksonville International Airport.
It’s unclear what caused the semi truck to slow down, or if the driver of the Accord had a reasonable amount of time to avoid the collision. Read the rest »
There are many reasons why large truck accidents occur, but the majority of big rig crashes result from driver error. Large truck drivers who are fatigued, speeding, distracted, and careless put everyone on the roadway in danger. Tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which is 40 times heavier than a standard passenger car. When one of these massive vehicles is traveling at highway speeds, it is capable of crushing anything in its path.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, large commercial trucks account for approximately 500,000 traffic accidents annually and about 10 percent of those accidents result in at least one fatality. Typically, the more serious injuries are suffered by occupants of smaller vehicles and not by truck drivers who are better protected in their larger, heavier vehicles. Read the rest »
Heavy trucks transport the goods that keep our economy running. According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), three million truck drivers use nearly three million heavy trucks to move over 9.2 billion tons of freight annually. These powerful and heavy vehicles may be the lifeblood of our economy, but they are also capable of causing significant destruction to smaller vehicles.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,921 people killed and 104,000 people injured in heavy truck accidents in the United States in the year 2012. That is a 4 percent increase from the 3,781 people killed in truck accidents in the year 2011. As our economy continues to improve and grow, these numbers will only go up. More business means more trucks, and more trucks means more opportunities for truck accidents. Read the rest »
A Jacksonville area tow truck driver is dead and another trailer truck driver is in custody after a fatal crash on Interstate 10, between U.S. 301 Cecil Commence Center Parkway. Reports from WJXT News 4 indicate the wreck occurred shortly before midnight near Otis Road, just west of the Parkway. Florida Highway Patrol suggests that the semi-truck being driven east collided with the rear of the tow truck heading in the same direction. Upon collision the tractor-trailer driver lost control, crossed the median into the westbound lane before crashing into the tree line. Read the rest »
In the wake of the tragic Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York, the problem of fatigued drivers has been brought to the forefront of the national consciousness once again.
The accident injured 70 and killed four passengers. Reportedly, the operator took a 30 mph curve on the track at 82 mph. Fatigue appears to have been a major factor in the accident, as the train operator allegedly admitted that he may have “nodded off” at the controls.
Fatigue not only can be a factor in train accidents, but it also can be a huge factor in commercial trucking accidents. Think about it: while train accidents caused by fatigued operators are relatively rare, thousands of trucks crisscross our nation every day. An untold number of those truck drivers may be driving drowsy, which presents a magnified danger to the motoring public.
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It has been over thirty years since Congress set minimum insurance requirements for trucking companies to meet before being allowed to do business in the U.S.
In 1980, Congress deregulated the trucking industry, causing many to fear that the federal government could not keep tabs on the burgeoning growth of truck companies. To allay some of those fears, Congress authorized the Secretary of Transportation to set minimum amounts of insurance and to increase those requirements as part of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980.
Ostensibly, this was supposed to act as a deterrent for negligent truck drivers and trucking companies by allowing insurance companies to provide economic incentives for operating safe trucking companies. The idea, on paper at least, was that insurance companies would get bad actors off the road by pricing them out of the market in the underwriting process.
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Tyra Andre was just 21-years-old and on her way to classes at a Jacksonville community college when her Ford Taurus was rear-ended by a large Ford F-450 truck belonging to the Ring Power Corporation on the I-10 merger ramp with I-95. Ever since the March 10, 2009 accident, her life has been a series of pain treatments for the neurological damage to her neck and back. Andre is a patient at the Jacksonville Spine Center and her pain treatments including chiropractic, injections, and radio frequency lesioning (RFL), which will be necessary for the remainder of her life.
In Duval Circuit Court on February 17, Farah & Farah attorneys Brian Flaherty and Richard Staggard leveled the playing field and told the six-person jury that the collision did cause the injuries Andre suffers with today, something the company denied. Attorneys for Ring Power had argued that Andre had an underlying condition and that she only suffered a sprain and strain. Read the rest »
A Jacksonville man lost his life Saturday, September 25, when his car collided with a semi tractor-trailer in Nassau County. The accident occurred around 3 a.m. on U.S. 301. according to FirstCoastNews.com.
James Lee Knotts, 31, was northbound when he began to drift off the road. He crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming tractor-trailer. The Florida Highway Patrol is unsure of what caused this accident, but Knotts’ vehicle caught fire and was completely engulfed. He died at the scene. The semi driver was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center with serious injuries. Read the rest »