Trucking accidents are fairly common in Florida and can have serious, often fatal, consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Florida has one of the highest number of recorded truck accidents in the United States, surpassed only by California and Texas. The massive size and weight of commercial trucks means an accident involving these vehicles is inherently more dangerous to all those involved.
For a better understanding of the scope of the dangers associated with trucking accidents, our team at Charpentier Law Firm in Melbourne, FL, has compiled a list of truck accident statistics. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, our firm can provide the legal representation you need. Contact our office online or call (321) 631-5446 to schedule a free review of your case.
During 2015, an estimated 433,000 large trucks were involved in police-recorded traffic accidents in the United States. These accidents resulted in 116,000 injuries and 4,067 fatalities. Due to their size and weight, large trucks are more likely to be involved in fatal multiple-vehicle crashes than passenger cars. About 82 percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks affect multiple vehicles. The most common type of large truck crash is a head-on collision.
According to Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System, over 395,862 crashes occurred in 2016. Of those, over 44,000 involved commercial vehicles, such as large trucks and buses. In the same time span, Brevard County alone experienced 797 commercial vehicle crashes, resulting in 160 injuries and 12 fatalities. With the complex set of interstate roadways in Brevard County, our community is often affected by trucking accidents.
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Causes of Trucking Accidents
According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) conducted by the NHTSA, about 87 percent of large truck crashes were caused by some type of driver error. The study placed driver error into four categories:
- Non-performance, which refers to a physical impairment of some kind
- Recognition, or inattentive or distracted driving
- Decision, which places the fault with the driver’s poor decision making
- Performance, which refers to the driver failing to perform certain actions correctly
Of the four categories, the most common driver error factor was decision. Poor decisions on the part of the driver were a direct cause of 38 percent of large truck crashes studied by the LTCCS. However, a range of other factors can lead to a trucking accident, including equipment issues with the vehicle or the environmental conditions at the time of the incident.
When to Hire an Attorney
If you were involved in a serious trucking accident, insurance may pay for part or all of your medical expenses. However, trucking accidents often result in devastating or catastrophic injuries affecting the brain or spinal cord. These types of injuries can require a lifetime of costly medical care and inhibit your ability to earn a living.
Injuries caused by the negligence or irresponsible actions of others require action. Our attorneys can prove whose negligence resulted in your injury and other losses. We have an intimate knowledge of trucking industry regulations and can consult with experts who can help demonstrate where responsibility lies so that you can collect the compensation you deserve.
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Our team at Charpentier Law Firm has helped victims of negligence collect millions. To learn more about how we can help you in this difficult time, contact our office online or call (321) 631-5446 and schedule a free case review.