Chances are that any given product you're using was brought to your town (or the town where you ordered it from) in a truck. Large trucks haul thousands of types of products across the United States, logging billions of miles each year. Inevitably some of those trucks are involved in accidents many of them quite serious.
In fact, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2009 in the United States, there were 296,000 large trucks accidents (accidents involving a truck that is 10,000 pounds or greater); 3,380 people died in traffic collisions with a large truck, and another 74,000 people were injured in such crashes.
If you've been involved in an accident with a freight-carrying truck, you can benefit from the experience and knowledge of the Brevard County truck accident lawyers at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A.
Florida Truck Accident Data
The state of Florida has a poor truck accident fatality record. According to the NHTSA's National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 5.1 percent of the national total for fatal large truck crashes in 2009 occurred in Florida. Sobering numbers, indeed. Fortunately, in the past five years, auto accident fatality rates have gone down.
- 2005: 400 deaths
- 2006: 350 deaths
- 2007: 301 deaths
- 2008: 264 deaths
- 2009: 181 deaths
Causes of Truck Accidents
There are many causes of commercial or large trucking accidents. The driver or company that owns the large truck may be at-fault if:
- The driver has not been sufficiently trained in driving and safety techniques
- The driver has been driving for an extended period of time without breaks
- The driver has been speeding
- The driver is under the influence
- The vehicle has not been properly maintained
These are just a few of the many different scenarios from which truck accident cases originate. The Brevard County personal injury attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm, P.A., have the experience and resources to handle any type of truck accident case, no matter how complex the circumstances. Contact our practice for a case review.