Florida residents may feel comfortable maneuvering around large commercial trucks when driving along state roadways. These massive vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when carrying a full load, which is extremely large when compared to a passenger vehicle’s small stature. While many tractor trailers are operated by well-trained, qualified commercial truck drivers, others are not. From driver violations to mechanical difficulties, these issues can cause devastating commercial vehicle accidents and endanger the lives of innocent motorists on the road.
Truck Accident Facts
NBC News reported that there were more than 10.6 million trucks traveling through the United States in 2012, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. That same year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 3,802 people were killed in large truck accidents, and approximately 194 of those occurred in Florida.
Despite federal laws that are designed to regulate truck drivers, trucking companies and the safety of commercial vehicles, the FMCSA stated that 171,150 truck drivers had too many violations and were taken out of service as a result. More than 2.1 million tractor trailers were removed from service after they were found to have had too many safety violations.
New Safety Technology
Although new commercial truck safety technology may help to reduce the number of injuries and deaths that are caused by tractor trailers each year, only 10 percent of tractor trailers currently have active safety technology, according to the American Trucking Association. NBC News explains that just because a truck is equipped with safety technology does not mean that it will work properly. Safety technology malfunction is a common cause of commercial vehicle accidents in America.
The high-profile truck accident that severely injured famous comedian and actor Tracy Morgan and killed fellow comedian Jimmy Mack was caused by a tractor trailer that was equipped with the latest safety technology, including an automatic braking system, interactive cruise control and forward-looking radar, according to NJ.com. The computer installed in the truck was designed to alert the driver of slowing traffic and, when working properly, had the ability to automatically adjust the speed of the truck according to the flow of traffic. Morgan and several other passengers that were involved in the accident have filed a third-party lawsuit against the trucking company for the non-functioning safety system that led to the catastrophic accident, as well as several other factors that caused the accident to occur.
Seeking Compensation for Damages
Commercial truck accidents can be extremely traumatic, both physically and psychologically. If you or someone you know has been victimized by truck driver negligence, it is crucial to seek legal counsel from a personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and suffering.