Truck Accidents and Driver Fatigue in Florida
If you drive on the roads of Florida, you will almost certainly come in constant contact with 18-wheeler trucks. They are large and fast and the thought of one being out of control because a driver is asleep, is frightening. Unfortunately, Florida truck accidents happen more often than we would like to imagine.
Goods are delivered across our interstates in large trucks, 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. Due to the many driving hours that need to be filled, both trucking companies and drivers push limits to meet deadlines and bottom lines. Drivers and transportation companies are regulated on the hours they can drive; however, enforcing these regulations becomes tricky. Ultimately it is up to the good judgment of the truck driver, if they should drive or not.
If they choose to drive while fatigued, and an accident occurs, the consequences can be devastating. A truck is almost 30 times the weight of a car, which poses tremendous dangers to other motor vehicles sharing the road. In 2009, the last available statistics from the Department of Transportation show that 3,163 people died in large truck accidents. Driver fatigue has been noted in a number of these accidents.
The best way to stop this kind of negligence is to make sure both truck drivers and transportation companies are putting safety first. Most do, as shown in the fairly dramatic decline in large truck accidents over the last 10 years. Because more awareness and better practices have been put into place, truck accidents are being reduced.
Although truck wreck statistics are decreasing, it just takes that one time for a trucker to drive drowsy. If a truck driver gets behind the wheel too tired to drive, he or she can forever change a life. If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver that caused a serious wreck, you may have legal options.