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Texting and Driving May Become a Primary Offense in Florida

Texting is considered one of the most dangerous things you can do while behind the wheel of a vehicle. While sending a short text may only take your eyes off of the road for a few seconds, those few seconds are enough for you to hit other vehicles, pedestrians or anything else on or near the road.

Texting and Driving

Consider this: Almost one in every five traffic accidents are directly caused ty texting and other causes of distracted driving. To compare, only one in three traffic accidents are caused by a drunk driver. Each day, texting and driving kills and causes serious injuries to people around the nation and in the state of Florida.

While most drivers understand how dangerous texting and driving can be, 74% still admit to engaging in this activity while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, the stats don’t seem to be enough to stop Floridians from using their devices behind the wheel.

As a result, there are some law enforcement experts that believe it is going to require a harsh crackdown on drivers who are caught texting while behind the wheel. Due to this, the penalties for driving and texting may increase in the near future for Floridians.

Texting and Driving Possibly Changing to a Primary Offense in Florida

Right now, texting is illegal in Florida. However, cops cannot pull you over just because they see that you are texting. You will only receive a ticket for this behavior if a police officer is also citing you for a primary traffic offense, such as speeding, running a red light, etc.

This means that if a police officer sees a driver texting while driving, but they are obeying all the other laws, they cannot take action.

There are only four other states that considered texting and driving a secondary offense, and in the near future there may only be three. Lawmakers in Florida want to change the policies so that the police can pull you over just for texting and driving.

There is a bill in the House of Representatives in Florida that would also double the fines for texting while in a school zone, as well as a bill that would make texting and driving a primary offense for any driver under the age of 18.

Every one of the new bills focuses on the largest perpetrators of driving and texting: teenagers. The issue of texting and driving is a huge one, especially with teenagers. And when you combine this with their inexperience on the road, it makes teenagers the most dangerous drivers.

Texting is Currently a Secondary Offense

It may still be a few months before Florida sees any significant changes in the law. If you are injured by a driver who is texting and driving or otherwise distracted, it is best to contact a personal injury attorney. They may be able to help you recover compensation for the damages and injuries you sustained.

To learn more about the texting and driving laws in Florida, contact the personal injury attorneys at Fetterman & Associates by calling (561) 845-2510.

New Trucking Regulation may Help Reduce Cases of Speed Related Accidents and Deaths

truck accident lawsuitIn a joint effort by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Department of Transportation, new regulations have been proposed to limit the speed of buses, trucks and other large, commercial vehicles when on the highway.

This proposed regulation would require these large vehicles (the ones that weighed over 26,000 pounds) to be fitted with a device to limit or put a cap on the maximum speed the vehicle could go. The proposed limits are 68, 65 or 60 miles per hour. The vehicles that weigh over 25,000 include dump trucks, tractor trailers, big rigs, school buses, buses, trucks, multipurpose passenger vehicles and other large commercial vehicles or trucks.

The Purpose of the New Regulation

The purpose of this proposed regulation is to help and minimize the number and the severity of accidents that involve large vehicles. It is also designed to reduce the total number of serious injuries and fatalities that occur.

According to statistics, speeding is a contributing factor in up to 33.3% of all auto accidents and 23% of commercial vehicle/large truck accidents. According to information from FMCSA, accidents that involve a large truck or a bus resulted in over 4,000 in 2014 alone. Also, more than 1,000 fatalities occur each year because of a speeding bus or truck.

The Potential Impact of the New Regulation

According to those in support of this speed cap, limiting a trucks or buses speed limit to 68 miles per hour may play a vital role in saving between 27 and 96 lives every year in speed related crashes. Also, when a maximum speed of 64 miles per hour is imposed, it could save between 63 and 214 lives, while a speed cap of 60 mph could save up to 498 lives a year.

Even though the proposal is said to make sure that the fleet of large commercial vehicles operates more efficiently, there are some opponents in the trucking industry that view this proposed regulation as interference by the government. There are some who claim the government is trying to interfere with all aspects of a truck driver’s business. Also, opponents make the argument that technology to limit speed may create a new safety hazard on the roads. It may result in increased collisions, traffic congestion, roadblocks and even more cases of road rage.

Do You Need a Large Truck Accident Attorney?

Unfortunately, large commercial vehicle accidents happen every day on Florida roadways. If you are ever involved in an accident, it is a good idea to contact a truck accident attorney right away. An attorney can investigate the case and ensure the victim’s rights are protected. The fact is, accidents caused by commercial vehicles are often more severe than regular passenger vehicle accidents.

To learn more about your rights and find out if you have grounds for a truck accident lawsuit, contact the attorneys at Fetterman & Associates, PA by calling 772-334-5515.

Laws That Every Truck Driver Must Abide By

trucking accident casesStatistics show that nearly 13% of the 15.5 million trucks on the roadways in America are equipped with tractor trailers. These trucks are used to transport goods from one part of the country to another in a timely manner. There are a variety of industries who rely on truckers to get their products where they are needed. Over 500,000 trucking accidents occur on a yearly basis and nearly 5,000 of these accidents will cause fatalities. There are a number of laws and other safeguards in place to protect both truck drivers and other motorists safe. Read below to find out about the various laws and guidelines truck drivers must abide by.

Obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License

Due to the complexity that comes with driving a semi, a person will have to pass a test in order to get a commercial license to operate these large trucks. Typically, a truck driver will have to attend a variety of different classes in order to be eligible to receive a commercial driver’s license. If a truck driver is in a wreck and they do not have a commercial driver’s license, it could lead to them and their employer being sued by the injured party.

Getting The Right Amount of Rest

Recording “hours of service” is also a requirement for truck drivers. By filling out these documents, law enforcement will be able to tell how many hours of sleep a truck driver is getting. If the truck driver does not take enough time to rest, they could be fined for this offense. Fatigue is one of the leading cause of trucking accidents, which is why laws pertaining to the recording of “hours of service” have been instituted.

Abiding By Weight Restriction Laws

The total amount of weight a truck can haul at any given time relies solely on the size of the semi in question. If a truck driver or their employer ignore the weight restrictions of a rig, they could be putting motorists in danger. When the load on a semi is too heavy, it will make it hard for a truck driver to stop the rig and maneuver it safely. An overloaded diesel truck is like a time bomb waiting to go off.

Quality Control Is Important

Just like any other piece of machinery, a semi-truck will require maintenance in order to stay safe. When trucking business owners try to cut corners by neglecting to do maintenance to their rigs, they are essentially playing with fire. If an accident occurs due to mechanical failure, the maintenance records associated with the truck in question will be reviewed. If it is shown the trucking company was negligent in regards to getting maintenance done, they can be sued by the injured parties.

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The team at Fetterman & Associates have handled many trucking accident cases. Call us at 561-316-2746 for more information on how we can help you following an accident. Our attorneys are here to provide you with guidance and to advise you of what your rights are after a trucking accident.

Will Self-Driving Trucks Help Reduce Accidents

Self-Driving TruckTruck accidents are a serious issue in the state of Florida. Not only do these accidents occur more frequently than they should, but they often result in tragic consequences.

According to a report from the Large Truck and Bus Overview, which is created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 3,978 large trucks and buses involved in fatal accidents in 2014. These collisions resulted in 4,161 fatalities. Florida is considered one of the top 10 states for bus and large truck fatalities, with 190 occurring in 2014 in Florida alone.

The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ data from 2014 stated that medium and heavy trucks (the ones that weighted over 10,000 pounds) were involved in thousands of accidents in Florida, which resulted in 4,320 injury crashes in 2014 alone.

With these shocking statistics, it is only natural that many people are working on ways to reduce the number of trucking accidents that occur. However, if you are involved in an accident, it is best to contact a North Palm Beach trucking accident attorney for assistance.

Enter the Self-Driving Truck

The majority of people have heard about the Google self-driving car. It is touted as being a way for everyone to get around safely and easily regardless of if they can drive or not. While there are several self-driving Google vehicles currently on the road (still in the testing phase) many people still wonder if the concept of self-driving trucks would also be beneficial and reduce the number of accidents.

Self-driving trucks would be completely automated and able to operate without any human input. As a result, no driver is necessary and as time passes, the need for humans in the truck in the instance of an emergency or problem would be completely eliminated.

Potential Pros and Cons of Self-Driving Trucks

It is difficult to predict what the precise consequences of self-driving trucks would be. In regard to driverless trucks and accidents, as well as subsequent fatal injuries, it is extremely likely that this would be significantly reduced. In fact, according to an article printed in USA Today, Google states that its self-driving cars have covered more than 1.7 million miles and only been involved in 11 accidents during a six-year timespan. All of these accidents resulted in no injuries and only minor damage. With these statistics in mind, it implies that self-driving trucks could produce results that are similar.

Liability in Self-Driving Truck Accidents

Another important issue to consider is the liability of a self-driving truck accident. While this situation is less likely, it is still completely possible. After all, even automated systems aren’t perfect. In some cases the manufacturer may be responsible for an accident, however these types of situations need to be evaluated carefully by an attorney.

While the introduction of self-driving trucks may reduce the total number of accidents in the future, preventing accidents with these innovative vehicles is still currently just an idea. If you ever are involved in an accident with a truck, make sure to call a Florida accident attorney right away. If you need help, or more information about trucking accidents and your rights, contact us at Fetterman & Associates today.

Also Read: Carrier Liability In Trucking Accidents


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Tractor Trailer Blind Spots: Stay Aware While on the Road

Tractor Trailer's Blind SpotsA wreck with a tractor trailer is typically always worse and more serious than a collision that involves two passenger vehicles. The fact is, semi-trucks are faster and bigger than cars. According to research from the IIHS – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – tractor trailers weigh 20 to 30 times more than the average passenger vehicle.

When a semi wreck does occur, the possibility of fatalities is much higher. In the majority of situations, those who pass away are the drivers and passengers of the standard vehicles. The bottom line is, cars are no match for big-rigs. If you are involved in an accident with a semi-truck, it is best to contact a West Palm Beach truck accident attorney. They can help you begin the process to recover monetary compensation.

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In addition to the sheer size and velocity of big trucks, other drivers on the road also need to understand that truck drivers don’t have an unobstructed 360-degree view of what is going on around them. This is mainly due to how high they sit in the trucks. This creates several blind spots for drivers. In some cases, these areas of limited visibility are referred to as “no zones.” If you get into one of these areas, you are going to be virtually impossible to the truck driver.

Blind Spots in the Rear

If you are behind a tractor trailer, they should understand there is a blind spot that extends up to 200 feet. If you are “tailgating” or following the semi too closely, you may not have time to brake if the truck stops all of the sudden.

Blind Spots on the Side

There are also rather large blind spots on each side of the cab of the truck. These blind spots typically extend along the cargo area. If you linger next to a semi for an extended period of time, you may wind up drifting into these blind spots. Many semi-trucks are often pushed sideways into other lanes if a strong wind gust occurs. This can result in a serious accident and injuries for you.

Blind Spots in Front of the Semi

This is also referred to as the “nose” of the truck. The front blind spot typically extends approximately 20 feet in front of the truck. If you move your car directly in this area, the driver is going to have a hard time seeing you. Even if the driver is able to see your vehicle, they may not know when you brake, leading to a devastating accident.

Call a Truck Accident Attorney in West Palm Beach for Help

If you are injured in a semi-truck accident, you need to contact an attorney to figure out what rights you have. In many cases, you may be able to recover compensation for the damages and injuries you suffered. However, it is also important that you remain aware while on the road. When you are careful, you can avoid serious accidents. Contact us to learn more.


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Carrier Liability in Trucking Accidents

Carrier Liability in Trucking AccidentsOne of the fundamental principles of common law is that anyone who has been injured in an accident has the right to receive compensation for their injuries. The only difficulty in applying this principle lies in determining who should bear the responsibility, or “liability,” for paying that compensation. Except in rare cases where the responsible party is self-insured, the burden for the payment of damages will usually fall to an insurance carrier.

In order to shift the burden of liability in a truck accident away from the driver and onto the freight carrier, and thus onto the carrier’s insurance company, a plaintiff must be able to show that the carrier was somehow negligent and that the carrier’s negligence was directly related to the truck accident. The arguments for establishing a carrier’s liability that may be available to a plaintiff include:

  • Employer’s liability
  • Leaser’s liability
  • Negligence in hiring or retention
  • Negligent vehicle inspection and maintenance

Although there is some degree of overlap in the above arguments, they are sufficiently different that they can be considered as separate.

  • Employer’s liability

An employer is, with certain relatively uncommon situations, responsible for the actions of its employees and agents. Depending on a carrier’s business and operations history, it should be relatively easy to determine a driver’s status as a “company driver” versus independent contractor.

Even if a driver’s employment status is hard to determine, how the driver files his or her federal and state taxes usually has the final say in the matter.

  • Leaser’s liability

In some cases it may be difficult to determine whether a driver is an independent contractor who has leased himself to a carrier or is an employee of the carrier. Since an accurate identification of a driver’s status is vital in determining carrier liability, these questions should be left to a truck accident lawyer with experience in commercial trucking operations.

  • Negligence in hiring or retention

An employer or a leaser has a duty to verify that a driver is qualified to safely operate his or her vehicle. If a driver is found to be unqualified or has demonstrated a pattern of unsafe driving habits, such as being issued numerous traffic citations or has a record of hours of service violations or over axle weight tickets, the carrier must either correct any problems or terminate the driver’s employment.

  • Negligent vehicle inspection and maintenance

Many carriers have discontinued having their own vehicle maintenance and inspection shops in favor of having contractors provide these services. Regardless of the relationship between the carrier and its fleet maintenance operations, the carrier has the responsibility of insuring that these services meet or exceed industry standards. If it can be shown that inspection and maintenance services allowed some problem to go undetected, the carrier and the facility where the problem should have been detected and/or corrected may be liable for damages.

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4 Things Truck Drivers Can’t Do Behind the Wheel

Truck DriversSemi-trucks are just about everywhere. They move nearly 70 percent of the nation’s products each year. There is no question tractor-trailers are a major force (literally) driving the nation’s economy.

Unfortunately, these massive vehicles can also be extremely dangerous, which is why they are subject to strict regulations.

If you have been injured in a semi-truck collision, call a West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer right away, as these are complicated cases that demand a skilled lawyer.

If the closest you have ever come to a big rig is seeing one on the highway, you may not realize how tightly regulated the trucking industry.

Here are four things truck drivers are legally prohibited from doing behind the wheel.

1. Texting and Driving

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) prohibits the drivers of all commercial motor vehicles from texting and driving. The FMCSA defines “texting” as manually entering text into a device or reading a text.

The rule also covers email, instant messaging, commands to activate a web page, or pressing more than a single button to initiate or end a call.

Truck drivers who violate the no texting rule face harsh penalties. Individual drivers caught texting behind the wheel must pay up to $2,750 per offense.

Commercial carrier companies can be fined up to $11,000 per violation. Multiple violations of the texting ban can cause a truck driver to lose his or her commercial driver’s license.

Also Read : Texting and Driving is Hazardous and Illegal in Florida

2. Driving with Unauthorized Passengers

FMCSA regulations also prohibit truck operators from transporting unauthorized passengers. Many long-haul drivers are away from their families for days and even weeks at a time.

In some cases, truck drivers are tempted to travel with a spouse, child, or family member as a way of spending time with a loved one.

Although many commercial truck companies permit their drivers to travel with a co-driver, which can be a spouse, any passenger must be authorized in writing by the driver’s employer to ride in the truck, and the written permission from the carrier company must state the points of transportation from beginning to end.

The rule makes an exception for livestock attendants and instances where a truck driver must transport someone for purposes of obtaining emergency help in the event of a crash or other health reason. Bus drivers are also exempt from the passenger rule.

3. Talking on the Phone

Although more than half the states allow motorists to use handheld mobile phones while driving, FMCSA regulations ban all handheld devices for truck drivers. Because federal law is more restrictive than state law in this case, the federal law is the controlling law.

The rule prohibits truck operators from holding a phone, dialing by pressing more than a single button, and even reaching for a phone – if by doing so the driver must maneuver out of a driving position.

Learn About : 5 Tips for Avoiding Distracted Driving

4. Using a Radar Detector

Tractor-trailers that weigh more than 18,000 pounds are prohibited from using radar detectors, which covers the majority of semi-trucks and buses on the road. This rule has been in place since 1993.

The idea behind the rule is that radar detectors encourage excessive speed, which is a leading cause of semi-truck accidents.

Just because regulations prohibit truck drivers from engaging in certain activities doesn’t mean truck drivers always obey the rules. Most truck operators are hard-working professionals who take their job and their responsibilities very seriously.

Unfortunately, even a single negligent truck driver can cause a devastating accident. This is why it’s so important for all motorists to be vigilant about safety on the road.

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Why You Need Legal Help After a Garbage Truck Accident in Florida

West Palm Beach Truck Accident AttorneyYou may have heard of the garbage truck accident that happened on I-95 in Miami on February 15th, 2016. The garbage truck actually fell off a ramp on I-95 and landed in the Jose Marti Park parking lot.

The driver was thrown from the vehicle. He visited Jackson memorial hospital afterwards to be checked out, and miraculously he was not seriously injured or killed. Check out a video of this accident here. The Florida Highway Patrol believes that it was driver distraction that caused this one-vehicle accident.

Accidents like this make you wonder—is accident liability different in Florida when a garbage truck is involved? What will happen legally if a garbage truck hits me?

In this case, you may even begin to wonder what happens if a garbage truck falls on you! The best way to find out your options after any type of car accident is to speak with a West Palm Beach truck accident attorney.

Find out more about general vehicle accident liability by clicking here.

Garbage Truck Accidents: Special Rules for Liability

Garbage trucks are like many larger vehicles on the road in Florida; they present unique hazards and dangers because they are so much larger than other vehicles. In addition, they are also more likely than other vehicles to “throw” things at the vehicles behind them. This can cause serious problems for all of the traffic around the garbage truck.

In some states or cities, the city and town, or community will provide garbage services for its citizens. However, in Florida, most garbage collection services are contracted out to individual companies.

If the state or city were employing people to collect trash, then the city’s special immunities for their employees may apply. In Florida, however, most citizens will not need to worry about that if they collide with a garbage truck.

An accident involving a garbage truck is much like getting into an accident with any other large commercial vehicle.

Large commercial vehicles have additional restrictions imposed by the state of Florida for things like:

    • Length
    • Width
    • Weight
    • Driving times
    • Driver qualifications

Knowing these extra rules are important if you are involved in an accident with a large commercial vehicle, such as a garbage truck.

When Accidents with Garbage Trucks Occur

Although you hear about accidents with garbage trucks on highways or the interstate, most accidents actually occur in residential neighborhoods. Garbage trucks spend the most time in these areas because they are constantly picking up garbage in various areas on a daily basis.

The trucks must stop frequently, making them a target for fender-benders. Accidents with pedestrians and the workers themselves are fairly common.

Common causes of garbage truck accidents include:

    • Negligent truck drivers
    • Inability to stop quickly
    • Driver fatigue
    • Failure to follow traffic signals or signs
    • Malfunctioning equipment or reverse alert alarms
    • Oversized loads
    • Large blind spots
    • Problems with stopping suddenly

Read more about other truck accident causes here.

Getting Legal Help from a West Palm Beach Truck Accident Attorney After a Collision with a Garbage Truck

Due to the size of these massive vehicles, an accident involving a garbage truck can cause severe damage and injuries.

If an incident were to occur, the company the driver is driving for would be involved in your dispute, as well as their attorney. Don’t let them take advantage of you by talking you into a settlement that will not even cover your medical expenses! Instead, call a West Palm Beach truck accident attorney to help protect your rights after an accident.

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The Top 4 Scariest Causes of Tractor-Trailer Crashes

Tractor-trailers are the biggest vehicles on the road and operating them requires special training and skill. Additionally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires carriers and drivers to follow specific rules when it comes to maintenance, driving hours, record-keeping, and other important tasks.

West Palm Beach Truck Accident LawyersUnfortunately, carriers and drivers alike sometimes allow a quest for profits to compromise safety. When they cut corners or disregard regulations, people can get seriously hurt.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, semi-trucks are involved in one in 10 highway deaths. Although the majority of truck operators are responsible, hard-working individuals who obey the rules, even one negligent driver can cause a highway fatality.

Here are some of the top causes of semi-truck accidents:

1. Driver Fatigue

Federal hours-of-service rules permit commercial truck drivers to stay behind the wheel for up to 11 hours at a time. Anyone who has taken a long road trip knows that driving for even a few hours can be tiring.

Although truck drivers obviously drive long periods and distances far more often than an average commuter, extended hours behind the wheel of a big rig is a recipe for disaster for any commercial driver.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has long advocated installing electronic monitoring devices in tractor-trailers to replace old-fashioned handwritten logbooks that are prone to driver falsification.

Recently, the Department of Transportation adopted new rules that make electronic logging devices mandatory for truck and bus drivers. By December 2017, there will be about three million commercial truck drivers using ELDs.

2. High Speeds and Slow Braking

Trucks are heavy, weighing 20 to 30 times as much as a typical car. They take longer to speed up, but they also take a lot longer to slow down. Commercial vehicle speed limits vary by state, with most states requiring large trucks to travel at least 10 miles per hour slower than passenger vehicles on highways. Highway pileups are often caused by semi-trucks that could not brake in time to avoid a collision with another motorist.

3. Driver Distractions – “Safety-Critical Events”

Studies conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reveal that commercial truck drivers who text and drive are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in a “safety-critical event“.

According to the FMCSA, a safety-critical event includes a crash, near-crash, or accidental lane change. As a result, the FMCSA now bans commercial motor vehicle drivers who transport hazardous materials from using handheld devices while driving. Safety experts advocate instituting a more comprehensive ban for all commercial truck drivers nationwide.

Visit here to read more about texting and driving involving tractor-trailer truck drivers.

4. Weather Conditions

Bad weather can make driving dangerous for anyone. When a heavy, fast-moving semi-truck is hurtling down the highway in heavy rain and other hazardous weather conditions can result in a devastating collision. Because it takes so long for tractor-trailers to stop, even a small patch of slick pavement can cause an operator to lose control. This is why it is extremely important for truck drivers to remain alert and in control of their trucks at all times.

Learn Your Rights with West Palm Beach Truck Accident Lawyers

If you have been injured in a collision involving a tractor-trailer, or you have lost a loved one to wrongful death due to a semi-truck accident, then you should first understand your legal rights. And who better to help you understand you rights than an experienced West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer.

As West Palm Beach truck accident attorney , we know first hand how horrific these accidents can be. These types of cases can be incredibly complex. Don’t wait to speak to an attorney.

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The Biggest Problems with Commercial Truck Accidents (and What You Can Do About Them)

West Palm Beach Truck Accident LawyerIt’s probably not at all as surprise to hear about the many trucking accidents that occur on a daily basis in Florida. In fact, these numbers are even a little scary.

There were approximately 3800 fatal accidents involving a truck in 2012 alone, which was a 5 percent increase from the year before. This problem only continues to worsen rather than improve with time, making commercial truck accidents a big problem in Florida.

If you have been involved in a trucking accident already, then you are probably familiar with the serious injuries and outcomes that can lead to a driver not paying attention or being properly prepared to operate the vehicle.

If this sounds like you, then click here to learn more about working with a West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer.

What Causes Commercial Truck Accidents?

While accidents of all kinds are an everyday occurrence, industry experts believe that these increased accidents can be due to several different factors, which include:

  • An increased reliance on electronic devices, which leads to distracted driving
  • An improved economy which means an increase in business and shipments
  • Lower gas prices

Read more about the various causes for commercial truck accidents in Florida here.

Road Rules

Despite the common causes for accidents, commercial truck drivers are still responsible for driving safely. The majority of truck drivers in the United States are responsible for sticking to strict schedules while also following regulations established by state and federal governments.

Such regulations include:

  • The amount of time spent driving
  • The amount of time required to rest
  • The set number of miles a driver must follow

Despite this, truck drivers may still feel a great deal of pressure from their employer to get shipments to particular places on time. This means that they might compromise safety in return for delivering a load as soon as possible.

A weather incident in one location, for example, could cause a driver to be delayed for several days and to try to make up the time elsewhere.

Road Risk Factors

While we’ve looked at some reasons why commercial truck drivers feel so much pressure while on the road, and even some regulations mandated by the state of Florida and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), here are some reasons why commercial truck drivers themselves are at risk for accidents:

  • Over-sized loads or shifting truck loads can create hazards.
  • Over-sized trailers and extra wide loads are dangerous, but making an abrupt turn or changing lanes can lead to critical accidents.
  • It is much more difficult for commercial trucks, including semi-trucks to brake. Recent research study show that large trucks are the most common vehicles associated with rear-end collisions because a driver is not able to stop in time.
  • Failing to maintain proper brakes can be a serious issue for a commercial truck. More than half of the trucks linked to fatal accidents, in one recent study, had a minimum of one brake safety violation.
  • Jack-knifing is a common incident with commercial trucks that can lead to critical accidents, and even involve multiple vehicles.
  • Trucks make wide turns, which may catch other drivers on the road off guard.
  • Distracted driving, driver fatigue or drug and alcohol impairment can all contribute to devastating accidents involving commercial truck drivers. Recent research from the federal highway administration indicated that many professional truck drivers are only able to get half the amount of sleep they are supposed to!
  • Lack of training and other driver inexperience issues. Commercial trucking enterprises are responsible for educating all of their drivers about the best way to handle these large vehicles and how to avoid accidents.

Hire a West Palm Beach Truck Accident Lawyer for the Long Haul

Commercial truck accidents are common, and often involve other vehicles, resulting in serious injuries and even fatalities. Check out this site here to learn more interesting facts about the dangers of commercial truck accidents in Florida.

If you have been involved in a commercial truck accident at any capacity, then, you need a truck accident lawyer in West Palm Beach to help you figure out your next steps.

Visit here to learn more about working with a West Palm Beach truck accident attorney, and how a reputable legal team can help you to determine who is liable in a truck accident.

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