Similar to all crashes the truck accidents are caused by a range of factors and circumstances. When you or your loved ones are involved in a truck accident with a large commercial vehicle or truck there are various reasons for the accident. In a study conducted by FMCSA about the reasons for a truck accident, it was found that the truck drivers were the main reason for the accident. All commercial vehicle drivers should maintain road safety and handle their trucks accordingly. When it is breached, there is an accident.

Truck accident reasons assigned to the truck drivers

Here are some reasons recognized by FMCSA as the causative or critical to the road accidents and caused by truck drivers,

  • Poor performance: The truck driver panicked and overcompensated. Or he exercised low-quality directional control.
  • Non-performance: The driver fell asleep, was temporarily disabled with a seizure or heart attack, or was disabled for another reason.
  • Poor Recognition: The driver failed to observe the situation due to inside or outside factors.
  • Poor decision-making: The driver was driving too fast for the conditions and misjudged the speed of other cars and followed them too closely.

Common Causes behind Truck Accidents

The FMCSA along with NHTSA recognizes the fact that most motor vehicle accidents are caused by a complicated set of events and they involve two or more vehicles. They are also influenced by various elements such as the experience of the drivers and his training, truck design, truck manufacturing, adherence to the safety recommendations, and weather and road conditions. Here are some common reasons for truck accidents in Florida.

  • Unsafe lane changing.
  • Brakes or tire failure and other mechanical problems.
  • The flow of traffic.
  • Fatigue.
  • Over-the-counter and prescribed drug use.
  • Road-related problems.
  • Traveling too fast.
  • Unfamiliarity with the road.
  • Had to stop over before the crash (Due to crosswalk, traffic control devices).
  • Insufficient surveillance.

Government Efforts for Curbing the Truck Accidents

NTSB or the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended some additional safety measures for the trucks since the 1990s. These recommendations have been announced at least a dozen times. Specifically, the forward crash avoiding and mitigation systems have been recommended more than a dozen times. These systems are also referred to as advanced driver assistance systems. These are fundamentally technology alerts and also emergency takeover functionalities. They are increasingly offered on the feature lists of the new rigs. However, they are not made mandatory as yet.

The FDT or Florida Department of Transportation while attempting to tackle this problem developed a study for deciding whether the construction of additional car lanes is a viable option for improving safety on roads such as I-75. The related researchers felt that it was not a feasible option due to the impact it may have on the environment and some cultural places. All this leads to the fact that adopting the truck safety measures is important.

Costs Involved in Truck Accidents of Florida

Many trucking companies voluntarily have decided to make the truck accidents a priority. They are anticipating regulations being forced into place eventually and there is another reason. The truck accidents in Florida can be expensive for them as well. Among the various costs incurred by the carriers in truck accidents, some include,

  • Property damage costs to the rig.
  • Worker’s compensation paid to the truckers injured in the incident.
  • Costs due to loss of cargo owned by the shippers. Carriers many times insure this.
  • Insurance settlement or verdicts coming from wrongful deaths or personal injury lawsuits.

The truck accidents in Florida have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries with heavy losses leading up to six figures. Many times even these amounts are not enough to cover for the losses. For any consultation about the case, you can contact Rojas Law Group who will work to get fair compensation for all the wrongful injuries and deaths.

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