Orlando Truck Accident Lawyer
Anyone who drives a car or motorcycle in Orlando, Maitland or other parts of Central Florida may have been in a situation where they feared for their safety due to a semi-tractor trailer following too closely, driving too fast for road conditions, swerving into their lane, or pulling into traffic without enough room. And this can setup circumstances for a truck accident.
According to a 2016 report released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:
- Of the approximately 475,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks in 2016, there were 3,864 (0.8 percent) fatal crashes and 104,000 (22 percent) injury crashes.
- Single-vehicle crashes (including crashes that involved a bicyclist, pedestrian, non-motorized vehicle, etc.) made up 22 percent of all fatal crashes, 14 percent of all injury crashes, and 24 percent of all property damage only crashes involving large trucks in 2016. The majority (62 percent) of fatal large truck crashes involved two vehicles.
- Fatal crashes involving large trucks tend to occur in rural areas and on Interstate highways. Approximately 61 percent of all fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in rural areas, 27 percent occurred on Interstate highways, and 15 percent fell into both categories by occurring on rural Interstate highways.
- Thirty-seven percent of all fatal crashes, 23 percent of all injury crashes, and 20 percent of all property damage only crashes involving large trucks occurred at night (6:00 pm to 6:00 am).
- The vast majority of fatal crashes (84 percent) and nonfatal crashes (88 percent) involving large trucks occurred on weekdays (Monday through Friday).
- Collision with a vehicle in transport was the first harmful event (the first event during a crash that resulted in injury or property damage) in 73 percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks, 83 percent of injury crashes involving large trucks, and 75 percent of property damage only crashes involving large trucks.
- Overturn (rollover) was the first harmful event in 5 percent of all fatal crashes involving large trucks and 2 percent of all nonfatal crashes involving large trucks.
- In 2016, 27 percent of work zone fatal crashes and 8 percent of work zone injury crashes involved at least one large truck.
- There were 12.0 fatal large truck crashes per million people in the United States in 2016, a 13-percent increase from 10.6 in 2010.
- In 2016, on average, there were 1.12 fatalities in fatal crashes involving large trucks. In 91 percent of those crashes, there was only one fatality. The majority, 83 percent, of fatalities were not occupants of the large truck.
Another interesting stat from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is that sixty percent of deaths in large truck crashes in 2016 occurred on major roads other than interstates and freeways, 32 percent occurred on interstates and freeways, and seven percent occurred on minor roads:
Deaths in large truck crashes by road type, 2016
|Interstates and freeways||1277||32|
|Other major roads||2373||60|
|All road types||3,986||100|
Large trucks are a necessary fact of life in order to move products and supplies from place to place. Without them, our economy would suffer. However, they must be driven safely in order to protect the driving public. While most truck drivers are safe, conscientious, drivers, some are not.
All of the distractions present for car drivers can also affect long haul truckers and other large truck drivers. However, the size and weight of those trucks makes the damage they inflict so much worse. Truck drivers are supposed to be professionals—they are specifically trained and licensed to drive such large vehicles and they have a duty to operate them safely so as not to endanger the public.
We automotive drivers have some responsibility as well. Here are some basic things to remember when traveling near a truck:
Blind spots: Trucks have several large blind spots you need to be aware of. Be careful and attentive wen you pass. If a truck puts on a turn signal to move into another lane, yield to it. Assume the driver can’t see you, even if you can see the driver’s face in the trucks mirror.
Blown tires: It’s a sad fact of the trucking industry that operators try to save money wherever they can. One way to do this is to use re-tread tires. These tires are prone to blow at highway speeds; we all have no doubt seen the treads laying in or beside the roadway. There have been cases were these tires have blown while a car is beside them resulting in devastating accidents. When passing a truck do so as quickly and safely as possible.
Braking distance: A heavy large truck requires a much longer distance to stop. Don’t assume they will have time to stop if you are in front of them and you need to stop. Give trucks more space behind you and be more aware of avoiding situations where you need to stop suddenly.
Windy conditions: Trucks are heavy and high profile. When the winds are blowing so usually are the trucks. Be aware that drivers may have a hard time maintaining their lane.
Many factors can contribute to a truck accident, and an experienced law firm can determine the cause and contributing factors to a trucking accident. Even if you are a responsible driver, truck drivers can be affected by such things as sleep deprivation, violations of federal transportation regulations, cell phone use, and texting all of which can contribute to a semi-truck accident.
WHEN TO CALL AN ORLANDO TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
So, what do you do after a truck accident? The Orlando truck accident attorneys at Warner & Warner have handled many truck accident cases and have the experience and knowledge to prosecute your case and obtain just compensation for your injuries and financial losses. If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one was involved in a fatal truck accident in Orlando, Maitland, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Lake Mary, Winter Park, Apopka, Oveido or other Central Florida communities, call our truck accident lawyer today; we would be honored to speak with you about your rights.