Broward County, FL- There is an average of 500,000 commercial truck accidents in the U.S., and these accidents can have a number or preventable causes. For the majority of truck accidents, the passenger-vehicle motorist is at fault, but a truck driver or trucking company can make a mistake or fail to act, and the result is a devastating truck accident. Those mistakes and failings can manifest in a number of ways but USAttorneys’ team of truck accident lawyers in Broward County would like to explain three of the main causes of truck accidents in Florida.
Many motorists, whether in a car, truck or on a motorcycle, like to speed. They rarely think they will become a sad statistic or cause a terrible accident. The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration found in their 2003 Fatal Causation Study that speed was the cause of 1 in 4 fatal truck accidents. It takes a commercial truck, which can weigh up to 80,000 lbs., at least, 250 feet to come to a complete stop, according to the NHTSA. When you combine speed with extreme weight, the force of a truck crash can be devastating.
A commercial truck must be in good working when it hits the road, but not all trucks are and mechanical failure is a common factor in truck accidents. That fact clearly shows that not all truckers or trucking companies take safety seriously. Failing brakes and worn tires are typical, but whatever the mechanical failure, an accident can change the course of a truck driver’s life or an accident victim’s life.
According to the NHTSA, 55 percent of trucks involved in a fatal or injurious accident had, at least, one mechanical issue. What’s more, the NHTSA also found that 30 percent of trucks in involved in an accident had a mechanical problem that should have taken that truck off of the road.
Unfortunately, fatigued or drowsy driving are common in the trucking industry and causes roughly 13 percent of fatal truck accidents, according to the NHTSA. Because they work long hours and spend most of their time on the road, truck drivers are prone to fatigue and often don’t realize they are too tired to drive until it’s too late.
Truck drivers (or passenger-vehicle motorists) who feel fatigued have a duty to get off of the road until they are safe to drive, but many don’t because they feel pressured to stay on the road and deliver their cargo.
Speed, fatigue, and mechanical failure are just three causes of truck accidents; there are many others. If you are a truck accident victim, and you plan on seeking compensation, you need someone on your side who can show the cause of your accident and identify who is at fault. That is why USAttorneys recommends you contact a truck accident lawyer in Broward County, Florida. They have the skills to determine the cause of an accident and know how to prove fault so that you can recover generous compensation for your accident.