Due to their sheer size and weight, truck accidents and injuries tend to be much more serious than those that just include smaller vehicles. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety revealed that 70 percent of the people who die in truck crashes are actually driving or riding in one of the other vehicles involved, rather than the truck. Sometimes, truck drivers do not seem to be aware of the special risks they present to others on the road, but these are the facts:
Though it is true that an accident involving a large transport truck could happen anywhere, when it comes to the Tampa Bay region, some areas are more susceptible than others. It’s well known that in the city of Tampa, there are a few intersections and on-ramps that seem to be the setting of more accidents. For example, Waters Avenue and Himes Avenue North has long been known as one of the city’s most dangerous intersections. And some of the roads here are just as notorious: Brandon Blvd., Gibsonton Dr., Fletcher Ave., Dale Mabry Hwy. and Interstate 4 are known as a few of the most deadly roadways in town. It seems as though almost every other day there’s reporting about another fatal accident involving a truck on the roads heading into and out of Tampa.
On the state level, Florida is third in the country for fatalities related to truck accidents, right behind Texas and California, and of all the accidents in our state, about 10% of those happen with commercial trucks. The term “commercial vehicle” encompasses a variety of different types of vehicles, but the Federal Highway Administration estimates that at least 42% of commercial vehicles are considered to be semi-trucks that travel more than 100,000 miles per year.
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Just like auto accidents, truck accidents can have many different underlying causes. But it’s not surprising that also like many car accidents, the leading cause is driver error and negligence. Most times this negligence happens right before the accident, like when the driver makes a dangerous lane change, but when factors like truck maintenance and driver training are involved, the negligence has actually taken place days or months before the accident ever happens.
The Large Truck Crash Causation Study in 2014 was the first national study to examine the factors that directly contribute to serious commercial truck accidents. The U.S. Department of Transportation agencies used the results of the study to help implement strategies to improve road safety.
The report noted three critical events that were involved in most truck accidents—and when these events or actions happen, an accident was largely unavoidable:
When you get into a truck accident, you may automatically assume that the truck driver will be the one to pay your compensation. However, even if the truck driver is the one who is at fault, it is possible that others may be liable for the damages that were caused. Future Firm Law will work to fully investigate your accident and identify the appropriate party against whom to take action. If needed, we will help you file multiple lawsuits or claims to ensure you receive full and fair compensation for your accident.
Some of the most commonly liable parties in truck accident lawsuits include: