Each year, there are over 500,000 trucking crashes across the country and 5,000 such crashes result in at least one fatality, so over 500 people are killed each year by being involved in a truck incident . In any crash involving a commercial truck, there is a greater chance of serious injury or death than in accidents between two motor vehicles. In Part I of this three part series, we our Miami tractor trailer accident lawyers will look at two of the most common causes of commercial trucking accidents:
1) Driver Fatigue and
2) Distracted Driving. We examine some additional common causes of commercial truck crashes in this second segment.
3. Drug Use--a recent study examining the cause of truck accidents found that the use of either illegal or prescription drugs played a role in 26% of all crashes. Drugs lead to erratic behavior and impaired a trucker's reaction time. Reaction is the time from when our eyes perceive a danger and the time we begin to react, i.e., hit the brakes, swerve, etc. During this "reaction time" a vehicle travels a certain distance dependant on its speed .Drug use among truckers is notoriously high, with some long haul truckers resorting to stimulant drugs to keep them awake through the night and combat tedious hours on the road. Your experienced Florida truck accident attorney will investigate whether drugs contributed to your accident.
4. Speeding--according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, speed is a contributing factor in over 23% of all trucking crashes . Excessive speed when driving an 80,000 pound commercial truck often becomes deadly. Trucking companies have the means to control and monitor their driver's speed through speed governors, but not all use these devices due to the expense associated with their purchase and installation. A licensed Florida truck accident attorney can determine the speed at which the truck was traveling at the time of the accident to further your claim and often the degree of braking used, if any..