Tractor Trailer Driver Fails to Stop in Time

March 19, 2012

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of a tractor-trailer failed to stop in time and crashed into several cars on I-10.

Several People Injured

As a result of the accident, eight people were hurt and had to be transported to the hospital, three of them in serious condition. The driver of the eighteen-wheeler was not injured and was charged with careless driving.

Given our many years of experience handling commercial truck accident cases, we cannot help but wonder whether driver fatigue played a role in this crash. Time and again we have seen greed propel tractor-trailer drivers to drive far more hours that they should until fatigue sets in and an accident happens. But drivers of eighteen wheelers are not the only ones to blame. Rather than trying to prevent their drivers from spending more time than they should behind the wheel, trucking companies are usually the ones that create the circumstances that prompt these drivers' greed by setting delivery schedules that cannot be met unless the truckers break the rules.

Moreover, given the increasingly larger size of these trucks, the accidents they cause keep getting deadlier....Consider that while the average length of a tractor-trailer in the sixties was about 40 feet, today they can be as long as 57 to 59 feet long. The reason why these trucks keep getting larger is because there is a demand from trucking and shipping companies. Their primary motivation is profit, which increases as they move more merchandise per truck. Consequently, as long as technology allows truck manufacturers to make bigger eighteen-wheelers, we will keep seeing larger trucks.

We Can Help

With more than 70 years of combined professional experience handling truck accident cases, the lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have seen how trucking companies overload their trucks, load them incorrectly and/or force their truckers to drive longer hours, all in the name of profit.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Truck Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have represented many clients involved in traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries. We recently represented a young lady that crashed her Honda Civic into the side of a tractor-trailer that made an improper U-turn in front of her on Okeechobee Road. The victim's car was destroyed and she had to be cut out of the vehicle by rescue personnel. The young lady suffered multiple catastrophic injuries, including a traumatic brain injury. For more details on this and other commercial truck accident cases handled by our firm over the years, please visit the Notable Cases section of our website.

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