Large truck accidents are responsible for close to 4,000 deaths each year, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute. They result in an additional 100,000 injuries annually. Several factors are largely responsible for most truck accidents and these include inadequate driver training, improper maintenance, driver negligence, parts malfunctions, trucking company negligence, and more. One example of truck driver negligence is fatigue due to the long hours truck drivers spend on the road. This negligent behavior can also be the fault of the trucking company because trucking companies bear the responsibility of upholding public safety by ensuring drivers adhere to regulations and safe driving practices. The sheer number of fatalities and injuries each year is enough to confirm that commercial trucks pose a considerable threat to the public.
Proper Driver Training
A truck is classified as a large truck if it weighs over 10,000 pounds. Driving a vehicle of that size requires great responsibility and understanding as to the physics involved. However, according to the Federal Highway Administration, just a third of large truck drivers receive the training they need to when they obtain their commercial driver’s license or even after they are hired. To receive a commercial driver’s license or CDL, drivers must only pass standard tests requiring minimal skills. There are no requirements as to proper training. The Department of Transportation published a document known as the Proposed Minimum Standards for Training Tractor Trailer Drivers back in the 1980’s, but these standards are not mandatory and only small percentage of trucking companies offer adequate training to drivers.
One of the leading causes of truck accident is driver fatigue. Fatigue is thought to contribute to somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of truck accidents. While the federal hours of Service rules set maximum hours on how long a truck driver can remain on duty, but this has not alleviated the problem of truck driver fatigue. Truck drivers have been known to exceeded Hours of Service Regulations due to financial and workplace pressures. They may attempt to forge log books so that it appears they are in compliance. At times, trucking companies will knowingly allow employees to engage in such dangerous practices.
Large Truck Accidents Cost Lives and Tax Payer Dollars
In some 98 percent of all accidents between a large truck and a passenger vehicle, the fatalities were in the passenger vehicle. Truck accidents claim the lives of thousands of innocent driver and passengers annually and injure far more. These traumatic accidents cost the public over $83 billion in taxes each year. If you have been injured in a truck accident, consult with a licensed truck accident attorney early on in order to protect your legal rights.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano: Zealous Miami Truck Accident Attorneys
If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident or lost a loved one in a crash, the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano are here to help. We have over 130 collective years of experience representing truck accident victims across South Florida. We seek to obtain the best outcome possible for each of our injured clients, which will often include recovering for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our firm has received a coveted AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and the Miami Herald recognized us as a top firm in South Florida. Allow our exceptional attorneys to provide you with superior legal services in the South Florida area. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.