Large truck accidents and accidents involving commercial trucks and semis are on the rise in Florida. In a single year there were 4,300 large truck accidents in Florida alone, with 32,000 in the nation overall. This is an increase of about 3 percent, but in one year that is a significant difference.
Truck accidents are becoming more common for a number of reasons. The most common causes of truck accidents are fatigue, alcohol impairment, and speed according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. While these causes are primarily the fault of the driver, the company that they drive for may also be contributing to the accident by placing unreasonable demands on the driver.
Many truck accidents are also caused by brake problems, congested roadways, poor roadways, and unfamiliarity with roadways. Truck companies are responsible for maintaining their trucks and training their drivers. They are also responsible for hiring experienced drivers who are familiar with Florida highways.
Because of the higher rate of truck accidents, and the fact that some accidents are related to the company rather than or in addition to the driver, courts are beginning to penalize truck drivers and companies for big truck accidents that could have been avoidable. Some truckers who have killed people in an auto accident are even being charged criminally.
So what does all of this mean for your truck accident case? Basically, the courts are on your side. While civil cases are usually more about compensatory damages rather than punitive, the fact remains that paying for these cases is a deterrent to other truck drivers. It is also conducive to getting trucking companies to instill better policies into their culture.
If you have been in a truck accident, don’t wait to get legal representation. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your free consultation.