Trucks play a vital role in the supply chain in Florida and throughout the United States. They transport many of the items people purchase at stores, bring supplies to manufacturing plants and construction projects, bring food to grocery stores and restaurants and transport other items as well. In order to be effective at doing this, they need to be much larger than most of the other vehicles on the road, which can also make them very dangerous if they are involved in a truck accident.
When trucks are involved in accidents with other vehicles, it is usually the other vehicles that sustain the majority of the damage and the other drivers who suffer the more severe injuries. There are many different reasons that truck accidents occur and it is important that truck drivers avoid the actions that lead to them.
Common ways truck drivers cause truck accidents
Some of the most common reasons for truck accidents are:
- Driving too fast for the conditions
- Following too close to other vehicles
- Misjudging the speed of other vehicles
- Being inattentive or distracted
- Fatigue and falling asleep
- Medical emergencies for the driver or other physical impairments
- Reacting poorly to changes in conditions and overcompensating
- Cargo shifting in truck
- Brake problems
- Tire blowouts and other issues
Many of these accidents can be prevented by the drivers though. They need to pay attention, get enough rest before driving, abstain from alcohol and drugs, inspect their trucks before every trip and follow the various rules for truck drivers. When they fail to do this and cause a truck accident, they may be liable for the damages caused to other drivers.
Unfortunately, there are many truck accidents in Florida each year. The victims of the accidents can suffer severe injuries, which can completely change their lives. They can also result in significant medical treatment for the victim, which can be very costly as they recover from the injuries. It is important that the victims receive the compensation they need and deserve as these accidents can be costly both physically and financially. Experienced attorneys understand the importance of this compensation and may be able to help one become whole after the accident.