Semi-Truck Crash Trends in Florida
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, between the years 2004 – 2014, the state of Florida experienced a downtrend in accidents involving semi-trucks. Fatal crashes involving large trucks dropped to 168 in 2014 from 322 in 2004. While the number for injuries is higher, that decreased as well throughout the years. The downtrend in fatal crashes is not particularly unique to Florida and many other states decreased in fatal crashes as well, with only a few increasing, most notably in Texas. However, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, despite the growth in population since 1975, the rate of crash deaths declined nationwide.
Although Florida’s number declined throughout the years, the state still has a higher fatal crash rate than most other states, likely due to its rural landscape. According to the FMCSA, Approximately 61 percent of fatal crashes across the United States involving large trucks occurred on rural roads. Given that the state is primarily composed of rural areas, this explains its higher crash rates compared to other states with a large concentration of urban regions.
At Vanguard Attorneys, we handle a wide range of cases and have over 50 years of collective experience in many areas, including accidents involving trucks. Some of the most common causes of semi-truck accidents in Florida occur when a truck driver is operating under the influence, sleep deprived, speeding, or even due to poor truck maintenance. Such accidents lead to tragic results, but justice is achievable and they can be held accountable. With our legal team of seasoned trial lawyers, we can help secure compensation needed to aid your recovery, so you can focus on your health while we take care of the paperwork.
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