The Dangers of Trucking Accidents
Trucking accidents, that is accidents involving semi-trucks or tractor-trailers weighing 10,000 pounds or more, occur roughly 500,000 times per year on U.S. roads and highways. About 5,000 of these accidents result in fatalities and an astounding 98% of these fatalities are to individuals in a passenger car. A tractor-trailer carrying a full load can weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds while an average passenger car weighs roughly 3,000 pounds. Thus, a passenger car is no match for a truck in a collision. This is why the driver of the passenger vehicle is almost always the more seriously injured party in a wreck involving a truck and passenger vehicle.
From a physics standpoint, the large size and weight of trucks impact how quickly they can accelerate, brake and maneuver. These factors are critical when it comes to avoiding accidents on the road. Trucking companies aim to be as efficient as possible and this is why, for example, drivers are incentivized based on the number of miles they drive. The problem this creates is that drivers of commercial trucks often exceed safe speeds. This is particularly dangerous when it comes to large trucks having to come to a stop in order to avoid an accident at a high speed.
The large size of trucks also causes danger for passenger vehicles because of blind spots. Blind spots are large areas on either side of the truck where it is difficult or impossible for the driver to see other vehicles in the vicinity. A simple lane change by a large truck that fails to spot a passenger vehicle can cause a devastating accident that is much more likely to harm the individual in passenger vehicle.
Due to their sheer size and weight, these big rigs can cause extremely severe injuries to the passengers of other vehicles when an accident occurs. These injuries include spinal cord damage, paralysis, traumatic brain injury, loss of limbs, organ trauma and neck or back injury. Furthermore, auto accidents with trucks, tractor-trailers, and semis are ten times more likely to result in death than a crash with another car. If a loved one of yours has tragically lost their life in an accident with a truck, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
For those who survive a trucking accident, the results can often be devastating with serious injury and the potential for permanent disability. Not only is the victim of the accident tasked with overcoming a severe injury, but they could be faced with overwhelming medical costs for ongoing treatment and long-term care. Luckily, just like regular drivers, operators of commercial trucks must carry a minimum amount of insurance coverage as dictated by federal regulations. Furthermore, given the inherent danger of large trucks, they are rightly held to higher minimum insurance coverage requirement. If the commercial vehicle is transporting nonhazardous property, then the minimum coverage begins at $750,000. From there coverage increases up a sliding scale, proportional to the level of danger presented by the hazardous material transported, maxing out $5,000,000.
If you or someone you know was injured in a trucking accident you’ll probably be left with many unanswered questions in addition to dealing with a potentially serious injury. Let the knowledgeable truck accident attorneys at Dolman Law Group assist you. Our experienced attorneys can help you determine what your rights you have and what compensation you may be entitled to. Please call 727-451-6900. To read more about the Florida Trucking Accident Attorneys, read about our firm at http://www.dolmanlaw.com/practice-area/truck-accident/Google+