Every year the number of accidents involving large trucks keeps increasing. Since the year 2000, the number of truck accidents has increased by 20%. The Department of Transportation reported that last year alone there were more than one million people involved in accidents with big trucks and that 25% of those accidents resulted in serious injuries and that almost 5,000 of those accidents were fatal. The most common factors that lead to these types of accidents are: (1) Mechanical failure; (2) Truck driver fatigue (falling asleep at the wheel); (3) Negligent driving on behalf of the truck driver; (4) inexperienced truck drivers; and (5) driving schools failure to adequately provide proper training and to properly evaluate the performance of a student truck driver.
There are unique laws and regulations that are designed specifically to protect motorists from the negligent actions of truck drivers and trucking companies. Federal and state regulations require truckers to have adequate rest to prevent driver fatigue on the highway. There are also other specific rules for trucks including proper loading of the materials the truck is carrying and safety rules on traveling speeds and safety when passing other vehicles. Many modern trucks have devices that allow for the reconstruction of trucker’s actions just before an impact and all truckers are required to keep logs of their time.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident where a truck is involved, let our Truck Accident Personal Injury Attorneys in Davie/Cooper City protect and defend your rights. Call us now for a free consultation. We are fully bilingual and will meet you at your home, hospital, or our office. We can even meet with you on weekends or evenings. Attorney Diana Castrillon of Cecere, Santana, P.A. will fight diligently to protect your rights so that your only focus is on getting better.
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