Across the country, Florida is not the only state that has a large number of commercial vehicles sharing the road with passenger cars. In fact, much of the state’s commerce is brought in via commercial vehicles on the interstate. When a commercial vehicle is driven carelessly, it can become a major safety hazard for those sharing the road.
There are a variety of reasons for truck accidents in Florida, but there are some causes that tend to be more common than others.
One of the leading causes of truck accidents is due to careless driving on behalf of the truck driver. This can include the driver eating or drinking while driving, playing with their radio, or doing anything else that takes their eyes away from the road.
Failing to Yield
Another cause of truck accidents is when semi-trucks fails to yield to passenger vehicles that are coming on or off highways. They may also ignore vehicles as they are changing lanes or moving through the intersection. Larger trucks need more space in order to maneuver, but drivers may fail to appreciate the distance required to drive safely with other vehicles.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of drivers who are held to outrageous schedules and required to meet demands that are only possible if they limit the amount of time they sleep. This often results in extreme drowsiness, which means the driver could accidentally fall asleep at the wheel, or at least have delayed reaction times. Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunken driving – and a leading cause of fatal truck accidents in the state, as well as throughout the rest of the country.
It is easy for a truck driver to become distracted while operating a large commercial vehicle. Sometimes the driver may be talking on a cell phone, adjusting their navigation, playing with the radio, or even reading and sending text messages. Any time a truck driver’s eyes or cognitive abilities are removed from the road, they pose a danger to the rest of the public.
Trucks are supposed to be well-maintained and safe though that doesn’t mean all commercial fleets follow such practices. There are numerous instances where a semi-truck will cause an accident due to malfunctioning brakes, poor windshield wipers, or other fatal maintenance errors that are easily prevented just by frequently checking the vehicle.
Injured in an Accident with a Semi-Truck? Contact an Attorney
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident on Florida roads or the interstate with a semi-truck, contact the attorneys at Hancock Injury Attorneys. We are here to work as your advocates and ensure that the reckless driver or their employer is held accountable for their actions. Call us today to schedule a free consultation at 813-602-7849, or fill out an online contact form.