Florida Trucking Accidents Caused By Truck Driver Negligence
Truck drivers’ negligence causes scores of trucking accidents within Broward County.
Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a study showing that drivers of large trucks are ten times more likely to cause a trucking accident than any other factor. Research has shown that over 40% of trucking accidents are caused by the driver using some form of drug, either prescription or over the counter meds.
Another fault made by the truck driver is speeding. While drivers of large trailers and commercial trucks may find it difficult to stop fast, size need not dominate safety and rules of the road. The driver must be alert at all times in order to predict and prevent sudden braking.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted an important study that identifies the deficiencies within the truck driver that are known to cause most major trucking accidents.
Truck Driver Deficiencies Causing Accidents
- Prescription Drugs-26%
- Driving too Fast-23%
- Unfamiliar with Roadway-22%
- Over the Counter Drugs-18%
- Inadequate Surveillance-14%
- Driver Fatigue-13%
- Illegal Maneuver-9%
- Exterior Distraction-8%
- Inadequate Evasive Action-7%
- Aggressive Driver Behavior-7%
Truck Driver Drug Use
Because truck driver misuse of prescription drugs is the leading cause of trucking accidents, it is vital to better understand this problem so safer measures can be taken to avoid hazards. Federal regulations mandate that truck drivers are not permitted to take any form of controlled substances without the supervision of a doctor who is aware of the implications on their driving. In fact, trucking companies are required to administer random drug alcohol tests of their drivers both before duty and following an accident. However, many truck drivers are known to take other meds which are able to mask the trace of drugs in their urine.
Poor Truck Maintenance
Trucking accidents are often caused by poor maintenance. While the driver may have been in command of the truck, the trucking company is responsible for proper maintenance. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a research study which revealed that over 32% of trucks have serious brake problems and 25% of the trucks have faulty lights and turn signals.
Serious injuries which result from trucking accidents generally include head injury, brain trauma, multiple fractures, spinal injuries, and death. If you have been involved in a trucking accident in South Florida, chances are you have sustained serious injuries from a life threatening experience. In a worst case scenario, you may have a friend or loved one who suffered wrongful death from a trucking accident that was caused by a negligent truck driver.
It is essential to speak with an experienced South Florida trucking accident attorney who has expert understanding of causes and liability. Individuals who have fallen victim to trucking accident often find it quite a daunting task to deal with large insurance companies. A skilled Broward County trucking accident attorney can help you prepare your paperwork to get the results you are looking for.
Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to find out what your legal rights are and how to receive help. Call: 954-807-1334 to meet with a skilled trucking accident attorney.