The Dangers of Truck Drivers With Serious Health Conditions

Because of the massive size and weight of semi-trucks, truck accidents are among the most dangerous accidents on our roadways. Truck accidents typically wreak immense physical, financial, and emotional damages. Florida is a busy state, and commercial trucks swarm our highways and byways. When a truck accident is caused by a trucker’s poor health, it…

Dangerous Trends in the Commercial Truck Industry

After hitting an all-time low in 2009, the number of trucking accidents has managed to climb again. In 2015, the last year for which complete statistics are available, the number of trucking accident rose 8% to 4,311. This represented a 26% increase from the low in 2009. This worrying trend should be cause for concern…

The Importance of Regular Truck Maintenance

Few vehicles on the road log more hours, and in turn endure more wear-and-tear, than those used for commercial trucking. Like a body is generally the key to an athlete’s success, the function and durability of a large truck itself is the key to the industry. For this reason alone it would make sense that…

What Is the ELD Mandate Deadline?

The trucking industry uses ELDs, or electronic logging devices, to “improve safety by ensuring strict compliance with hours-of-service requirements.” The use of electronic logging devices in the trucking industry may reduce the large truck crash rate by about 12 percent and reduce hours-of-service violations by 50 percent compared to paper logs, federal data show. Accordingly,…

Small Commercial Vehicles Can Cause Serious Injuries, Too

Accidents involving large commercial big rigs often receive extensive media coverage due to their severity. Large, heavy vehicles can cause serious property damage and life-threatening (or even fatal) injuries. But small commercial vehicles can also cause serious damage, and endanger the lives of all drivers and passengers involved in the collision. If a commercial vehicle…

8 Myths about Florida Truck Accident Cases

The State of Florida, with its myriad of busy roads and interstates, is a common place for truck accidents. Truckers drive these busy roads on a daily basis – often at very high speeds. When truckers operate their trucks and tractor trailers in a negligent or careless manner and violate Florida traffic laws or motor…

HAZMAT Truck Accidents

Transporting hazardous chemicals and other hazardous materials is one of the most dangerous aspects of today’s trucking industry. Hazardous materials are commonly transported on tractor–trailer trucks and other vehicles on highways across America. For safety reasons, government agencies have set up some very strict regulations and guidelines for transporting these hazardous chemicals and materials on…

Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents

Garbage trucks are deployed on a daily basis throughout Florida cities and onto Florida streets in various communities. Garbage truck drivers are oftentimes very focused on their jobs and, unfortunately, are less focused on safe and careful driving and operation of their trucks. Because garbage trucks service so many different areas of the community, careless…

Avoiding Truck Accidents 101: How to Drive Safely Around Large Trucks

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 40,882 commercial vehicle crashes recorded in the state in the year 2016, with many of these crashes involving large trucks and resulting in tragic injuries or fatalities. In 2017, there have already been 3,358 commercial vehicle crashes in Florida, and more than…

Drinking and Driving With a Commercial Vehicle: A Dangerous Combination

Like every state, Florida has certain provisions that are in place that ban drinking and driving for all drivers. Generally speaking, if any driver has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher, there is a legal presumption that the driver was driving while intoxicated. Even with a lower BAC, drivers can still…

Risks of Truck Driving at Night

Driving trucks is one of America’s more dangerous professions. Commercial drivers travel across the country while hauling goods from one location to the next. Many drivers often face drives that may require many hours and long distances on the road to make even a single delivery. This may require drivers to continue driving well into…

Trucking Company Liability for Dangerous Drivers

Drivers often cringe at the sight of a semi-truck sharing the roadway with them. They can be up to fourteen feet high and weigh up to 35,000 pounds unloaded. Fully loaded, they can be up to 80,000 pounds with a fuel tank that can hold anywhere from 100 to 300 gallons. Combine those facts with…