Big Rig Accident
This article summarizes disturbing Tampa truck accident statistics, explores the fundamental and secondary reasons for these on-road disasters, and provides a plausible, easy, and efficient way for victims (or family members of victims) of catastrophic motor vehicle crashes to get repaid for medical expenses, wages lost, and other costs and to generally seek justice for wrongs done.
A Closer Look at Tampa Truck Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined that the Sunshine State has the 3rd worst record for highway fatalities in the US. Only Texas and California see more fatal accidents. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) found in 2004 that nearly 5,000 fatal large truck accidents occurred, racking up 5,190 fatalities across the country. Large trucks were involved in over 134,000 non-fatal crashes.
Common Reasons for Truck Accidents
- Driver Fatigue – The National Truck Safety Agency in 2005 revised a rule to allow semi-truck drivers to operate their vehicles for a full 11 hours a day and work 14 hours a day. That is astounding laxity, considering that driver fatigue has long been tethered to greater risk of injury accidents and fatalities.
- “Hours of Service” Violations – Some truckers tack on extra hours outside of what’s allowed to make more money. They can violate even the relatively lax rules allowed by law. A good Tampa personal injury lawyer can investigate a crash to determine whether a driver violated his or her hours of service restrictions by examining the driver’s logs, electronic onboard recorders, bills of lading, cell phone records, and even gas and oil receipts.
- Driver Distractibility – Most people know that a trucker who drives under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications will be less able to concentrate and more likely to get into collisions. But another menace has reared its head in the past 10 years – cell phone use – particularly texting while driving. This can distract drivers nearly as much as (or potentially even more than) driving DUI or while overmedicated.
- Mechanical Errors – Brake failures, problems with the accelerator pedal, locked up steering, unsecured cargo, and over-worn tires can all set the stage for serious injury accidents on Tampa highways and byways.
What You Can Do – Right Now
The attorneys at Farah & Farah can provide a free, no nonsense, and clear and confidential consultation regarding your Tampa truck accident right now. Call the team directly at 855-797-9899, or send an email explaining your matter via farahandfarah.com. Fight for your rights – and your due compensation – by getting exceptional legal representation.