Some people in Florida may think that truck accidents occur mainly on busy streets and highways in major metropolitan areas. However, truck accidents can take place anywhere at any time, as one recent crash shows.
Florida residents must share the road with large trucks every day, but this is not always an easy task. After all, it seems like every day there is a news report of a person injured or killed in an accident with a large truck. Motorists may wonder, then, if there is any way to make large trucks safer.
The trucking industry is an important part of commerce in Florida and nationwide. Semi-trucks crisscross our streets and highways, transporting goods for sale or industry. However, while trucking is often a necessary component of doing business, it can be dangerous. Truck drivers may be monetarily incentivized to make as many deliveries as quickly as possible. This could lead to them putting long hours on the road. While the federal government has regulations that dictate when truckers must take a rest break, these often go ignored. Hence, truck driver fatigue can be a component in an accident that injures or kills another driver.
Drivers of semi-trucks in Florida are duty bound to drive with due care, and this means making sure they are properly trained to handle their vehicles, that they obey traffic laws and that they don't speed. Unfortunately, truck drivers are often incentivized by their employer to make as many deliveries as they can as quickly as possible. This often leads to truck accidents, which can be catastrophic events.
Large trucks have a constant presence on the roadways. While motorists are used to traveling next to semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks, this does not make it any easier. While large commercial trucks play a valuable role in society transporting goods throughout the nation, these vehicles are operated by drivers that are often required to travel long distances. Even when properly trained and educated about the rules of the road and how to safely maneuver and operate a large truck, this does not prevent all truck crashes from occurring.
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As people in Florida head out on their family road trips this summer, they will surely find themselves in the company of semi-trucks on the highways. These massive vehicles take a good deal of training to handle. Moreover, their large size means that due to sheer physics, any accident involving a semi-truck has the potential to be catastrophic. It is important, then, that semi-truck drivers stay as safe as possible while behind the wheel.
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Every year, state and federal regulators and safety organizations do what they can to improve the culture of the trucking industry and minimize accidents. Some of the most visible efforts are those conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. They conduct special inspections at sites around the country at different times. One occurred this week.