Florida Trucking Route I-4
Interstate 4 is by far one of the shorter interstates in the State of Florida, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t any less traveled by truckers. It stretches roughly 132 miles from East to West—from Interstate 275 in Tampa to Interstate 95 in Daytona Beach. Like other interstates in Florida, I-4 was first conceived and developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s. I-4 works well as a truck route to get across the state quickly, which also means that trucking accidents are common.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, you should seek the advice of a West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer. At Fetterman & Associates, we can help you get what you need to recover from what was likely a very serious accident.
I-4 – The “Dead Zone” or Local Legend?
Interestingly, there is one section of I-4 that is about halfway between Daytona and Orlando that is known as the “Dead Zone.” On this stretch of highway alone, there have been somewhere between 1,000 and 1,700 car accidents since the interstate was put into operation in the 1960s. This is staggering high for a section that is only about one-quarter of a mile long.
The accidents were likely caused by high traffic congestion in this area, but locals have surmised about the various reasons that this area may attract accidents more than others. One such story involves a family that passed away due to yellow fever in the late 1880s. The graves are actually located under one of the eastbound lanes of I-4 in Sanford.
The legend is that the family is upset that the government built a road over top of their gravesite, so strange accidents are often the result of their anger. Locals may also complain about bad cell phone reception in this area as well, blaming it on the local legend.
Of course, these legends likely have very little to do with the actual causes of trucking accidents, which may include:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver inattention
- Truck or tire malfunction (brake, steering, etc.)
- Failing to signal during lane changes
- Entering or exiting the interstate without speeding up or slowing down properly
Large Truck Accident Statistics
The U.S. Department of Transportation maintains a database of vehicle accidents that is updated on a regular basis. This helps the government determine where additional regulation or other legal action may be needed to help prevent or deter traffic accidents. Large trucks and busses are a frequent target of regulation and reform. It is easy to see why this is the case if you consider the following statistics from 2010.
- Large trucks and buses were involved in 3,733 fatal crashes across the United States.
- Passenger vehicle drivers and passengers are far more likely to be killed or injured than large truck or bus drivers themselves.
- There were 67,000 crashes that involved a large truck or a bus, of these roughly 57,000 crashes involved a large truck.
- There were 247,000 crashes that resulted in only property damage that involved a large truck or a bus.
- Approximately 80,000 people were injured in large truck crashes.
- There were over 10 million large trucks registered to drive on United States’ roads.
- Large trucks in multiple vehicle crashes (“pile ups”) caused 192 deaths.
- Large trucks in single vehicle crashes caused 337 deaths.
- Pedestrians and cyclists killed by large trucks totaled 356 in 2010.
- Combination trucks are far more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than single unit trucks.
If You Have Been Involved in a Trucking Accident, You Need a West Palm Beach Truck Accident Lawyer
Call an experienced West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer. Trucking accidents result in unique liability issues that often do not come up in passenger car accidents. For example, you may have to deal with more than one insurance company, or address regulations for truck drivers that would not apply to passenger car vehicles.
The truck accident attorneys at Fetterman & Associates can help. We can answer all of your trucking accident liability questions. Call 561-316-2746 for more information or to schedule a free case evaluation.