Safety on the Roads: Trucking Laws
Did you know that one of the top reasons for trucking accidents in Florida is due to driver error? Long-distance trucking in the United States is a huge industry, which means the accidents and safety concerns surrounding these accidents are also huge…
Here are some of the common causes of trucking accidents in the state of Florida:
- Fatigued Driving – Drivers are pushed to make deliveries on tight and strict deadlines, forcing them to drive sometimes more than 12 hours per day! This level of driver fatigue can cause a driver to veer off the road or into another vehicle, causing an accident.
- Poor Road Conditions – A driver who has been on the road awhile and in bad weather may not respond as quickly or be as attentive to poor or hazardous weather conditions. For example, if another vehicle cuts in front of a truck or makes a last minute road, a trucker who has been driving for 12 hours may not react as quickly or may lose control in heavy rain.
- Overloading – Many trucking companies are under such pressure to make deliveries that they often over stock trucks with cargo or push the boundaries of the legal size and weight limits. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, commercial semitrailer trucks should not exceed 80,000 lbs, which also includes the weight of a standard 5-axle trailer, on the national highway system. This goes for Florida, too.
- Improper Maintenance – Again, because the trucking industry is pushed sometimes beyond its limits and resources, this often means that trucks and trailers aren’t always properly maintained.
Deliveries mean compromising business. Therefore, trucking companies push drivers to make deliveries often times beyond limits, which result in “bending” the rules…and causing accidents.
The trucking industry is a struggling industry for sure. There are many federal policies and guidelines in place to keep prevent accidents and keep truckers and our roadways safe in America. But many trucking companies “bend” these rules and guidelines more often than not.
If you were involved in a truck accident in Florida, then you likely have a personal injury claim. Contact the truck accident team at Fetterman & Associates and find out how we can help. We have years of experience serving clients who have been involved in trucking accidents, and we follow the industry closely.
Contact the team of truck accident attorneys at Fetterman & Associates today to discuss your case and to schedule a free case evaluation.