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New Study Says Trucks Carrying Nothing Actually at Higher Risk of Being Involved in an Accident

The sheer weight as well as the size of a commercial truck can lead to devastating injuries and fatalities in the event that an accident happens.

What you may not realize, however, is that a new study shows that those trucks carrying nothing are actually at higher risk of being involved in an accident.

Trucks with heavy load can of course yield multiple repercussions in a severe accident if their load spills or if it contains hazardous materials, but drivers may simply be more comfortable at carrying these heavy loads.

Drivers who have an empty load on their truck are more than twice as likely to crash than those carrying freight. This project is as a result of an Australian study which identified that drivers who had emptied their freight relatively recently were at a much higher risk of being involved in a crash.

There are multiple factors that can be put to blame for these accidents but it is victims who will most often pay the price in the form of significant and irreparable injuries.If you or someone you know was recently been injured in a trucking accident as a result of a driver's negligence, or other situations in which the liability sits with someone else, you may be eligible to recover compensation by consulting with an experienced attorney.

Recovering compensation from a trucking accident may be the only way for you to prepare your life and to begin focusing on the recovery so that you can move on from this unfortunate incident. Sadly, all too many victims in trucking accidents are never really able to move on because the pain and problems associated with the injuries will last for many years to come. While there are new developments in medical treatments every single day, it can be problematic to adjust to a life after a severe trucking accident.

One of the biggest challenges for drivers with an empty load on commercial truck has to do with handling. The sway associated with an empty load can heighten the risk of a rollover crash. Other drivers may simply be inexperienced at handling empty vehicles. Those individuals who spend more than 50% of their trip driving between 12 A.M. and 6 o'clock in the morning faced a 4 times higher crash risk.

Scheduling and reducing fatigue for this reason can also contribute to a higher accident likelihood. Although laws require drivers to have typical breaks in the United States, these laws may not be the only way to prevent critical accidents and injuries.

If you or someone you know has recently been injured in a severe accident involving a commercial truck, you may have injuries including lacerations, internal bleeding, broken bones, fractures, traumatic brain injuries, shoulder injuries and neck problems. Any combination of these injuries can make it impossible for you to return to work.

Watching the medical bills grow as you have to take additional time to receive treatment and get information about your conditions can be overwhelming. During this time, you need insight from an experienced attorney who understands the trucking accident landscape. Holding relevant parties accountable may be the only way for you to recover compensation in a successful claim. It is strongly recommended that you hire someone sooner rather than later.

Do not wait to reach out to someone who can help you figure out whether or not the truck driver, the manufacturer of parts on the truck or the employer of the truck driver could be held liable in a personal injury claim.

Contact An Expert Florida Truck Accident Attorney

You may need this compensation in order to pay your medical bills so that you can get relevant treatments immediately and move on with your life. Someone should be held accountable for negligent actions on the road.

Truck drivers should be experienced at handling any type of load behind them but given this new study that shows that empty load can put you at high risk of an accident, you need to certainly consult with an expert truck accident attorney in Miami, Florida.

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