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Top 5 Causes of Florida Trucking Accidents

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, trucking accidents have increased by 20 percent in the past 20 years. The fact is, while trucking is a multi-billing dollar industry, it also causes severe safety and health risks, as well as injuries and death to a large number of people throughout the U.S. When involved in a crash, trucks usually cause much more harm and damage than a traditional automobile accident. This is due to trucks being 20 times the weight and size of the majority of other vehicles on the road.

Types of Truck Accident Cases

Even though each case is unique, the causes for the majority of trucking accidents in Florida fall into five categories. Keep in mind, if you are involved in an accident, you need to contact a trucking accident in Florida for help recovering compensation.

#1 Driver Error

Driver error is 10 times more likely to be the result of a trucking accident than any other cause. Factors such as substance abuse, distractions, inattention, and driver fatigue are the most common reasons for driver error. Any of these factors may lead to unnecessary risk and the inability for drivers to react to the dangers on the roadways. As a result, an accident occurs.

#2 Truck Equipment Failure

Another common reason for trucking accidents in Florida is equipment failure. This can include manufacturing and design errors, such as no reverse-detection warning device and defective tires. Also, equipment failures include mechanical issues such as tires or brakes on the truck that are not properly maintained.

#3 Weather Conditions

Adverse and severe weather conditions have a huge impact on big truck safety. Due to the extreme weight of trucks, as well as their loads, the amount of room needed to brake effectively is often increased when the weather is bad. The fact is, large trucks are unable to be steered as easily or stop as quickly as regular passenger vehicles. In many cases, truck drivers don't think about these limitations when the weather is bad.

#4 Improper Loading

When a truck's load is not safely distributed or configured on the trailer, the load may result in the truck malfunctioning when moving. One common type of improper loading causes an unbalanced load, which results in the truck tipping over when it should remain upright.

#5 Not Exercising Care when Choosing a Driver or Trucking Company

More and more trucking accidents are resulting from not carefully selecting trucking companies and drivers to haul loads across the country. Even though this is a growing cause of trucking accidents, many shippers don't take the time to carefully pick the company or driver used.

If a person is involved in a trucking accident in Miami, Florida, they need to contact a trucking accident attorney in Miami, Florida right away. Attorneys understand how to gather evidence and prove who is liable for the situation.

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