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The Leading Causes of Crashes

The Leading Causes of Truck Crashes

Anyone who spends time on the roads in Florida understands that large trucks are a constant in traffic, in cities and on the highways. The trucking industry is always moving, even in a down economy. Unfortunately, large trucks face a difficult task in navigating through traffic conditions, and as a result Florida trucking accidents occur at an alarming rate. Below is a look at the leading causes of Florida trucking accidents as well as information regarding how you should proceed if you need the help of a Florida trucking accident lawyer.

Careless Driving

As difficult as it must be to imagine, careless driving is the leading cause of Florida trucking accidents. Many different mistakes will fall under this heading, but common actions that constitute careless driving include talking on phones or CB radios, adjusting the radio, eating, drinking or anything else that takes a driver’s attention off the road. In 2008, 13,680 Florida trucking accidents were attributed to careless driving.

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Failure to Yield the Right-of-Way

Truck drivers are highly trained and generally highly skilled, which makes it surprising to learn that failure to yield the right-of-way to other vehicles is the second leading cause of Florida trucking accidents. These situations arise often, and include merging onto highways, changing lanes and dealing with intersections. Overall, 2008 saw almost 5,000 Florida trucking accidents attributed to this mistake.

Alcohol

It seems completely infeasible that alcohol would be a problem with professional truck drivers, but according to the Florida trucking accident statistics from 2008, alcohol is as much of a problem for truckers as it is for everyone else. Overall, more than 1,800 Florida trucking accidents were recorded with alcohol as a factor, and these situations clearly necessitate the help of an experienced Florida trucking accident lawyer .

Following Too Closely

Trucks are enormous vehicles, and basic physics means that these vehicles need more time and distance to slow down and to avoid vehicles in front of them. However, following too closely was the third leading cause of Florida trucking accidents in 2008, as this mistake was responsible for 1,343 collisions.

Overall, there are strange similarities between the leading causes of Florida trucking accidents and Florida auto accidents overall. If you or someone you love has been harmed in such an accident, you need the help of Florida trucking accident lawyers who have years of experience in holding truck drivers and trucking companies accountable. Contact Bernstein & Maryanoff today to schedule a free initial consultation.