A serious crash involving a semi-truck in the Oakland Park area of Miami caused Interstate 95 to be partially shut down for several hours, according to reports. While it is unclear if there were serious injuries, the crash, which occurred just south of Commercial Boulevard, involved two vehicles, one semi-truck and the other a passenger car. Rescue crews were also said to be dealing with a fuel leak which was contained some time after the accident.
The Facts About Semi-Truck Accidents
Semi trucks are a common sight, particularly on major interstates and highways. These vehicles are some of the biggest and heaviest on the road. Fully loaded, a semi can easily weigh 80,000 pounds, more than 20 times as much as the average passenger sedan. This means that in any crash involving a truck and a passenger vehicle, the truck will produce a much greater amount of force. This fact is evidenced by the statistics regarding semi truck accidents.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 123,918 large trucks and 13,263 buses were involved in non-fatal crashes in 2008, while 49,084 large trucks and 7,123 buses were involved in injury crashes and 2,609 large trucks and 11 buses were involved in hazmat crashes.
However, the overall number of truck accidents is much lower than overall car accidents. The real problem with semi trucks is the high frequency of fatal and injury crashes for passenger vehicle occupants. The occupant of a passenger car is much more likely to die or be injured in a crash with a semi truck than in a crash with another car. According to statistics, in 2011 there were 3,757 motor vehicle traffic fatalities involving large trucks. Of those killed in these accidents, 72% were occupants of other vehicles and 17% were occupants of large trucks. This means that there were nearly five times as many people killed in these accidents who were occupants of passenger vehicles as the drivers or occupants of the trucks that hit them.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured in a Truck Accident?
If you are injured in an accident involving a commercial truck driver, you will likely face a long road to recovering compensation. Truck drivers may be independent contractors or employed by a company; either way, the liability issues surrounding your accident may be complicated.
Further, you may have to show that the driver was violating state or federal laws regarding the operation of a large truck. This is difficult to do without a thorough knowledge of the system.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact a semi-truck accident attorneys at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami immediately.