While every Florida driver must obey all traffic laws and safety regulations, unexpected circumstances may place a motorist in a position where he or she is unable to avoid a collision. A truck accident took place on a recent Wednesday that transformed what one man said was an otherwise uneventful trip into a disaster. He later said he had gripped the steering wheel as tightly as he could and braced himself because he thought a tractor-trailer was going to hit him.
Every person who lives in Florida knows that motor vehicle accidents can and do happen every day. Fortunately, a good number of crashes tend to be minor and not result in harm to people, but many others leave motorists, pedestrians, passengers, and more injured. Some accidents are the cause of death to others. Large commercial vehicles, like semi-trucks, pose specific risks due to their large size and weight.
If you are like many people in Florida, when you come up next to a semi-truck or another very large commercial vehicle in your standard passenger vehicle, you can feel a bit nervous. The thought of being in an accident involving one of these big rigs can make people realize why these crashes often end in such tragedy. Their size alone is a huge contributor to this reality. The need for truck drivers to operate their vehicles safely cannot be understated.
When you are involved in a truck accident where a trucker is speeding, the easy thing to do may be to immediately assume such a driver to be reckless and indifferent towards the safety of others. Yet is that really the case? Truck drivers know their vehicles better than most, and thus should also understand the dangers inherent with driving them at high speeds. Understanding this, you might be prompted to then ask why they would speed? Many in your same situation have come to us here at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles with the same question.
A collision with a semi-truck in West Palm Beach will likely leave you facing inordinate expenses either from medical bills or vehicle repair costs (or a combination of both). Oftentimes, those expenses may be more than insurance payouts can cover, leaving you with little choice but to seek compensation. Many in your same position have come to us here at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles questioning who assumes liability in such a case: the truck driver who caused the accident, or the company that employed them?
For commercial truck drivers in Florida, fatigue has long been an identified risk and safety hazard. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration instituted what it calls its Hours of Service rule to tackle trucker fatigue and improve safety. Essentially, the Hours of Service rule places limits on how many hours in a day or work week a trucker may work or drive. It also outlines provisions for when rest breaks must be taken and for how long those rest periods must last.
While today’s truck drivers play a critical role in the commerce system across Florida and the United States, many of them also pose a threat to the motoring public because of their admitted substance abuse. The results of numerous studies reveal that a significant percentage of commercial truck drivers are taking unnecessary and dangerous risks while driving their trucks, and they are endangering you, your loved ones and everyone else on the roadways in doing so.
During rush hour there, may be hundreds of cars around you, all desperate to get home after a long work day. You have enough to worry about with them, but perhaps even more important than other cars are the large trucks that share the road with you.
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Oftentimes, when a truck accident happens in the West Palm Beach area, it is because the truck driver or trucking company broke one or more of the many state and federal regulations that truckers must follow.