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Commercial vehicle accidents cause physical and financial damage

As any resident of Florida can tell you, the streets and highways of this state are heavily travelled. Florida is the third largest state by population, and boasts numerous shipping ports, making it a key location for commercial vehicle traffic. There are more than 3.5 million interstate truck drivers registered in the United States, and a myriad of them travel in and out of Florida on a regular basis.

What does all this mean? It means large trucks are out on Florida roads in significant quantities. And, the more trucks there are, the more likely an accident involving a truck and a private vehicle becomes.

Truck accidents cost billions of dollars annually

Statistically speaking, the number of fatal accidents and accidents causing injury involving commercial vehicles is low, relative to the total number of vehicle accidents in the United States.

Nevertheless, more than 3,700 people were killed in accidents with commercial vehicles in the United States in 2011. An additional 88,000 were injured. Looking at dollars and cents, the cost of all commercial vehicle crashes in 2011 was $87 billion.

There are many causes of commercial vehicle accidents

It's not difficult to understand why so many crashes end up causing one or more fatalities. Most commercial trucks are very large, and the majority of private vehicles are no match for them. There are numerous potential accident triggers for large trucks, including:

  • Inability to stop quickly
  • Driving in blind spot
  • Dropped loads
  • Unsafe vehicle
  • Distracted/impaired/fatigued drivers

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of commercial vehicle accidents. Though there are strict regulations regarding the use of communication devices for truck drivers, violations do occur.

Unsafe trucks are also of great concern. Florida Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers inspected 110,000 vehicles in 2011, of which 14,000 were taken out of service due to safety violations. That's a fail rate of nearly 13 percent.

You have a lot to lose in an accident with a truck

All accidents involving commercial vehicles have the potential to cause severe injuries and even death. But there are also financial damages to consider. Possible expenses stemming from an accident with a truck include:

  • Hospital bills
  • Therapy
  • Medication
  • Vehicle repairs
  • Property damage
  • Time missed from work

Large companies and insurance agencies can be difficult for the average person to win a legal battle against. Many accident victims end up taking unfair settlement offers, or end up with nothing because they are unable to fight back.

If you or a family member has been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, speaking with a lawyer could be an important step toward gaining peace of mind during a daunting situation. A lawyer experienced with personal injury cases in Florida might be the key to the compensation you need to get your life back on track.

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