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Study shows increased truck crashes on I-75 in Florida

Large highways are made safe by attentive drivers exercising courtesy and practicing good judgement. New highway construction and sources of traffic have brought more semis and heavy trucks into Florida than ever before, and the risk of collisions has come with them.

A new study says that motor vehicle collisions, especially major wrecks, have become a common occurrence on stretches of the I-75 highway in three counties in central Florida. Significant travel delays are nearly inevitable, while injuries and deaths are unfortunately common.

Rising trend

This trend has risen along with heavy truck traffic in the same region. Collisions involving semis and other heavy trucks nearly doubled from 171 in the year 2011 to 331 in the year 2015. At least eleven died in these accidents.

Truck volume at the northern Florida border now averages more than 10,000 vehicles per day, out of a total of more than 38,000 motor vehicles per day. High traffic has led to a rise in total accidents on this section of I-75, from 935 in 2011 to 1538 in 2015.

Sobering statistics

Driver and passenger safety around semis has increased greatly since 1975 but more recent trends are dangerous. More than 3,800 people died in crashes involving large trucks throughout the United States in 2015, the most since 2008 while still below 1975 statistics.

Local Floridians attribute the increase to distractive driving, especially with more smartphone use, and obstructed views in highly packed vehicles. This sort of negligence can result in liability on vehicle owners and/or operators for reimbursement for medical expenses and compensation for pain and suffering during recovery.

Source: The Gainesville Sun, "Data: Heavy-truck crashes skyrocket on I-75," Cindy Swirko, Fred Hiers and Jim Ross, July 18, 2017

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