Boca Raton Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Crashes Caused by Truck Driver Error
Fighting for the rights of clients injured in truck crashes throughout South Florida
Large trucks are an integral part of keeping the economy moving and thriving but their intimidating size makes it challenging to share the roadways with passenger vehicles. Because tractor trailers are so big and heavy, their drivers must exercise the utmost caution when they are driving at highway speeds. But, truck drivers are humans and human beings make mistakes – unfortunately sometimes with deadly consequences. Driving drunk, drugged or drowsy, when a truck driver gets behind the wheel and she or he is impaired by any of these, the results can be disastrous.
At the Yeboah Law Group, we understand the confusion and devastation that can come from recovering from a serious accident and dealing with the aftermath. We are here to determine who is at fault in the crash and hold them responsible for your injuries and losses.
Distracted driving in Florida
A survey from EverQuote, a transportation research firm analyzed National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, and the Fatality Analysis Report System (FARS) data to determine fatality rates based on highway lengths. They found that three of the most dangerous highways in the U.S. run through Florida–I-4, I-95 and I-10.
Distracted driving fatalities increased nationwide by about 8.8% in 2015, and for the first half of 2016 traffic fatalities were up 10.4% as compared to the same time the year before. The study also found that Florida drivers use their mobile phones on average 1.4 phone uses per trip, and Floridians rank 2nd worst on a national level for phone use while driving. It appears that Florida faces a tough challenge when it comes to distracted driving crashes.
Drunk or drugged driving consequences are steep for Florida truck drivers
Knowingly driving a truck when drunk or under the influence of drugs is reckless, dangerous behavior; not only are the truck drivers at risk of being hurt, but the other drivers with whom they share the roads are in grave danger. The particularly egregious part about drunk or drugged driving accidents is that they are completely preventable.
The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) understands how grave this behavior can be, so the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for truck drivers is 0.04 percent when compared to the BAC limit for passenger vehicles which is 0.08 percent. If a truck driver tested for a BAC higher than 0.04 percent while driving their commercial vehicle they can be arrested for DUI. If their alcohol impairment caused a truck accident with injuries or fatalities, the elevated BAC levels can be used as evidence in a truck crash claim.
Illegal (and/ or over-the-counter) drug use among truck drivers might be one of the dirty secrets that has proliferated within the culture of the truck driving profession. The FMCSA has mandated that trucking companies administer random drug and alcohol tests to truck drivers. If a trucking company failed to conduct mandatory drug testing, failed to report a failed drug or alcohol chemical test, failed to suspend a driver who had failed a drug or alcohol test or if they hired a driver despite knowing that they had a history of driving while impaired, the trucking company can also be held responsible if the truck driver drives drunk or drugged and causes an accident.
Drowsy driving truck crashes
Many people might be surprised to learn that drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Drowsiness is an impairment which reduces the driver’s reaction time, dulls this or her awareness of what is going on, and impairs judgement and reaction time. All these factors increase the chances of causing an accident.
In Florida, the first week in September is “Drowsy Driving Prevention Week,” which is a time when the Department of Highway Safety and the Department of Transportation educate law enforcement and the public about how fatigue impairs driving performance, and how drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. (NCSL.org)
The FMCSA has established Hours of Service regulations which govern how long commercial vehicle drivers can drive before they must stop and take a rest period. For property-carrying commercial drivers, there is an 11-hour driving limit after 10 consecutive hours off-duty. (FMCSA HoS Rules)
How a Boca Raton truck accident attorney can help
Pursuing a truck accident claim is different from a car crash claim. You could be taking legal action against a commercial operation. and the company’s lawyers will do their best to make sure that you recover as little compensation as they can get away with. Our job in representing you, is to make sure that you get fair compensation for all your damages including your medical expenses now and in the future, lost income, disability, pain and suffering and any other losses from the accident.
Florida law also allows for punitive damages in cases of intentional misconduct or gross negligence, as may be the case when a commercial truck driver drives drunk or drugged, or willfully violates the hours of service rules and drives without having had adequate sleep and causes a crash.
Truck accidents are complicated. Work with a truck accident lawyer South Florida residents and visitors can trust
Truck accident injuries can be devastating. You may not know where to turn to protect your interests and pursue justice on your behalf. The trusted Boca Raton truck accident attorneys at Yeboah Law Group are focused on protecting your rights after a truck accident injury. Just a minute away from Publix Super Market at Fifth Avenue Shops, you are encouraged to call us at 1-800-TELL-SAM or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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