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In 2008 alone, 37,261 people died in motor vehicle crashes of one sort or another. Tens of thousands of people die every year in highway accidents, and it doesn’t look like that sad fact will change anytime soon.
Largely due to their number and the time spent traveling the highways, large trucks, like tractor trailers, cause more than their share of highway deaths. Big rigs have higher fatal wrecks per mile traveled than passenger automobiles, even though a higher percentage of travel time is spent on the safest roads, the interstate highway system. Most deaths in truck accidents are the folks who occupied the much smaller passenger automobiles unlucky enough to collide with the massive tractor trailers. This is because of the comparative vulnerability of the passenger automobile occupant, the taller clearance of the trucks, and the fact that the trucks often weight 20-30 times the automobile.
Factors causing truck accidents include driver fatigue. Federal Motor Carrier laws prohibit truck drivers from driving more than 11 hours at a time and more than 77 hours in a 7 day period. But those familiar with the trucking industry know that many drivers regularly violate these laws and falsify their drivers’ logs to stay out of trouble.
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident with a big rig, you need an experienced truck accident lawyer familiar with the intricate rules of the federal government that regulate truckers and their employers. One call does it all. Call The Florida Firm for a free consultation.