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Truck accidents are among the most deadly auto accidents in America, and they can be caused by any number of factors. These 20,000-pound vehicles are driven by individuals who face long hours behind the wheel and strict deadlines. There are regulations each trucking company or independent driver must follow which includes driving for no more than 70 hours per week with at least 34 hours of rest afterward. However, these regulations are not always followed, making driver fatigue one of the most common causes of truck accidents.
Truck accidents can also be caused by:
- Trucks that are overloaded
- Oversized trucks
- Blind spots due to large trailers
- Over or under inflated tires
- Poor truck maintenance
- Distracted driving
- Improper training
- Substance abuse
Substance abuse is a bigger problem among truck drivers than you may realize. Many drivers resort to drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine and prescription or non-prescription stimulants. These substances are often used to stop many truck drivers from falling asleep behind the wheel, but driving under the influence is just as (if not more so) dangerous.
Truck accidents are more likely to lead to catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries, which leave victims with lifelong medical needs and expenses. These types of accidents are also more likely to lead to death.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Florida, please call our attorneys in Orlando at (407) 712-7300 to schedule your FREE consultation. Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter serve clients in Orlando, Florida and nationwide.