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Texting and Driving May Become a Primary Offense in Florida

Texting is considered one of the most dangerous things you can do while behind the wheel of a vehicle. While sending a short text may only take your eyes off of the road for a few seconds, those few seconds are enough for you to hit other vehicles, pedestrians or anything else on or near the road. Consider this: Almost one in every five traffic accidents are directly caused ty texting and other causes of distracted driving. To compare, only

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New Trucking Regulation may Help Reduce Cases of Speed Related Accidents and Deaths

In a joint effort by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Department of Transportation, new regulations have been proposed to limit the speed of buses, trucks and other large, commercial vehicles when on the highway. This proposed regulation would require these large vehicles (the ones that weighed over 26,000 pounds) to be fitted with a device to limit or put a cap on the maximum speed the vehicle could go. The proposed limits

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Laws That Every Truck Driver Must Abide By

Statistics show that nearly 13% of the 15.5 million trucks on the roadways in America are equipped with tractor trailers. These trucks are used to transport goods from one part of the country to another in a timely manner. There are a variety of industries who rely on truckers to get their products where they are needed. Over 500,000 trucking accidents occur on a yearly basis and nearly 5,000 of these accidents will cause fatalities. There are a number of

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Will Self-Driving Trucks Help Reduce Accidents

Truck accidents are a serious issue in the state of Florida. Not only do these accidents occur more frequently than they should, but they often result in tragic consequences. According to a report from the Large Truck and Bus Overview, which is created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 3,978 large trucks and buses involved in fatal accidents in 2014. These collisions resulted in 4,161 fatalities. Florida is considered one of the top 10 states for bus

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Tractor Trailer Blind Spots: Stay Aware While on the Road

A wreck with a tractor trailer is typically always worse and more serious than a collision that involves two passenger vehicles. The fact is, semi-trucks are faster and bigger than cars. According to research from the IIHS – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – tractor trailers weigh 20 to 30 times more than the average passenger vehicle. When a semi wreck does occur, the possibility of fatalities is much higher. In the majority of situations, those who pass away are

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Carrier Liability in Trucking Accidents

One of the fundamental principles of common law is that anyone who has been injured in an accident has the right to receive compensation for their injuries. The only difficulty in applying this principle lies in determining who should bear the responsibility, or “liability,” for paying that compensation. Except in rare cases where the responsible party is self-insured, the burden for the payment of damages will usually fall to an insurance carrier. In order to shift the burden of liability

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4 Things Truck Drivers Can’t Do Behind the Wheel

Semi-trucks are just about everywhere. They move nearly 70 percent of the nation’s products each year. There is no question tractor-trailers are a major force (literally) driving the nation’s economy. Unfortunately, these massive vehicles can also be extremely dangerous, which is why they are subject to strict regulations. If you have been injured in a semi-truck collision, call a West Palm Beach truck accident lawyer right away, as these are complicated cases that demand a skilled lawyer. If the closest

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Why You Need Legal Help After a Garbage Truck Accident in Florida

You may have heard of the garbage truck accident that happened on I-95 in Miami on February 15th, 2016. The garbage truck actually fell off a ramp on I-95 and landed in the Jose Marti Park parking lot. The driver was thrown from the vehicle. He visited Jackson memorial hospital afterwards to be checked out, and miraculously he was not seriously injured or killed. Check out a video of this accident here. The Florida Highway Patrol believes that it was

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The Top 4 Scariest Causes of Tractor-Trailer Crashes

Tractor-trailers are the biggest vehicles on the road and operating them requires special training and skill. Additionally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires carriers and drivers to follow specific rules when it comes to maintenance, driving hours, record-keeping, and other important tasks. Unfortunately, carriers and drivers alike sometimes allow a quest for profits to compromise safety. When they cut corners or disregard regulations, people can get seriously hurt. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, semi-trucks are

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The Biggest Problems with Commercial Truck Accidents (and What You Can Do About Them)

It’s probably not at all as surprise to hear about the many trucking accidents that occur on a daily basis in Florida. In fact, these numbers are even a little scary. There were approximately 3800 fatal accidents involving a truck in 2012 alone, which was a 5 percent increase from the year before. This problem only continues to worsen rather than improve with time, making commercial truck accidents a big problem in Florida. If you have been involved in a

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Why You Should Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer in Port St. Lucie After an Accident

Truck accidents can be very complicated. While it is possible to handle your own truck accident case, it really isn’t a good idea. In fact, arguing your own personal injury case might be a poor choice at any time, but it is an especially poor idea when a commercial truck is involved. Commercial trucks are commonly involved in accidents, which means that their attorneys are also very experienced in the unique aspects of truck accidents. Using a truck accident attorney

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The Top 4 Causes of Truck Accidents

If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a trucking accident, then you know how serious these injuries can be. Read on to learn more about some of the most common reasons that an accident can happen as well as what you should do if you find yourself in this situation. 1. Improper Trucking Training It is the responsibility of the trucking company to ensure that a driver has the proper training and experience to handle a variety

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What to Do If You Are Recovering From a Truck Accident

Truck accidents are quite common in Palm Beach, Florida since there are many commercial trucks traveling the roads of the Sunshine State. If you are a victim of a truck accident, knowing your options can help make all the difference in the world in getting past this traumatic event. What to Do First… 1. Report the Accident: As soon as you are involved in a truck accident, call the police (or have someone call the police if you are badly

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4 Traumatic Trucking Accidents Caused by Driver Error

Driver error is the number one cause of trucking accidents in the United States. According to one study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, roughly 87 percent of all large truck accidents are caused because the driver made some type of error. Types of errors in that study included: Non-performance: Where the driver should have done something, but he or she did not due to falling asleep, having a heart attack or seizure, or other physical impairment Recognition: Where

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Trucking Accidents: The Dangers of Oversized Loads

An oversized load presents unique dangers and can cause serious trucking accidents. Although trucks are designed to carry very heavy loads, overloading them causes tire problems and issues with controlling the vehicle. Oversized loads are also not permitted in many areas because the infrastructure cannot handle them. That is, highways, bridges, and other roads are simply not built to handle loads of that size. Areas that are under construction also cause further support issues. Causes of Oversized Truck Accidents Large

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Sharks Survive Truck Crash in Florida on I-95

Four sharks were injured in a truck crash in Volusia County last week. Three of the four sharks are expected to survive and are currently recovering at Sea World. Unfortunately, the fourth shark was found outside the tank after the crash and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. A Story Gaining International Momentum This big rig crash has gained international attention and has received global recognition. The sharks were originally being transported from Sea World in Florida up to

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5 Surprising Reasons Why Trucking is Important

According to the American Trucking Associations, it is estimated that the United States is short by 30,000 truck drivers. While it may sound dramatic, a halt in the trucking industry would alter our life and economy. Look around the room – imagine if trucks weren’t used for transportation. It’s a guess that at least 70% of the items around you would have never arrived. Businesses of all sizes and types depend on the trucking industry to get their inventory in

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Accident with a Truck: How Much Can You Sue?

After a truck accident, you may be asking yourself how much you might be able to sue. It is important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all amount as every case is different. To determine how much you can sue for, you should speak to a truck accident attorney first. An attorney can assess your case and decide how much in damages you can collect. While you are waiting for your consultation, you can research these seven factors used to

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Truck Accidents: Understanding Liability

Driving a large truck is a difficult job. These large pieces of equipment are not always easy to manage and can give drivers a hard time when the roads are slick, busy or when the driver is fatigued. If you’re a truck driver, it is truly important to understand liability and who is at fault in the case of an accident. You want to be well educated on liability before you get into an accident so you know what steps

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How Impaired Truck Drivers Cause Accidents

A truck driver, or any driver for that matter, is considered “impaired” when their mental capacity, reasoning skills, and judgment are unable to result in a safe decision. A truck driver who is impaired is deadly – more deadly than an impaired driver of a passenger vehicle. This is because semi-trucks are heavy and can cause extensive damage if they are involved in a car accident (read more about how fatal trucking accidents can be). While trucking companies are required

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