April 15, 2014

How Will You Pay for the Injuries Sustained in Your Trucking Collision?

Unexpected medical expenses are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy across the country, according to some studies. Even motorists who have excellent medical coverage and car insurance often find themselves paying substantial amounts out-of-pocket after a serious car or truck crash in Homestead or their community.


There are a number of reasons why a serious truck or car collision in Homestead or another Florida community could mean serious financial distress:

•Insurance companies are in the business of making money. They want to settle claims inexpensively and fast, and this can mean that victims do not get the compensation they need to pay for their injuries.

•The medical reality of a serious injury is that symptoms may not show up right away. A motorist may walk away from a traffic collision in Homestead or another city feeling fine only to develop symptoms a few hours, days, or even weeks after the accident. Unfortunately, by that time they may have accepted insurance money and signed away their rights or may have a hard time convincing insurers that the injury was due to the accident.

•Many motorists have high deductibles. It’s no secret: insurance premiums are expensive. After an accident, though, having a high deductible can mean struggling to pay that amount.

PIP laws in Homestead and Florida limit how much money you can claim through car insurance. Florida is a no-fault state, and while this means that there may be less dispute initially about who has caused an accident it also means that there are caps on how much a passenger can claim in medical expenses – and those caps do not cover the costs of getting medical care for a catastrophic injury.

•Traffic accident injuries are very expensive – and medical costs are only increasing. Diagnostic imaging can cost thousands of dollars, and hospital stays can end up costing tens of thousands or even more. A spinal cord injury patient in Homestead or Florida can expect to pay $100 000 in the first year of treatment alone, if the injury was serious.

•There are many incidental expenses after a traffic accident. Many insurers undervalue claims, in part because they count immediate and likely costs, such as time lost at work and expected medical expenses. If there is a complication or if an injury ends up being more serious than initially though (which is quite common), the actual amount a patient may need to spend may end up being much larger than the insurance benefits received. In addition, insurers often do not consider the incidental costs related to an injury. The costs of making a home accessible, for example, or the costs of taking taxis to doctors’ appointments can really add up and may not be covered.

Unless a patient has substantial savings, the expenses of a serious injury can be devastating. In some cases, patients may continue to work in some capacity or may try to sell some assets in order to make ends meet.

Due to the costs of a serious injury, it is important to consult with a personal injury attorney in Homestead or your community right away. An attorney can advise you on the likely total costs of your injuries and can aggressively pursue that amount for you.

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April 10, 2014

New Study About Fatigue Could be Key in Reducing Trucking Accident Rates in Homestead and Other Cities

There is some good news when it comes to the number of serious car accidents in Homestead and other U.S. communities. Between 2012 and 2013, the number of fatal automobile crashes across the nation dropped about three percent while the number of injuries in car collisions declined about two percent.

While the number of fatal car accidents is declining and while the number of injuries in car collisions is also on the wane – possibly due to improved technology in cars – safety experts are concerned that the number of fatal trucking accidents is not similarly dropping. In fact, some statistics show that the number of these deadly crashes seems to be on the rise.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2012 there were 3,921 fatal trucking collisions on U.S. roadways. This is a four percent increase over the year before. In addition, between 2009 and 2012 the number of trucking collisions leading to injury increased 42 percent while the number of fatal automobile crashes involving trucks increased 18 percent in the same time period.

According to researchers, this is especially troubling since between 2009 and 2011, the total number of trucks on highways and roads actually declined by over six percent while the number of miles traveled by commercial trucks dropped seven percent in the same time frame. This means that the number of injuries and fatalities in these crashes is on the upswing at the same time as the number of trucks is smaller, which should seemingly lead to fewer crashes.

The NHTSA finds that truck driver fatigue may be part of the reason for the numbers. The number of DUI accidents in Homestead and other U.S. cities involving truck drivers is small and truck drivers who cause fatal collisions are less likely other drivers of passenger cars to have a history of license suspension. In addition, truck drivers are generally better trained and more often tested in terms of their driving skills than other drivers.

The NHTSA does think that truck driver fatigue in Homestead and other cities is a serious issue. Despite hours of service rules that limit how long commercial truck drivers can stay on the road before resting, the number of truck drivers who surpass allowed hours and the number of truck drivers who are fatigued when driving may be significant, according to some safety experts. The hours of service rules have recently been changed and the NHTSA has stated that the further reduction of driving hours could help prevent traffic collisions.

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April 8, 2014

How Cargo Theft Can Cause Injuries for Truckers in Miami and Other Cities

According to Florida Highway Patrol, cargo theft is a major concern across the state. While it does not get as much attention as trucking accidents in Miami and other cities, it is a huge problem for the industry and for truck drivers. Not only does it cause financial losses, but in some cases it can leave truckers with work injuries in Miami or other cities if they detect a theft or interrupt a crime taking place.

Virtually any product is a target for cargo thieves because virtually anything transported by truck can be sold for profit. Thieves steal full tractor trailers, take the merchandise, and leave the empty trucks in South Florida. In 2012 alone, about 130 cargo thefts were reported in the state, making Florida the second state in the country for the number of these thefts.

Thieves operate in rings or individually. The risk of getting caught is relatively low and the rewards are high if the products can be sold on the black market or can be shipped overseas for sale.


According to the National Retail Federation and FreightWatch, cargo theft can have a significant impact on customers. Stolen merchandise means that customers end up paying more because retailers and manufacturers have to make up the difference. In some cases, product lines are disrupted and customers cannot purchase a product in stores because a cargo theft means that there is a shortage, which manufacturers may or may not be able to rectify quickly.

In addition, there are risks involved in cargo theft. In cases where a truck driver intercepts a theft, he or she may suffer a variety of injuries. In addition, if customers buy these stolen products they may be injured if the products are later recalled. Regular retailers will pull unsafe toys or products from Miami or Florida shelves, but these products may still remain on the black market or be sold online if they have been stolen. Unsuspecting customers may purchase unsafe products and end up suffering injuries as a result.

In 2013, about 19 percent of all stolen merchandise was food or drink products, with metals being the second-most-frequent target of cargo thieves. About 13 percent of cargo thefts involved electronics. Electronics have a higher resale value, but they also have serial numbers, which means that stolen shipments can be tracked in some cases. Food, on the other hand is more difficult to track and is always in demand, meaning that thieves can make a profit while facing a lower risk.

FreightWatch and other groups predict that there may be fewer cargo thefts in 2014 than in previous years, in part due to greater vigilance. Tobacco and other industries have especially tightened transport security to prevent cargo theft. In addition, improved enforcement and the breaking up of some cargo theft rings in recent years may also mean fewer thefts.

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April 3, 2014

Would Speed Changes in Florida Affect Trucking Accident Rates in Homestead and Beyond?

Interstate highways near Homestead and across Florida are the site of many trucking accidents each year. A new bill working its way through Legislature would attempt to improve the statistics by increasing the speed limit on interstate highways to 75 mph.

The question is whether the speed limit would mean more truck and automobile accidents in Homestead and Florida – or fewer. Opponents of the move say that increasing the speed limit will encourage drivers to go faster, leading to more traffic accidents in Homestead and other cities as well as more fatalities.

Supporters of the bill say that the bill would actually lead to fewer traffic crashes. They argue that many drivers are already going 75 mph and the new speed limit would simply reflect this and would encourage more drivers to drive at similar speeds, discouraging collisions. They point to studies that have shown that speed alone does not lead to more crashes – rather, it is a disparity of speed between motorists that is most likely to lead to accidents.


Bill SB 392 is sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg and Jeff Clemens of D-Lake Worth. Already, the proposed law had passed through committees and has not yet faced considerable opposition. If passed, the bill would permit the Department of Transportation or increase speed limits on rural, four-lane divided highways to 70 mph from the current 65 mph and would allow the agency to increase limits on limited access highways and interstate highways from a current 70 mph to 75 mph. The speed limit on other roads could be increased to 65 mph if the new bill passes.

Jeff Clemens has noted that in the middle of the 1990s the national speed limit was quashed, allowing for speeds higher than the 55 mph that were current at the time. Since then, Clemens notes that fatalities for traffic accidents have only increased one year and overall fatalities resulting from traffic fatalities have steadily declined.

However, some safety experts disagree that a speed limit increase would help with reducing traffic accident fatalities in Homestead and other Florida cities. According to a representative from the National Safety Council, increasing speed limits will increase the likelihood of accidents, injuries, and fatalities. One concern for safety experts is that many people on interstate highways already speed above the current 70 mph speed limit. According to some anecdotal information, many drivers who speed on these roadways drive between 75 and 80 mph, and increasing the speed limit may encourage them to go even faster. In Florida, the first five miles per hour above the speed limit results only in warnings or fines. Therefore, drivers might be encouraged to drive 80 mph with the new speed limits without worrying about getting a fine.

What do you think – will the new speed limits improve safety or threaten it on our roads?

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April 1, 2014

How Much Will Your Truck Accident in Homestead Cost You?

Being involved in a serious trucking collision in Homestead or another Florida community can be extremely traumatic and painful. If you were driving a passenger car or motorcycle at the time of the crash, the difference in size between a big rig or tractor trailer and your much smaller vehicle means that you and your passengers may have sustained serious or even life-threatening injuries in the crash.

These types of collisions, be they T-bone, broadside collisions in Homestead, or override accidents, tend to be very serious. They can and often do lead to fractures, whiplash, paralysis, amputation, and other serious injuries.

In the immediate aftermath of the crash, you may be mostly focused on the pain and medical emergency. However, you will quickly realize that traffic collisions in Homestead and across Florida are not just a health concern, but a financial concern as well. If you have sustained serious injuries in a traffic accident, you may face serious financial as well as health challenges as you recover.


Many people who have suffered injuries underestimate the likely total costs of their accident. If you have been seriously injured, you can expect to pay for a variety of expenses, including:

•Emergency medical treatment
•Hospital stays
•Visits to specialists
•Medical imaging and other diagnostic tests
•Medical devices and equipment, such as braces or crutches
•At-home care or assisted living expenses
•Property damage for anything damaged in the car accident
•Lost income
•Future expected medical expenses
•So-called cosmetic treatments, such as skin grafts for scarring
•Future medical replacement costs – such as the cost of replacing prosthetics every few years
•Car repair or car replacement costs
•The cost of car rentals or taxis while you recover
•The costs of making your home or car accessible as you recover
•Follow-up doctor’s visits
•The increased medical expenses over a lifetime if you need help managing a permanent injury

These expenses can very rapidly add up. A spinal cord injury patient in Homestead or Florida, for example, who has suffered a permanent and serious injury can expect to pay more than $100 000 in medical expenses in the first year of treatment alone. This does not include the costs of lost income, property damages, and other losses. A permanent injury can easily end up costing many hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars over a lifetime.

Even something such as a fracture or whiplash that is likely to result in full recovery can end up costing tens of thousands of dollars because you will need to pay for medical tests and doctor’s visits, car repair bills, lost time at work, and a host of incidental expenses.

Many people who have suffered a serious injury assume that their insurance company will pay for it. After all, that is why drivers pay their insurance premiums. Unfortunately, in some cases insurance carriers undervalue claims and patients end up with serious injuries and no way of paying for all their expenses.

Do not risk this situation. If you have been injured, contact a personal injury attorney in Homestead or your community to find out whether you have a legal claim or other options for compensation.

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March 27, 2014

Top Five Reasons You May Have a Hard Time Getting Fair Compensation after Your Hollywood Truck Accident – And What You Can Do About it

After a trucking accident in Hollywood or your community, you expect your insurance company to help you. After all, you probably pay your insurance carrier substantial amounts of money in premiums for car insurance coverage. In addition, insurance companies go out of their way to market themselves as caring companies that care for you in the event of a tragedy. Unfortunately, if you have been in a serious truck or car accident in Hollywood involving a big rig, tractor-trailer, or other commercial vehicle, you may find it difficult to get fair compensation for your injuries. There are five main reasons for this:

1) Trucking accidents often become a case of finger-pointing. In many cases, trucking accidents are blamed on the passenger car driver, often with very little investigation. Statistics show that many commercial truck accidents are in fact caused by passenger car drivers who are negligent, but this does not mean that this was the case in your situation. In addition to finger-pointing when it comes to blame, you may find that there is a lot of shuffling when it comes to admitting who is liable. Even when it is obvious that the crash was not your fault, the accident may be blamed on the truck driver, the motor carrier, road conditions, and a variety of factors.


2) Trucking collisions often involve serious, long-term injuries. Insurance companies tend to compensate for immediate costs, such as medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Unfortunately, due to the size and force of big rigs and tractor-trailers, many truck crashes involve serious injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations, and more. With these injuries, you have to consider not only substantial immediate medical costs, but also long-term lost income and medical bills that will arise. In many cases, insurance carriers do not consider these costs when making an offer.

3) Insurance companies are in the business of profits. Insurance companies may promise to care for you, but ultimately they are responsible not to you but to their shareholders. The aim of large insurance companies is to be as profitable as possible, and this means that they have a financial interest to not pay out the maximum compensation possible in every accident. Even if you receive what you consider to be a fair insurance offer, speaking with a personal injury attorney in Hollywood or your community you may find that your case is actually worth a lot more.

4) Florida is considered one of the top states for insurance fraud. Unfortunately, Florida has the distinction of having the highest rate of insurance fraud when it comes to car insurance. This makes car insurers far more careful about checking for fraud, and this can delay the insurance process or in some cases can even lead to unjustified rejection of a legitimate insurance claim.

5) There is often a lot of confusion after a trucking accident. Due to the size and force of the vehicles involved, these types of accidents tend to be multiple vehicle collisions, front end collisions, or rear end shunt accidents that cause a lot of damage. It can be difficult to get straight answers, especially once the attorneys of the truck carrier and insurance companies become involved and work to limit liability. Working with a personal injury attorney ensures that your interests are protected and that a thorough investigation is conducted to get to the bottom of what has happened.

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March 25, 2014

Dealing with Insurance after a Rental Truck Accident

Many Florida residents rent trucks each year. Rental trucks are a convenient way to move house, haul furniture, or take care of home reno projects without having to buy your own light truck. Unfortunately, each year people are seriously injured or killed in trucking and traffic accidents in Hollywood and Florida involving rental trucks.


There are three main issues that can cause problems with rental trucks:

•Many people who rent trucks are not familiar with these larger vehicles and may not know exactly how to handle them safely

•Investigative journalists have found that some rental truck companies are not very conscientious in maintaining their fleets, meaning that some trucks are in poor condition

•Some people rent trucks in order to drive them to unfamiliar locations – such as a new house – and this can increase the likelihood of a crash

If you have been in a rental truck accident, you will generally have some insurance. You may be covered by your car's regular insurance, by the insurance you purchased from the rental truck company, or by some other form of insurance. Unfortunately, since a rental truck is not your usual vehicle, you may find yourself involved in insurance dispute in Hollywood or your community. All too often, people who are injured seriously or have suffered property damage due to a rental truck issue find that they struggle to get fair compensation for their injuries.

If you have been injured as a result of a car or truck accident involving a rental truck, it is very important to consult with a personal injury attorney in Hollywood or your community. These cases are often very complex. The rental truck company will often point fingers or refuse to accept liability, and the agreement that you signed with the company in order to rent a truck may have wording that limits the liability of the company. In addition, even figuring out where to turn for insurance money can be very complicated. In some cases, your credit card company will cover part of the damages, while in other cases you regular car insurance or the truck company insurance carrier is expected to cover part of the damages.

A personal injury attorney can review your rental truck agreement, the state and maintenance of the vehicle involved, and other details of your case. A qualified attorney can help find figure out whether the truck company was negligent in maintaining the vehicle or did anything that could have contributed to the accident. If there are liable parties, a personal injury attorney can help you pursue them in order to get fair compensation. In many cases, you also need help with the insurance process in these cases, and a personal injury attorney can help with this and with negotiating with the insurance carrier.

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March 20, 2014

Steps for Dealing with Grief and Trauma after Your Homestead Truck Accident

Being in a car accident or truck accident in Homestead or another community can change virtually every area of your life. While personal injury attorneys in Homestead and across Florida tend to focus on the tangible damages – including the injuries, medical costs, and property damage – that can incur in collisions, the reality is that any trucking accident can be extremely traumatic. If you have lost a loved one or have suffered a permanent injury, especially, it is normal to feel grief, rage, and even extreme upset after your collision. Even a serious injury from which you expect to make a full recovery can leave you traumatized and upset.


Not much is said about the grief, trauma, and emotional upheaval that occurs after traffic accidents and truck accidents. However, these types of accidents can cause or contribute to severe problems, including:

•Sleep disorders
•Posttraumatic stress disorder (ptsd)
•Relationship problems
•Mood swings
•Eating disorders
•Substance abuse
•Difficulty concentrating or remembering things

While most of us who have been in a serious accident are rushed to the emergency room or at least get some medical help, all too often the emotional impact of a traffic accident is ignored. This can be a real concern, as the trauma of a serious accident can be debilitating and does require medical treatment.

If you have been in a serious truck accident, there are several things you will want to do to take care of your emotional state:

•Practice good self-care. Follow your doctor's directions about medication and treatment to the letter. In addition, make sure that you get adequate sleep, rest, good food, and gentle exercise if you can. Give yourself time to heal from the injuries and do not rush to get back to work or back to your daily routine if you're not up to it. You need to be gentle with yourself.

•Stay alert for symptoms. If you have a broken bone, it can be easy to see the problem. If you simply feel upset or not quite yourself after a serious truck accident, it can be more difficult to tell what the matter is. Consider keeping a journal in order to keep track of any symptoms, such as difficulty sleeping, changes in appetite, and other issues. If you notice any issues, seek a doctor's help right away.

•Get quality medical attention. If you have been permanently or seriously injured, getting supportive quality medical care that increases your chances of recovering properly from your injuries can be a big help. It can help you feel more positive about your future.

•Seek the help of a support group or support network. There are many support groups out there for victims of car accidents and truck accidents, people who have lost a loved one, and those who have suffered from a serious injury. Seek the support groups out if you need help. They can be a great place to learn more about dealing with an injury or loss and they can help provide you with the emotional support you need as you adjust to life after the collision. Friends and family can also be an important support network when you need to speak with someone.

•Speak with a personal injury attorney in Homestead or your community. A personal injury attorney can help you find out whether you have options for compensation, which can help you pay for therapy, counseling, and other forms of care that can help you recover fully from your accident.

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March 18, 2014

How to Cope with Soft Tissue Injuries After a Trucking Accident

The types of truck and car accidents that get featured in the nightly news often involve severe injuries such as paralysis, spinal cord injuries, and fatalities. Compared to that, soft tissue injuries seem less severe and less newsworthy, but these types of injuries can cause a great deal of suffering and can keep you from work and from living your life fully.

A soft tissue injury is one that affects the muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Tendons are the bands that attach bones and muscles while ligaments are the tissue that stabilize joints and connect bones. Injuries to these or to muscle can result from slip and fall accidents in Homestead and other communities, but these injuries are also common with sports injuries and with traffic crashes. Any time a vulnerable area is suddenly twisted or overused, a soft tissue injury is possible.


Soft tissue injuries can actually involve a number of types of injuries, including:


These injuries can be extremely painful and can leave you unable to live your life normally. A severe sprain, for example, can cause swelling and severe pain, leaving you unable to place weight on the affected site. Severe sprains can also cause swelling and severe pain.

Mild soft tissue injuries are often treated with elevation, compression, rest, and applications of ice. Elastic bandages are also sometimes used to reduce swelling. For severe soft tissue injuries, a splint or other medical device may be needed to keep the area from moving so that healing can take place. Of course, since these types of injuries are quite painful, pain management is also an important part of the healing process.

After a car collision in Homestead or another community, swelling or pain in an affected area may be the first sign that a soft tissue injury has occurred. While soft tissue injuries are quite common in traffic crashes, they cannot be detected with X-rays the way that fractures can, so it can be quite difficult to diagnose these injuries. Worse, many patients find that it can take hours or days for symptoms to develop. A patient (and their doctor) may assume that no injury has occurred only to find that pain develops and a soft tissue injury is in fact present.

In these situations, it can sometimes be difficult for a patient to prove that the injury was caused by the car accident and it can be challenging to secure compensation for the injuries. If a driver files an insurance claim quickly after a car or truck accident in Homestead or their city, they may get an insurance offer before they even develop symptoms or get a proper diagnosis for their soft tissue injuries. If they accept the insurance money, they may lose out on the chance to get fair compensation that will cover the medical treatment for their injury. In some cases, the insurance company may be suspicious about the cause of the injury or may claim that the injury was not caused by the accident because no symptoms were seen right away.

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March 13, 2014

The Link Between Truck Maintenance and Traffic Collisions in Homestead and Other Communities

There is no doubt that trucking and car accidents in Homestead and across the country are a serious concern for every American. In 2012 alone, traffic collisions killed 33,561 people across the country. Motor vehicle accidents are among the top causes of death for all age groups and are the leading cause of fatalities for those under the age of 34, according to government statistics.

Trucking accidents in Homestead and other communities can be especially deadly, because of the size of big rigs, 18-wheelers, and other commercial trucks. Many trucking accidents are caused by motorist negligence, but a number are also caused by poor truck maintenance.


Both truck drivers and motor carriers are expected to take proper care of their vehicles. Truck drivers are responsible for day-to-day maintenance of their vehicles, including checking tire pressure and reporting any problems that require the services of a mechanic. Motor carriers are expected to maintain their fleets, replace trucks as they become unsafe, and take care to provide the proper level of maintenance for each of their vehicles.

Unfortunately, there are many things that can go wrong that can prevent trucks from getting proper maintenance:

•Truck drivers may not check tire pressure, brakes, and other systems before every trip, leading to excessive wear and tear, as well as mechanical failure
•Motor carriers may try to reduce costs by cutting back on the amount of maintenance on their vehicles
•Motor carriers may be negligent and may hide maintenance problems or delay maintenance in order to save money
•The companies or professionals tasked with fixing vehicles may be negligent in evaluating and properly fixing truck systems

When trucks are incorrectly maintained, mechanical failure in Homestead and other communities can occur, causing trucks to possibly careen out of control. Incorrectly maintained brakes may fail, tire blowouts in Homestead and other communities can occur if tires are not correctly kept properly inflated, and other systems may fail as well, causing severe injury and serious crashes.

Unfortunately, if you've been injured in this type of car accident caused by mechanical failure or poor maintenance, it can be difficult to prove that the truck was not correctly maintained. The incident may simply be blamed on bad luck or on an unfortunate accident. It often takes working with a good personal injury attorney in order to evaluate the maintenance schedule of a truck as well as any prior known problems with the vehicle.

It is especially important to consult with a personal injury attorney if you've been injured by a rental truck or by a commercial truck. Unfortunately, a number of investigative reporters over the past few years have shown that rental truck companies do not always perform the maintenance necessary on their fleets, and each year Americans are seriously injured or even killed due to this negligence. In addition, commercial truck accidents often require the help of an attorney because these cases are complex and often involve multiple defendants who are protected by powerful attorneys. A good personal injury attorney in this case can protect your interests.

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March 11, 2014

New Ideas for Driver Training To Curb Commercial Truck Accidents in Hollywood and Across the Country

Members of Congress have recently begun talks about training regulations for commercial truck drivers in a bid to reduce the number of car and truck accidents on the roads. Of course, there are already many regulations and laws in place to prevent trucking collisions in Hollywood and other cities across the country, but despite these precautions serious traffic crashes involving trucks still continue to occur.

Experts believe that many broadside crashes, head-on collisions, and other types of traffic accidents involving commercial trucks often occur do to driver error. Studies have shown that drivers with less experience and training have higher accident risks when compared with more experienced motorists.

It seems to make sense that hiring more experienced and highly-trained drivers would therefore help reduce the number of truck and car crashes in Hollywood and other communities. However, according to the trucking industry, the current labor shortages could make that a challenge. Right now, there is a high demand for truck drivers and a shortage of experienced and qualified truck drivers in the industry. In some cases, motor carriers must hire new drivers with less training and real-world experience.


Another issue is fraud. According to some safety experts, the number of jobs in the industry has some job applicant falsifying their credentials or claiming to have passed qualified driving instructions when they have not. Of course, it is important for motor carriers to screen applicants to ensure that they have the correct qualifications. However, in some cases applicants do a very good job of hiding the fact that they don’t have the driver training needed for the job.

Another issue is job training itself. According to some safety experts, some truck drivers do not get enough instruction – from motor carriers and in driver training classes – about basic issues such as turning distance and proper braking techniques. This can lead to incorrect braking techniques in Hollywood and other issues which can lead to crashes.

The discussions among Members of Congress include the possibility of passing mandatory commercial truck driver training guidelines. These would ensure that all truck drivers who are licensed have been taught the basics.

Legislators have also discussed possibly using certain technology in commercial trucks to reduce the risk of accidents. For example, there are some devices that can sound a warning if a driver is drifting out of a lane. There have been efforts to make these devices mandatory on all 18-wheelers and big rigs, but so far the laws have not passed.

Some safety advocates have advised that using more technology in the classroom could also help. There are driving simulators that allow truck drivers to approximate the experience of driving in bad weather or heavy traffic, for example, and some experts feel that these simulators could help drivers get some driving experience that simulates real-world driving. Other safety experts believe that the key is continual learning and would like to see mandatory additional training for commercial drivers, so that these drivers continue to get some professional instruction and in-class education and training even after being licensed.

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March 6, 2014

Could Overnight Deliveries Increase the Risk of Truck Accidents in Hollywood and Other Cities?

According to a new study from Monash University, overnight and early morning long-haul trucking has a higher rate of accidents when compared with trucking deliveries during regular business hours. The researchers in the study believe that if fewer trips and deliveries were scheduled in the early morning, there may be fewer collisions.

The study found that truck drivers who work for more than three hours during the night have a similar risk of accidents as drivers who are driving under the influence. Drivers who do not use cruise control, anti-lock braking systems, and other technology on their overnight drives are at an even higher risk of a collision, as are drivers with less driving experience.

To reach these conclusions, researchers spoke with 517 truck drivers who had not been in an accident between 2008 and 2011 and also spoke with 530 truck drivers who had been in a collision during the same time period. Based on these interviews, researchers found that truck drivers who were on the road between midnight and six in the morning had a threefold chance of being in an accident when compared with drivers who drove between 6 in the morning and noon. When a truck driver had not taken any rest for over four hours, the risk of a collision was twice as high.


Unfortunately, overnight driving is standard in the trucking industry, and according to sleep experts this may be contributing to trucking accidents in Hollywood and other communities. Even when truck drivers sleep before driving overnight, they may feel fatigued on overnight shifts. Other studies of shift work in other industries seem to back this up. A number of studies have shown that workers who take on shift work and overnight work have higher risks of work injury in Hollywood and other cities. Part of the problem is that working outside of regular hours fights the body’s natural circadian rhythm. Even when truck drivers and workers get adequate hours of sleep, the type of sleep they get during the day after working at night may be of a lower quality.

Fatigued driving in Hollywood
and other communities has long been linked to car and trucking accidents, but it is more difficult to decide how to address the issue. The trucking industry relies on long-haul drivers to make early-morning deliveries. Customers demand on-time deliveries on tight schedules, and that can mean workers being on the road until late at night. Hours of service rules require truckers to take a certain amount of rest when driving, but they do not and cannot regulate or control the quality of sleep and rest that truck drivers get. In the future, driverless trucks and other technology may help reduce or even eliminate the dangers of fatigued driving. In the meantime, however, solutions need to be found to address the problem.

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