Florida Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog
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Highway and freeway accidents in Hollywood and South Florida are often deadly. Because highways mean higher speeds, any collisions on these roadways may lead to more serious injuries and crashes. In addition, highways often mean different vehicles sharing the same space, and if you’re in an accident with a big rig, tractor trailer, or other large commercial truck, the chances of your passenger car sustaining serious damage are considerable.

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Driving on a residential street is very different than driving on a highway or freeway. On a higher-speed road, small mistakes can lead to big accidents. Each year, people are involved in serious chain reaction accidents in Hollywood and South Florida because of one minor error made in a fraction of a second.

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Truck drivers already have one of the most dangerous jobs in America – they spend long hours on the road, driving heavy equipment at high speeds across highways, and then assist with loading and offloading heavy and sometimes hazardous materials. What makes this job even more dangerous is shiftwork.

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Many truck drivers working shifts, meaning that in order to make their deadlines they may have to drive all night one week, during the day at another time of the year, and in the early mornings or early evenings during another part of a season. Even with Hours of Service (HoS) regulations, the fact that truck drivers don’t work business hours can hurt them and can increase their risk of truck accidents in Miami and other communities.

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We’ve all had the experience: you’re driving on the road and you get stuck behind a large truck, such as an 18-wheeler or big rig. You may not feel comfortable driving behind larger vehicle, knowing that the truck driver probably can’t see you. But how can you safely drive around the large truck? Each year, truck accidents in Hollywood and other communities in Florida are caused by drivers who can’t see around larger vehicles and by truck drivers who can’t see cars in their blind spots. The visibility issues large tankers and tractor trailers cause on our roads is a serious concern.

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We all know big rigs and tractor trailers have lots of blind spots, but at least one company is considering designing “see-through trucks” to reduce the risk of collisions. These trucks, developed by Samsung, are not actually see-through. Instead, they have large screens on the back of the truck, showing passenger car drivers behind the truck exactly what the truck driver sees in front of them. A camera in the truck’s cab streams a front-of-the-truck view to the screen in real time.

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Many of us call a tow truck if we’ve been an accident or if our car breaks down, but tow trucks can also be the cause of accidents. Tow truck accidents in Hollywood and South Florida can cause devastating injuries as well as significant property damage (especially if it’s your car on the back of the tow truck involved in the crash).

Tow trucks are large trucks designed to transport cars and other vehicles. They may be used to transport cars that are illegally parked, are no longer functional, or cars that are new and need to be moved from one place to another. There are many types of tow trucks, including a hook and chain truck (frequently used for towing illegally parked cars),  boom tow trucks, flatbed tow trucks (often used for transporting farming equipment, trucks, new cars, and other vehicles), integrated tow trucks, and wheel lift tow trucks.

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Driving in Hollywood and the rest of Southern Florida comes with certain dangers. There are distracted drivers, heavy traffic, intense weather patterns, wildlife, and other dangers. However, you’re probably used to driving near your home and in your community.

Even though statistics show you’re more likely to be in an accident where you drive most often – near your home – leaving the state does bring its unique challenges. Knowing how to navigate those challenges can help you stay safer, no matter where you’re driving.

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A truck accident in Hollywood or anywhere in South Florida is likely to result in serious physical injuries. Each year, accidents involving tankers, 18 wheelers, and other large commercial vehicles result in amputations, brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, fatalities, and other losses. While many of the physical injuries of trucking accidents can be visually obvious, however, many people who survive these crashes also suffer other, less obvious injuries.

Emotional trauma is a serious potential consequence of any serious roadway accident in Hollywood or South Florida. Unfortunately, this type of injury is often overlooked because the symptoms may not be obvious and because it can take weeks or months for the signs of trauma to become obvious.

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Truck drivers in Hollywood, Miami, and other communities in South Florida have a big responsibility: they need to deliver cargo safely and on time while taking steps to drive safely. Truck drivers often have to drive on unfamiliar roads and share the road with much smaller vehicles. In some cases, they need to drive on narrow city streets not designed for larger big rigs and tractor trailers.

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In order to get a commercial license, truck drivers need to undergo extensive training and testing to ensure they’re safe drivers. In fact, the extra training and screening mean truckers are among the safer motorists on our roads: statistics show that in most car-truck collisions, truck drivers are not at fault.

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Highway driving in Hollywood and South Florida can be more dangerous than meandering drives along rural or residential streets. On highways, the speeds are faster and there is more traffic. Exits and ramps may pop up suddenly, meaning you may find yourself suddenly needing to cut across traffic.

One of the big dangers with highways and freeways, of course, is that they mean you share the road with other vehicles, including tankers, big rigs, and tractor trailers delivering cargo from city to city and even to other states. Driving between two large trucks isn’t just intimidating; it is riskier. Large commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds fully loaded and the multiple blind spots mean drivers might not see and could crush your smaller passenger vehicle.

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For big rigs and tractor trailers, high winds can mean an increased risk of accidents and rollovers. Quite simply, these vehicles have a much higher center of gravity and when large trucks drive along bridges or highways, especially, the wind can hit the truck with enough force to knock the vehicle off its route and into another lane. In some cases, it can cause the truck to fall over.

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Trucks may be especially at risk if they are hauling empty trailers and don’t have the added weight to anchor them down. Speeding vehicles along routes with little wind cover are also especially vulnerable.

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Trucking accidents in Hollywood and the rest of South Florida are always devastating. However, if you’re in a passenger car when your accident occurs you may be protected by your seatbelt and by the glass, seats, and metal around you. Unfortunately, if you’re a pedestrian or bicyclist in Miami, Hollywood, or anywhere else in South Florida and are struck by a commercial truck, the results can be much more distressing.

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Passenger cars offer scant protection against a fully loaded big rig or tractor-trailer – which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. For bicyclists or pedestrians, however, there is often no protection. Unfortunately, pedestrians and bicyclists in South Florida have a high rate of injury – more so than in other parts of the country. In fact, South Florida in past years has had the unfortunate distinction of ranking number one in the country for pedestrian and bicycle accidents.

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