Articles Posted in Causes of Truck Accidents

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Mental health has an impact on driver safety. While there are no statistics to determine how many Hollywood and Florida truck accidents can be linked to mental disorders or mental distress, researchers agree that depression and other mental conditions can and do compromise road safety. Mental illness can lead to changes in sleep patterns and overall health, for example, which can in turn affect focus. Some conditions, such as dementia, can lead to confusion and cognitive difficulties which can make driving difficult.

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Truck drivers and trucking companies are increasingly recognizing this problem and pursuing solutions. There are many things truck drivers can and do try to improve their mental health:

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Nursing homes in Hollywood and South Florida are supposed to be safe facilities for elderly residents who need additional support with everyday tasks. Some of the residents who are in nursing homes have mobility issues while others have cognitive conditions or conditions such as Alzheimer’s.

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Unfortunately, when nursing home residents are not given the adequate care and supervision they need, they can become involved in pedestrian accidents outside the nursing home. This can happen in a number of ways, and all of them are preventable:

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At this time of year, delivery trucks can be found everywhere. Trucks from companies such as UPS, FedEx and others deliver packages and use a variety of trucks, including cube vans, light trucks, and other vehicles. Stores may use delivery trucks to get cargo to nearby stores and to customers. Even catering companies and small businesses use delivery vans and small trucks to offer additional services through the holiday season.

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Unfortunately, the extra traffic involving delivery trucks can increase the risk of accidents. There are a number of factors which can cause delivery truck accidents in Hollywood and Florida, especially at this time of year:

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Teen drivers in Hollywood and South Florida will often spend considerable time in driver’s education classes and practicing in a car. While they are often excited to try out lessons learned on the road, however, it is important for parents and caregivers to pay attention to the habits their young drivers are developing.

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Building good habits early on can help young drivers stay safe from the road and can help them prevent traffic collisions. However, bad habits established early can put young drivers at risk of car accidents and truck collisions and can mean a lifetime of more at-risk driving. If your child has these bad habits, they could be putting themselves at risk:

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Children can sometimes develop a big interest in trucks they see around them. Trucks are big, powerful machines and can seem very cool to kids. Unfortunately, curiosity and the desire to take a closer look can have some tragic consequences for young ones.

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Most of us don’t consider the places kids can come into contact with trucks, but garbage trucks show up on residential streets every day and children may be able to get close to trucks in parking lots, in stores, at truck shows, and even in their yard when a delivery truck drops by. It’s easy to tell kids not to play near trucks or warn your child against approaching them, but they are likely to forget when they see a cool machine they want to see up close.

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About 30% of all fatal accidents involving teen drivers in 2014 involved speeding. Speeding is a serious problem for teen drivers and their parents.  Speed-related crashes can result in serious injuries and even fatalities and preventing these collisions can be tricky.

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Teens may speed from peer pressure or out of curiosity. They may associate speeding with their favorite movies or stars. No matter why it happens, it can be deadly. On highways, especially, teens are sharing the road with trucks and truck drivers cannot stop in the time to avoid a collision when other drivers are speeding. In a truck collision involving speeding, your teen’s life is danger, because the impact of the crash is likely to cause fatal injuries.

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At this time of year, many college students are thinking about moving out. If this is the case for you and your family, keep in mind that moving trucks pose significant potential hazards for you and your college kids. Moving trucks accidents in Hollywood, Miami, and other communities happen every year.

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You can help reduce the risk for your college student by:

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The average age of truck drivers is now 49 and the industry has faced a driver shortage for some years. In addition to the shortage, there is also a high turnover rate in this industry. Part of the problem appears to be related to working conditions. Truck drivers earn an average of $40,260 annually, spend a long time away from families and have a stressful job. They also work long hours at a dangerous and demanding job. All of this may be preventing new drivers from entering the profession. It may also be contributing to turnover rates.

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The driver shortage is a serious one, with some estimates suggesting the unmet need amounts to about 100,000 commercial drivers.

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One argument for self-driving trucks is that many trucking accidents are caused by human errors and human factors. Whether you agree with the idea of self-driving trucks or not, there’s no doubt that on-the-road mistakes made by passenger car and truck drivers do lead to collisions.

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The most common human factors causing car accidents in Homestead and across Florida include:

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Trucks carry cargo all over the state and all across the country. Unfortunately, sometimes debris falls from trucks and ends up on our roads. In some cases, this debris is dangerous and can cause a secondary car accident when your car drives over it.

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Even though you may not be able to prevent cargo falling from trucks, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of debris-related crashes. If you want to take steps to avoid road debris accidents in Hialeah or your South Florida community, you will want to:

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