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During the Halloween season, car drivers and parents are cautioned to be extra cautious about trick-or-treaters and the risk of pedestrian accidents on October 31. However, keep in mind that even during the day of the 31st, you need to be concerned about more than candy and car drivers. Truck accidents can be a concern on Halloween, too.

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On the evening of October 31, trucks are generally not to be found around residential areas. Many deliveries are over by the time Halloween trick or treating starts. However, truck accidents in Hollywood and south Florida can still be a concern at this time of year for three main reasons:

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Professional truck drivers are some of the safest drivers on the road. To drive a commercial truck, drivers spend considerable time getting an education and training in order to operate a tractor-trailer, tanker, or other heavy commercial truck. Professional truck drivers pride themselves on knowing the roads, and they have some insights on staying safe in traffic.

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Professional drivers generally agree that car drivers can stay safer on the road, even when driving around trucks, by:

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This holiday weekend, more travelers will be on the roads. From revelers headed to Independence Day festivities in Homestead, Miami, and other communities to tourists taking advantage of the holiday weekend to visit Florida, there will be more cars on the road. As more events take place, trucks will also be on the roadways in greater numbers, delivering products to special events.

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If you are driving anywhere this weekend, you will be sharing the streets with other road users. Here are some tips to get to your destinations safely:

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At this time of year, there may be more truck traffic at your home. You may be getting home décor items delivered, getting new furniture for entertaining, or getting someone to help with outdoor decorations. Many delivery drivers are busier than ever at this time of year and many service trucks are also on the road for longer hours as more of us get ready for the season.

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Increased delivery truck traffic is not all bad; it can actually be safer for you. Getting someone to hang your holiday lights for you, for example, can help you avoid the risk of a serious fall injury. Having a store deliver large items (such as furniture) is also much safer than trying to squeeze large items in your car until your visibility is compromised.

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Miami-Dade police are looking for people involved in the reported theft of two semi-truck trailers from a Costco parking lot. The trailers contained what is reported to be about $18,000 worth of Christmas trees. According to authorities, trailers had a pin lock and satellite tracking. However, the pin lock may not have been engaged and the tracking was disabled at some point during the night of the theft.

This incident highlights a disturbing trend occurring during the holidays; trailer and cargo thefts. The cargo in trailers sometimes represents a significant temptation for thieves, since the cargo headed for customers and stores can usually be sold for profits. Electronics are one of the most commonly stolen cargo items, although food and drink and pharmaceutical shipments are also commonly targeted.

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Now that the holidays are rapidly approaching, there may be more trucks on the roads. Stores are ordering more products to keep up with the holiday rush and more stores are offering delivery services. Customers are ordering more products and services for the holidays, too, putting more trucks on the roads.

For many truck drivers, this is the “busy” season of the year, and that can also make it more dangerous. More traffic and tighter deadlines can lead to deadly accidents on our Hollywood highways and roadways.

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Back-to-school sales are at all the stores, and this is great news for retailers. Many stores report a huge surge in shoppers around this time of year, which is great news for the economy and local businesses. If you are headed to back-to-school sales, however, you need to be aware that there may be an increased risk of truck accidents as well as an increased opportunity for bargains at this time of year.

Stores are ordering more products to fill the shelves, and this can mean more stores are having more goods delivered by truck. In addition, stores offering delivery may be relying on couriers and delivery trucks to get purchase items to their customers. All of this can mean more traffic, especially around stores. If you are injured in a truck accident in Hollywood or South Florida, do not hesitate to contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation to talk about your options.

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Not all truck accidents in Hollywood and Florida are the same. Depending on the type of truck that was involved in your collision, you may have very different injuries or you may have a different risk for serious injuries:

1) Delivery trucks.

Delivery trucks tend to be light trucks, and one of the biggest dangers with these types of vehicles is that they make frequent, unexpected stops. They may also have to park in unusual spots to deliver their cargo, creating a risk of rear end accidents and other types of collisions.file8521270048939

 

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Courier trucks and delivery trucks in Miami Gardens and other South Florida communities are usually owned by private businesses and deliver a range of products to customers and companies. You may rely on delivery trucks if you buy furniture from a furniture warehouse, for example, or your business may depend on a courier truck to get new office supplies or new office equipment to your offices.

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While these light trucks have an important role to play in business and in our lives, these vehicles can and do get into severe accidents in Miami Gardens and other communities. Drivers operating lighter courier trucks and delivery vans are often on a tight deadline and tend to drive in unfamiliar areas to make deliveries. This can be a disastrous combination, especially when combined with an inexperienced or undertrained driver.

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Flatbed trucks are commercial trucks with a weight of at least 10,000 pounds (not including cargo or passengers). In a tractor-trailer, the cargo is hitched to the cab and the cab can be completely separated from the trailer carrying the cargo. This is not the case with the flatbed truck. With a flatbed truck, the flatbed is open and is attached directly and permanently to the truck’s chassis.

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Flatbed trucks are often used to transport large, heavy, and unwieldy cargo. For example, these vehicles are commonly used to transport manufactured homes, lumber, building materials, vehicles, logs, and other large objects. One of the dangers with this is that the cargo can shift during an impact in an accident and the cargo can become loose or can shift forward and back, causing damage to the cab guards and striking the driver.

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