Given the sheer size and weight of commercial vehicles, such as semi-trucks, it should come as no surprise to learn that trucking accidents in Miami tend to result in more devastating injuries than any other type of traffic accident.
According to 2017 statistics, one in every nine traffic fatalities results from a trucking accident, amounting to 4,229 deaths in that year alone, with an additional 90,000 people sustaining injuries. 75% of these fatal injuries were inflicted on motorists, passengers, or pedestrians who were not in the truck at the time of the collision.
There are specific laws which apply to commercial trucking companies, their vehicles, and their drivers, meaning that, when you or a loved one have been injured in this type of accident, you need legal representation from a Miami attorney with specific trucking accident experience. The Miami trucking accident attorneys at Dante Law Firm have successfully handled numerous similar cases, and are ready and waiting to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
The National Transportation Safety Board Wants to Reduce Trucking Accidents
Whether you are based in Miami or elsewhere in the United States, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) want to reduce the likelihood of you being involved in a trucking accident. Some of the safety measures currently on their wish-list include:
Prohibit holders of commercial driver’s licenses, who are driving under the authority of the passenger-carrying or school bus endorsement, from using a cellphone
Requiring the use of electronic onboard recorders to improve the recording and maintenance of data relating to hours of service
Banning motor carriers who have been found guilty of putting defective vehicles on the road, or using unqualified drivers
Establish a comprehensive medical program for interstate commercial vehicle drivers
Ensure that examiners are fully trained and up-to-date
Track all medical certificate applications
Enhance oversight and enforcement of invalid certificates
Provide mechanisms for reporting safety concerns
Use adaptive cruise control and collision warning systems to reduce rear-end accidents
Redesign motor-coach rear windows so passengers can more easily escape through them
Issue standards for stronger bus roofs, to be enforced on all new vehicles
Devise new standards to prevent motor-coach passengers from being ejected from their seats when the vehicle is involved in a collision
Common Causes of Miami Trucking Accidents
A Dante Law Firm trucking accident attorney is highly-experienced and skilled in handling all manner of Miami trucking accidents. Although each accident has its own individual set of circumstances and contributing factors, some of those we encounter most frequently include:
Tired drivers, who have driven for too many hours without sufficient rest breaks
Truck drivers working while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Failure to yield the right of way to other motorists
Unsafe safety systems, including reflectors, warning lights, and others
Lack of training, or an unqualified or inexperienced driver
Poorly maintained brakes or tires on the truck
Driving in poor visibility, caused by fog, rain, smoke, or other weather conditions
Driving at excessive speeds
However your Miami trucking accident was caused, an expert attorney from Dante Law Firm could help you to recover the compensation you are entitled to. To schedule your free initial consultation, call us today on (305) 949-2526.