At this most wonderful time of the year, there are many things that bring people joy, but it also is a time when there are increased commercial truck accidents because of the increased volume of trucks on the road. One of the reasons for the increased large truck traffic is the numerous products that are shipped around the country, as well as the increased inventory in many stores hoping to attract shoppers. When the high number of trucks is compounded by millions of Americans who are traveling for the holidays, there are many horrific crashes.
When there is a higher volume of commercial trucks and passenger vehicles on the road, the risk of accidents increases significantly. After an accident has led to injuries, it is important to contact the right attorneys in order to get the compensation necessary to recover from the crash. The knowledgeable Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 130 years of experience in fighting to get our clients justice after a serious accident.
According to statistics compiled by the United States Department of Transportation, there is an increase of more than 20 percent in traffic over the holiday season. Nationally, more than 10 percent of all vehicle accidents involve tractor-trailers or other commercial trucks. There is a greater risk of serious injuries when there is a large truck involved. All of these factors create a dangerous situation over the holiday season.
One of the issues that contributes in the increased risk of danger at this time of years is that drivers of commercial vehicles often are pushing the limits of time on the road during the holiday season. This leads to driver fatigue. Many times, the drivers actually exceed the permissible hours by falsifying log book information, taking additional jobs with different companies in order to make extra money, and using other means to push beyond the hours on the road beyond the standards established by the federal government.
Although many tractor-trailer drivers or the trucking companies for which they work are responsible for the accidents that happen across South Florida, there are times when a car driver causes the accident. This happens because many passenger vehicle drivers do not consider the unique way in which large tracks handle, as well as the decreased visibility and long stopping distance of these massive trucks. When there are more vehicles on the road, overall, during the holiday season, there is an increased probability of interactions between the different types of vehicles. When there is a serious accident, the occupants in the vehicle are at much greater risk of serious injury than the truck driver. In 2012, there were more than 3,900 fatalities in commercial truck crashes. According to the statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the United States Department of Transportation, 73 percent of the fatalities were occupants of the other vehicle, 18 percent of the fatalities were the truck driver or other occupant of the commercial truck, and 10 percent were third-parties not in any vehicle. Approximately the same number of passenger vehicle occupants were injured in these types of collisions.
It is important for all drivers to be extra careful during this season in order to ensure that everyone has a happy holiday.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Gets the Right Results for Truck Accident Victims
There always is a risk of getting into an accident with a commercial truck anytime a person gets on the road, but this risk increases during the holiday season. If you have been involved in a serious truck accident, the South Florida truck accident law firm of Greenberg Stone and Urbano has more than 30 years of experience in getting the right results for our clients. The firm has received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell in recognition of commitment to our clients. We also were voted one of South Florida's top-rated firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an initial appointment so that we can discuss your case.