Archive for November, 2020

Disturbing Truck Accident Statistics Are Sobering for Miami

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

A to Z Injury Law continues a review of motorist injuries and fatalities

While our previous blog touched on the rising danger of truck accidents and fatalities in Miami, we wanted to revisit the subject with some alarming statistics we discovered in the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle report “Traffic Crash Facts 2018.”

Did you know there is an average of more than 16,000 large truck collisions in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties each year? Of those, approximately 3,000 involve injuries or fatalities. Let’s break that down even further by county:

  • An average of 720 people are injured and 15 people killed in truck collisions in Palm Beach County every year. The number of deaths went down from 2017 to 2018, however injuries rose by a third.
  • Broward County experiences 892 injuries with 13 truck accident fatalities over the course of a year. Even more alarming is that the number of deaths doubled from 2017 to 2018. We are still waiting to find out if that trend continued over the next 2 years.
  • Miami-Dade reported 1,227 injuries during that period, with the most casualties at 21 deaths a year on average.

How does it happen?

To be completely honest, truck accidents most often happen because of careless truck drivers. When looking at the data accumulated from the citations truckers most frequently receive as moving violations, there are some specific forms of negligence that emerges.

Whether it is speeding, improper lane changes and turns, following too closely, reckless driving, drunk or drugged driving, or failure to obey a traffic device (such as running a red light), it really illustrates the fact that truck drivers can have as high a rate of inconsiderate drivers as the general population…they can just do a lot more damage.

Can you avoid these life-threatening accidents?

Driving defensively is always a good start. A truck tractor and trailer can take up to five time the length of a passenger vehicle. If a driver moves into an adjacent lane abruptly, that length becomes a tremendous liability. Plan ahead and monitor the space around large vehicles traveling in your vicinity. Double check your blind spots and the blind spots of the trucks around you. Try not to make abrupt lane movements and always use your turn signals before moving into a different lane.

Are you a victim of a truck accident?

If you have been injured or, heaven forbid, have lost a loved one in a crash that involved a semi-tractor trailer, 18-wheeler, or other industrial vehicle, Florida law does offer you opportunities for recompense. You can rely on the legal team at A to Z Injury Law to guide you through the legal process and help you recover fair compensation for your losses.

The first step in trying to recover compensation will be filing a claim with the truck driver’s insurer, which covers up to $750,000 in damages by law. If the insurance company refuses to settle, you may then have to take your case to court. If successful, you will be able to recover amounts for Medical Costs, Pain and Suffering, and Emotional Distress.

You may also be entitled to recover monetary damages from all the individuals responsible for the truck accident, which can include parties beyond the truck operator and insurance company. The driver’s employer, the owner of the truck, the trucking company…there may be several codefendants sharing in the liability.

While truck accidents are nowhere near as common as other motor vehicle collisions, they also tend to be the most catastrophic incidents on the road. Per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), large commercial vehicles account for approximately 13% of all traffic deaths in the US, while Florida is among the top 10 of all states in highest percentages of fatal truck crashes.

When you need to choose an Accident Lawyer for your Truck Injury case, call A to Z Injury Law

A to Z Injury Law will provide you with a no-cost consultation with one of our experienced truck accident attorneys in Miami. If you are a surviving family member of someone who was injured or killed in an accident involving a pickup, semi tractor, 18-wheeler or other commercial van or vehicle, contact us for help. That’s why we’re here.

Truck Accidents and Fatalities Are On the Rise in Miami

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

Truck Accidents and Fatalities Are On the Rise in Miami

Miami is infamous for having some of the most chaotic traffic in the country. Whether you’re trying to make it to work through Kendall Dr. and SW 117th early in the morning, trying to get to Wynwood from Brickell City Centre midday or navigating the Golden Glades Interchange during rush hour, you know how bad Miami’s roads and intersections can be.

It’s highly likely that with all of the really bad traffic you’ve had to steer through, you’ve been involved in an accident at least once.

And because Miami is a transportation hub for the Carribean, Central and South America, some of you have been involved in semi-tractor trailer truck accidents as well.

According to the Miami Herald, the number of fatalities stemming from wrecks involving semi tractor trailers and other commercial trucks is surging nationally, making our highways increasingly perilous for drivers.

The legal team at A to Z Injury Law knows this too. Members of our team have been where you are right now. Faced with an unpleasant outcome of a bad trucking accident on I-95 or A1A, you have to decide if you are going to sue the trucker that nearly crushed your vehicle into nothingness. Physical pain doesn’t end, but getting the money you need to pay all of your medical bills and pay for the physical therapy you will need going forward helps. Let’s take a look at just how Miami traffic shapes a lot of these lawsuits.

Trucking Injuries Are Not Likely to Dissipate Any Time Soon

The Port of Miami is the shipping hub of the state. So much GDP (gross domestic product) ships out here and imports from other countries comes in. As a result, thousands of trucks each year head into Miami and then back out again. It is a big reason why the traffic is so congested and so dangerous. A truck injury is almost inevitable.

Just to give you an idea of the enormous flow of traffic, Port of Miami processes billions of dollars of imports into the city and onto trucks each year. Even with the 2019 infrastructure improvements to move traffic out of Downtown Miami and directly onto the highway, traffic is still bad and accidents are severe.

As an example, in 2014 14,000 Miami residents were seen in hospital emergency rooms for traffic-related injuries for a car or truck accident. Over a 1,000 were hospitalized overnight, and 99 died in these motor vehicle crashes. A big percentage of those were truck accidents. Any truck accident, no matter how “minor,” was recorded as data for research purposes.

In 2017, there were 34,247 fatal crashes in the U.S.. Of those, 4,455 crashes involved a heavy commercial truck. This goes to show that no matter how good the roads or how many improvements are made, truck crashes happen and will continue to happen. It’s up to you to decide how you handle what happens to you when you are in a truck crash or lose a loved one to a trucking accident in Miami.

The data can be found on on Floridahealth.gov as well as Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website.

Choosing an Accident Lawyer for Your Truck Injury Case

A to Z Injury law will provide you with a no-cost to you consultation with one of our experienced Miami truck accident attorneys. If you are a surviving family member of someone that was injured or killed in an accident involving a pick up truck, semi tractor trailer / 18 wheeler or other truck, van or commercial vehicle, contact us for help. That’s what our lawyers are here for. You can ask us anything. At A to Z Injury Law our credo is – We’re With You, All the Way!.”

 

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