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!.”