While a spilled log truck on Hwy. 97 in Escambia slowed traffic for hours on Monday, the two-vehicle accident thankfully resulted in no serious injuries for either driver, NorthEscambia.com reports.
But a dumped load of heavy logs that spread across the highway and into a homeowner’s yard — and a rolled and twisted trailer frame — illustrate just how dangerous and potentially deadly a South Florida trucking accident can be.
With 20 years of experience representing hundreds of South Florida accident cases, trucking accident attorneys with the Hollander Law Firm know how to fight for the rights of their clients against large national trucking operations, insurance companies and corporations.
A 2008 NHTSA report indicates that 11 percent of all reported traffic fatalities in the U.S. involved large trucks, claiming 4,229 lives and causing injury to 90,000 passengers, drivers and pedestrians. More than 70 percent of those killed or injured in collisions involving large trucks are occupants of other vehicles.
Nationwide, one out of nine traffic fatalities involved a large truck, and they are four times more likely to be involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle crash than a passenger car.
Florida, with 269 deaths, ranks only behind Texas and California for fatal large truck accidents. Florida trucking accidents are often complex cases because commercial drivers are required to follow strict state and federal safety and operational guidelines specific to the trucking industry.
Also, given the travel-based nature of their work, it is common for commercial drivers to hold licenses, work for and be insured by out-of-state companies, which can further complicate filing a claim to seek damages for injury or loss in the wake of a serious accident.