Well known for it’s beautiful beaches, tourist attractions and unique cultural flavors, Florida attracts hundreds of thousands of travelers each year. The most popular destinations are already densely populated with motorists. Combine all of this traffic with the many large trucks needed to keep Florida industries running smoothly and you’ve got a perfect storm for deadly truck crashes.
Florida Ranks Third in the Nation for Fatal Crashes with Large Trucks
On average, large trucks weigh 10 times more than your average automobile. When an 18-wheeler weighing 30,000 pounds hits a 3,000-pound Toyota Camry at 60 mph you have a deadly recipe for disaster.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Florida had 194 fatal truck crashes in 2012. This ranked third in the nation for fatal crashes with trucks, which the report classified as trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds.
To understand just how dangerous Florida truck crashes can be:
- 45,637 vehicles were involved in fatal crashes in 2012 nationwide.
- 3,802 of these vehicles involved in fatal crashes were large trucks.
- 3,921 people were killed in crashes with trucks nationwide.
Florida accounted for 5% of these truck crash fatalities behind Texas and California. This makes Florida one of the deadliest places to drive in the nation.
Lawyers Working to Make the Roads Safer from Killer Trucks
Floridians continue to be injured and killed by large trucks despite the many regulations and laws in place to make the roads safer. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath have handled hundreds of cases involving large trucks. Since 1985 our team of experienced attorneys have taken on the most powerful trucking companies and insurance giants, winning millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a crash with a truck then call the Law Offices of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath today. We can help you determine whether you are entitled to compensation to cover medical expenses, pain, emotional distress lost wages and more. Please contact our firm to have an experienced Florida accident lawyer to represent you.
If you have any questions on this blog or need information on other personal injury queries, please call the Law offices of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath located in West Palm Beach at 1-800 4-RIGHTS (1-800- 474-4487) We welcome your call and look forward to helping you.