According to U.S. census figures, Florida is now the second fastest-growing state in the nation behind Texas. Over 1,000 people a day are moving to our state and it is estimated that by the end of 2019 there will be over 21.3 million people who will reside in Florida. With expansive growth comes many issues this state must face, but none is more important than the increase in the number of cars and trucks congesting our roadways and towns. As the number of vehicles increase, so does the number of truck accident injuries that occur each day in our state.
Additionally, Florida is experiencing record numbers of tourists and visitors arriving each day due to the nationwide economic recovery. The majority of these visitors arrive by car and, unfortunately, last year the state of Florida saw an increase in the number of automobile and truck accidents that resulted in injuries and, in some cases, death.
Florida is also very fortunate for the growth in its trucking industry because of the increased population and the infrastructure of roadways connecting the southeast with the rest of the nation.
I-95 and I-10 serve as two of the most important interstates in the state of Florida. Because of this, automobile drivers in Florida are more at risk of being in a trucking accident than people in other areas of the country. Trucking accidents are more common than most people realize.
Causes of Florida Trucking Accidents
Last year in the state of Florida, there were hundreds of truck and semi-truck accidents. Flatbed and Enclosed Box Trucks are involved in the majority of truck accident injuries in Florida.
Imagine the damage that can occur to you, your passengers and your car if a negligent truck driver hits you. It is the truck driver’s responsibility at all times, to keep his vehicle under control because of the size, weight (up to 80,000 lbs), and the speed at which these trucks travel.
Many of these truck and semi-truck accidents occur, in part, because of the individual truck driver’s own negligence. Long hours, hazardous weather conditions, and increased traffic congestion contribute to these accidents, but most accidents are caused by careless drivers making poor decisions at critical times, resulting in injuries that could have been avoided.
Of all traffic-related fatalities nationwide, 12% are caused by truck drivers and 98% of the time it is someone in the vehicle other than the truck who dies as a result
Fighting for Accident Victims & Their Families
Will Kurtz is an experienced truck accident injury lawyer in Jacksonville. He has devoted his entire career fighting insurance companies on behalf of injured accident victims. Our legal team understands how insurance companies work, and we have been very successful in demanding the maximum recovery for our clients.
If you have been in a truck accident, we are here to help you through the process. We have successfully represented accident victims who have been injured due to someone else’s negligence. We will do whatever we can to help you recover the maximum possible compensation. If you have been injured in a traffic accident and someone else was to blame, call us at (904) 674-3390 for a free case evaluation. In fact, if we handle your case, you pay absolutely no legal fees and costs unless we win.