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Kissimmee crash

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The Florida Turnpike was the scene of a fire that shut it down.  The fire, shooting flames into the air, happened due to several tractor-trailers involved in a collision.  The truck driver and his passenger were injured and taken to a local hospital – their injuries were not life threatening. Investigators believe the refrigeration unit…

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Florida big rig statistics

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Are you aware that in a given year, Florida drivers are involved in more than 3,000 big rig accidents?  In the United States, there are over 50,000 large truck accidents with about 5,000 of those accidents involving fatalities (see the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website at http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov). In the fatal crashes, 39% were because…

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Driver fatigue causes accidents

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Unfortunately, too many truck drivers continue to drive when they are exhausted.  Most trucking companies pay their drivers when he or she makes delivery.  Did you know that 40% of truck accidents are because of driver fatigue?  The Federal government prohibits a driver from driving more than 10 hours but some drivers do not abide…

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Truck accident responsibility

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Truck accidents happen every day in Florida.  Having an accident with an 18-wheeler can cause serious injury and sometimes death.  A passenger vehicle has little chance of survival against a fully loaded 18-wheeler.   Under Federal Law, Title 49, Chapter III, “the liability of the trucking company is statutory in addition to general common law”. …

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Truck driver fatigue

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An 18-wheeler can cause a lot of damage and injury if it crashes into a passenger vehicle.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s statistics show that more than 20,000 people are injured in big rig accidents each year. One of the main reasons for big rig accidents is driver fatigue and drowsiness.  It is easy…

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Bad economy and trucking accidents

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I read recently that some experts believe that the poor economy may lead to more trucking accidents.  Statistics show that about 100 people die each week from a trucking accident, while hundreds sustain serious brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other life-altering injuries. During the holidays, there seems to be more drivers on the roads…

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Commercial trucks and drugs/alcohol

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All truck companies must test their drivers for drugs and/or alcohol before allowing them to take to the road.  They also must investigate to see if their drivers ever had a drug or alcohol problem in the past.  It is unfortunate that some companies do not perform the appropriate background checks.  As a result, unsafe…

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Unsafe commercial trucks

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The Collier County Sheriff’s department is cracking down on unsafe commercial trucks in the southern part of Florida.  The Sheriff is warning motorists to use caution when driving near a commercial truck.  A semi truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when it is fully loaded.  That is about 20 times the weight of…

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