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Florida rest stops for truckers and motorists

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Good news for truck drivers and all Florida motorists.  The Florida Department of Transportation operates 53 rest areas along Florida’s interstate highways.  These rest areas provide a comfortable, safe, and secure place for those traveling in Florida to stop and rest.  Most of rest areas are about 45 minutes apart from each other.  They give…

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Tractor-trailer statistics

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Did you know that there are over 3,000 tractor-trailer accidents every year in Florida?  Many are because of driver negligence or fatigue.  Some are simply because of reckless driving, which includes speeding, failure to yield right of way, weaving in and out of lanes and just not paying attention. Because of the huge size of…

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Tallahassee big-rig accident

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According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 27-year old woman, was weaving in and out of the northbound lanes while driving the wrong way on US 27 late the other night.  A semi-truck driver, spotted the weaving car and swerved to avoid a head-on collision.  Unfortunately, they ended up side-swiping each other and both vehicles stopped…

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Fatal accident on U. S. 27

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Recently a trucker stopped his semi-truck in a northbound lane on Highway U.S. 27 in Clewiston, Florida.  The semi flipped on its side.  A witness said it sounded like a bomb going off.  Another trucker, stopped in front of the truck to see if he could help.   Another driver crashed directly into the disabled truck…

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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 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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