How Many Truck Accidents Happen Every Year In South Florida?
By Steve Charles on February 12, 2021
Fatal traffic accidents are sadly common all across the US. What’s more, it seems Florida is among the worst to be affected by these troubling trends.
Would you believe that Florida currently ranks #3 in terms of most traffic fatalities caused by semi-trucks in the whole nation? Only Texas and California have recorded more fatalities than the Sunshine State.
If you or your loved ones have been injured in an accident, schedule a free consultation with our truck accident lawyer in Fort Lauderdale.
Truck Accident Trends (2017-2018)
Palm Beach County
Florida’s West Palm Beach reported some very troubling trends for trucking accidents. In 2017, 162 motorists and pedestrians were killed due to fatal crashes, and if this sounds like a lot, this number grew to 183 a year later.
The largest city Fort Lauderdale and all of its surrounding areas reported a total of trucking 41,082 accidents where 237 motorists and pedestrians lost their lives – a 5.33% increase since 2017. However, what was more troubling than these numbers are expected to grow.
Miami-Dada County was probably struck with the worst figures with a total of 64,627 fatal truck accidents. This number may have been lower than the numbers reported in 2017. However, the number of victims killed had grown slightly to 293 from the 291 fatalities recorded in 2017 (and the 3-year average before 2017).
Common Causes For Fatal Truck Accidents
Most truck crashes in South Florida directly resulted from driver carelessness, but carelessness can have a very broad definition. More specifically, Florida’s most dangerous road, Interstate 95 (with 1.73 fatal truck accidents per mile), has witnessed accidents due to the following reasons:
- Drunk driving
- When drivers fail to yield the right-of-way
- Changing lanes erratically or switching lanes without appropriate warning
- Distracted driving (eating, drinking, texting, etc.)
- Falling asleep behind the wheel
- Faulty equipment and worn tires
Have You Been in an Accident?
Contact first responders, e.g. Police, Fire Department and Emergency Medical Personnel. Then collect the contact information of all drivers, their vehicle and license information, and the contact information of potential witnesses on scene.
Trucking accidents can be a traumatic experience and the sheer strength and size of these vehicles are enough to cause substantial injuries, damages to your vehicle, mental anguish and crippling financial losses.
It is time for Floridian motorists to take a stand against the dizzying array of trucking accidents and seek compensation for their losses. Go ahead and schedule a hassle-free, free-of-cost consultation with our experienced personal injury lawyer to review your case and discuss your next plan of action. Call (954) 342-6446