Every year, an alarming number of Americans are seriously injured and killed in truck accidents. These tragedies take place in Ocala and across the state of Florida for all sorts of reasons and every case is different. For example, a pedestrian may be struck by a drunk truck driver or someone suffering from truck driver fatigue may cause a multi-vehicle accident. At the King Law Firm, we believe it's crucial for victims of an accident that was caused by negligence to hold an irresponsible driver or truck company accountable for the pain they have caused.
Trucking safety can affect many other people than just those who are involved in the trucking industry. Lawmakers, regulators and the industry itself are all supposed to work together toward making tucking safer, which ultimately means safer highways for everyone. Drivers in Ocala may be interested in some recent developments that could impact trucking safety in the future.
Most people in Ocala who suffer injuries from an accident are primarily concerned with medical treatment and recovery. Likewise, family members often rally around their loved ones to support and encourage their speedy and full recovery. This is especially true when the accident results in serious injuries that could have been fatal.
Florida drivers may not be aware that per rules issued jointly by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, interstate operators of buses and semi-trucks, along with other drivers that transport certain amounts of hazardous substances, may not text or use cellphones while driving. If drivers violate these rules they could be subject to driver disqualification. They could also be fined as much as $2,750, and such a violation will have an effect on the driver's Safety Measurement System results. If a motor carrier requires drivers to text or use a handheld cellphone while operating their vehicles, they may be fined as much as $11,000.
Ocala's central location in the state of Florida means that many people pass through the area on their way to other parts of the state. For example, Interstate 75, which spans north to south through a large swath of the country, passes through Ocala and runs all the way south to Miami.
An equipment malfunction on any kind of motor vehicle can lead to a dangerous situation for anyone in that vehicle, as well as other people nearby. The danger can increase when the faulty equipment is on a big rig. A recent fatal accident near Ocala was the result of this kind of equipment problem.
A few months ago, the famous actor and comedian, Tracy Morgan, was involved in a terrible truck accident that caused the death of one of his friends and left Morgan with serious injuries. Given that the truck driver who caused the accident was allegedly sleep-deprived at the time, the story has drawn considerable attention to the issue of truck driver fatigue. However, tractor-trailer accidents can result from a variety of other causes, including overloading.
Getting in an accident with a big rig truck is probably a scary thought for most people in Ocala who frequently drive. Truck accidents often result in substantial damage to smaller vehicles, which also can mean serious injuries and even death for the occupants of those vehicles. This is why the federal government imposes strict regulations when it comes to operating a large truck.
State Road 40 is a major route in Central Florida that runs all the way from the east coast to the west coast of the state. The route passes through Ocala and most area residents are probably used to seeing all kinds of vehicles on it. For example, large trucks carrying goods from one side of the state have a constant presence on S.R. 40.