Residents of the greater Hillsborough area who have heard of sleep apnea may think of it as a condition that causes people to snore. They may even recognize that those with this condition may need to wear a mask at night to help them breathe better.
Residents of Tampa put a lot of trust in the drivers of limos, buses, taxis and other forms of commercial mass transit, This even includes the relatively new ride-share companies that are now common in Florida, like Uber and Lyft.
By now, most people in the Tampa area who pay attention to the news have probably heard of the horrifically tragic limousine accident in another state.
Although there are rules in place that require many if not most truckers to take periodic breaks from driving, trucker fatigue is still a very serious, and all too common, problem on the roads of the Tampa area and in other parts of Florida.
A dump truck driver traveling on U.S highway 301 collided head on with a passenger car, injuring three children from the greater Tampa area, resulting in injuring one them critically. The other two children were listed in serious condition. The woman who was driving the car that was struck was a 40-year-old who seems to have been the children's mom and has also suffered serious injuries
Bus accidents and other accidents involving large commercial vehicles are quite likely to leave at least one person seriously injured.
Unfortunately, the greater Tampa area is on a record-setting pace this year with respect to the frequency of school bus accidents, with many area counties seeing a marked increase in the number of these types of accidents. Hillsborough County, for instance, is on pace to be up 25 percent over 2017.
When a commercial vehicle is involved in a traffic accident, matters can be more complicated than in crashes between passenger vehicles. This is because commercial vehicles may be regulated by overlapping state and federal laws. Thus, when a commercial vehicle accident occurs in Florida, the investigation could involve local and state authorities, as well as federal agencies like the National Transportation Safety Board.
Victims may suffer serious injuries and harm in a bus accident or other commercial vehicle accident. Buses, and some other forms of public transportation, such as trains, planes and taxis, are referred to as "common carriers." Common carriers transport goods and individuals and are subject to certain requirements and liability, such as in a bus accident.
A previous post on this blog talked about the dangers speeding truck drivers present to other motorists in the Hillsborough and other parts of the Tampa area. Not only do drivers who speed have less of a chance of being able to stop for an accident, but, should they get in to a wreck, the momentum of their speeding truck is far more likely to cause serious damage to whatever, or whomever, it hits.