Large trucks can be an intimidating sight on the road in Tampa with good reason. These vehicles are naturally dangerous because of their sheer size, but that's not the only reason they can cause injury and fatality in truck accident. Drivers of these vehicles are required to adhere to federal trucking regulations when it comes to safety. On the same token, the company that owns the truck is also required to ensure that the vehicles are properly maintained and safe.
While the majority of truck drivers are competent and professional, and they take their work seriously, it's probably unavoidable that the monotony of the work will lead to minor or major lapses in concentration. Perhaps it's possible that the driver is so experienced that strict attention to the road isn't required to keep everyone safe.
Florida residents are aware of the differences between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle. Trucks such as tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers are larger, heavier and more difficult to drive than cars.
Large trucks, such as 18-wheelers, semi-trailer trucks and tractor-trailers, play a significant role in the nation's economy, and even businesses in Tampa, Florida. Thus, the number of trucks traveling our roadways will remain steady over the coming years. As this happens, both drivers and truckers should know how they can share the road safely and free from possible trucking accidents.
Few people want to think about it when they are out driving on Florida's roads and highways, but every commercial truck they encounter is a potential threat. Whether the dangers are ever realized by motorists and pedestrians depends on how attentive truck drivers are to weather, road and traffic conditions. Unfortunately, a trucking accident has a high probability of causing severe injuries or killing someone.
Manufacturers and distributors throughout the country, including Florida, rely on trucking companies to deliver their materials and goods at all hours of the day and night every day of the year. Because many truckers are required to meet strict schedules and delivery deadlines, some of them violate federal and state highway rules and regulations, putting the lives of other people at risk. Any trucking accident caused by speeding, failure to yield to the right of way or not observing traffic signs and lights is likely to injure or kill other motorists.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency that establishes rules and regulations for buses and large trucks that are aimed in large part at protecting public safety across the country, including Florida. FMCSA's enforcement efforts are being redoubled in view of recent statistics that showed 3,514 people were killed in vehicular accidents involving large trucks in 2012. The agency has determined that too many of these crashes were caused by inattentive truck drivers.
Tampa residents are probably used to sharing the roads with large commercial trucks such as tractor-trailers. These vehicle move two-thirds of the freight across the United States with nearly 11 million trucks traveling the road each year. Despite this large number of trucks, they only make up 4.7 percent of all vehicles in the country - but 12.4 percent of all fatal vehicular accidents. The fatality rate for truck accidents is 17 percent higher than the fatality rate for passenger vehicles.
Comedian and comic actor, Tracy Morgan, is known to millions of Americans, including Floridians, especially for his over-the-top performance in TV's "30 Rock." Morgan's life took a tragic turn in early June when he and several others were involved in a tractor-trailer accident that left him and two others badly injured and one friend dead.
Commercial trucks can carry heavy loads, and in Florida, like elsewhere in the country, these can range from farm products to building materials to livestock. Trucking companies and their drivers not only must ensure that their loads are delivered on schedule but also that they travel over roads and highways safely.