Florida has more trucking accidents causing serious injuries and death than almost any other state in the nation. A study performed by the Department of Transportation in 2012 shows that only Texas and California has more fatal trucking accidents than those that happen in Florida. Of the 3,428 fatal accidents that happened in Florida in 2012, 194 involved large trucks. This presents a host of problems for Panama City drivers.
Large trucks are exponentially larger than the average vehicle on the road, so being an accident with one will most likely cause serious injury or even death. People injured in a truck accident must count on their ability to collect from the trucking company, driver, or the company's insurer to pay for their injuries and pain and suffering. But sometimes the cost of the injury exceeds what the company or insurer can cover.
Federal Government May Increase Truck Driver's Insurance
The trend of large trucks causing catastrophic injuries in the Panama City area and elsewhere is increasing. That trend has the federal government on notice, and they may act soon to further protect drivers. Currently, the federal government requires large trucks driving in Florida to carry $750,000 dollars in minimum insurance protections. But the $750,000 minimum may change soon.
A recent report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to Congress claims that the current insurance minimums are not enough because, in part, of the rise of medical costs. The same report also claimed that severe injuries from a large truck accident can easily exceed $1 million. As a result, the agency plans on raising minimum coverage requirements in the near future.
Florida Trucking Accident Laws
In Florida, accidents involving large trucks fall under the same set of laws as accidents in general. Under Florida law, all drivers are required to drive responsibly and reasonably. In fact, drivers owe a duty to other drivers to drive responsibly and reasonably. If a truck driver chooses to drive over his or her hour limit, or falls asleep while driving, or otherwise acts unreasonably, they are likely to get in an accident. If that accident causes harm to another driver, then the truck driver, his company, and his insurer will be liable for the harm caused. As the above study shows, the costs involved in trucking accidents can reach millions of dollars.
Explaining what Florida trucking laws are is one thing, enforcing them is another. Any victim of a trucking accident has to realize that the trucker, his company, and insurer are experienced in dealing with accidents, and they do not have the victim's best interests at heart. That is why it is extremely important that anyone involved in a trucking accident in the Panama City Florida area have an attorney to equal the experience, tenacity, and knowledge of the trucker's company and insurer.
Not every attorney has the experience and knowledge required to fight for trucking accident victims. It is a kind of law that not just any accident and injury attorney can handle. The Pittman Firm has the experience needed to bring victims of trucking accidents in the Panama City Florida area.
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