Large Trucks Involved in Increasing Number of Accidents on Florida Roadways
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL. – According to a news report posted online at wfla.com, large trucks are becoming involved in an increasing number of accidents on Florida roadways, especially on Interstate 75. A fatal crash that occurred on the interstate recently involved a dump truck, and it represents one in a long list of deadly large truck accidents to occur on I-75 and elsewhere in the state.*
The latest large truck accident on I-75 happened between the exits to Fowler and Fletcher Avenue in Hillsborough County, Florida. Earlier in 2019, a semi-truck collided with another vehicle on I-75 North in Alachua County, Florida. Seven people tragically died in this accident, according to WFLA, including five children. Crash data shows that large trucks are contributing to the risks motorists face on Florida roads.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 4,300 people in Florida died in vehicle collisions involving large trucks in 2016. More than 70 percent of the victims in these fatal crashes were riding in vehicles other than the large trucks. Large trucks were more likely that year to be involved in deadly multi-vehicle wrecks than other passenger vehicles, NHTSA said.
NHTSA reports that in 2018, a total of 32,513 crashes involving trucks at or over 10,000 pounds occurred in Florida. Both state officials and trucking companies are working to come up with solutions to the safety issues. The Florida Department of Transportation has looked into improving or replacing I-75. No plans for the interstate have been approved at this time.
In addition, trucking carriers are experimenting with self-driving trucks for transporting goods in Florida and around the country. Eliminating the possibility for human error will help save lives, they say, as many large truck accidents happen because drivers are distracted, use poor judgment, or fall asleep at the wheel.
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