When we conjure up images of car accidents, we imagine immediate pain and trauma, followed by the wailing of ambulance sirens. A catastrophe, in other words. The truth is most of us will not have an accident, but if you see reports of the recent car accidents in Orlando, you might think it could happen to you.
Each year, there are approximately 10 million car accidents in the U.S. With so many accidents occurring on the roads, it is virtually impossible to name all the different types of collisions that may occur. However, there are specific types of accidents that occur more frequently than others. One sobering fact is that in 2016 there were 37,461 fatal car accidents, 3174 of those in Florida. As an experienced car accident lawyer in Orlando we know the ins and outs of car accidents based on our own cases as well as Orlando car accident reports.
At 12:30 am on January 17, 2017, 43-year-old Alexis Monroe left her parents home in Summer field, Marion County and headed for Tampa. Earlier that day, the mother of two daughters had an argument with her boyfriend. As was customary whenever she wanted time to cool off, Alexis left for Tampa to spend time with close friends. Her night journey would however end in tragedy shortly thereafter.
A truck accident is not like a car accident. The damage done and injuries sustained are much more severe and death is more likely. Federal rules and regulations govern the trucking industry, making cases more complicated than typical auto accident cases. Case preparation requires knowledge of the specialized technology used by semi trucks, a deep understanding of motor carrier law and industry practices as well as the unique insurance features of the trucking industry.
One of the scariest moments you face as a driver is that millisecond you feel yourself start falling asleep while driving. It’s terrifying. Your sleepiness could be the result of sleep deprivation, which is getting less than 6 hours of sleep at night.
Did You Know: Being awake for 18 hours affects your cognition the same as having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%, which is legally drunk?
Another terrifying moment Florida drivers can face is being being in a truck accident with a commercial vehicle because its driver is too drowsy to drive. Loaded semi trucks can weigh upwards of 80 tons, and their impact is enormous, causing extensive damage to regular cars and trucks.