Speed, Location, Direction of Travel, and Other Data can Help Determine What Caused a Crash
Air travel is a very safe way to get from point to another but when there is a crash investigators immediately attempt to find the black boxes. The truth is the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorders are actually bright orange but the name originated with warplanes in World War 2 and it has stayed around.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety a total of 4,119 people died in large truck crashes in 2019. Sixteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 67 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 31 percent higher in 2019 than in 2009, when it was the lowest it has been since the collection of fatal crash data began in 1975. The number of truck occupants who died was 51 percent higher than in 2009.
Many people aren’t aware that almost all large commercial trucks and many passenger vehicles also have data recorders installed. These amazing devices can answer questions about a collision such as:
- What was the speed of the vehicle at the time of the collision?
- What was the direction of travel?
- Were the brakes applied?
- Was the tire pressure correct?
- Were the seat belts engaged and did the airbag deploy?
- What was the vehicle’s GPS position during and before the collision?
- Was there a video in use during the crash?
All this information can be very helpful when trying to determine the cause of a crash.
The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus never overlooks a single detail when it comes to investigating an accident. Witness testimony, outside video sources, physical evidence, and police reports are some of the sources we will examine to best serve the needs of our clients.
If you’re involved in a crash with any size truck we are happy to speak with you about protecting your rights to proper medical care and compensation for you injuries and damages.
We’re available 7 days a week at 954-356-0006
Large Truck Collision Personal Injury Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale and Weston, Florida
Tractor Trailer Collisions Can Cause Extensive Damage and Injuries
If it seems to you there are more trucks than ever on the road, you’re right. More people are staying home and ordering online instead of going to the store so more trucks are needed to bring products from the factories to individual homes.
Estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say there are about 282 million vehicles on U.S. roads and over 15 million of them are trucks.
Just by their sheer weight and large size, trucks have the potential to cause very serious damage to persons and property when they are involved in a collision and thousands of people are seriously injured in accidents involving trucks every year. Often it is difficult determining who or what is at fault in an accident and with trucks it is also difficult to immediately know who even owns the truck.
There are approximately 500,000 accidents involving trucks each year with about 5,000 of them resulting in fatal injuries.
When a driver is injured in an accident with a truck there are a number of facts that need to be discovered quickly:
- Who Owns the Truck?
- Was the Truck Maintained Properly?
- Was the Driver of the Truck Properly Licensed?
- Does the Owner of the Truck Follow Rules about Driver Rest Periods?
- What actually Caused the Accident?
- Is there Sufficient Insurance on the Truck and Driver?
All these questions must be answered promptly and accurately so the victims can pursue whatever legal options are available to help them pay for injuries and damages.
Our experience dealing with complex accident cases in south Florida extends from 1992 through today and we are committed to an attorney-client relationship that puts our client first.
The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus is available for free consultation by video or in person seven days a week and you can reach us at (954) 356-0006.
South Florida Truck Accident Attorneys