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The Truth About Truck Accidents

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There’s no such thing as a good accident. Even on the big screen, they might seem impressive and all the more eloquent when a major character steps out of the wreckage mostly unharmed. If there is one thing Hollywood seems to believe it’s that car wrecks are not nearly as dangerous as they seem and typically involve the half mile high explosion. While, they may dazzle us on the big screen but in real life, accidents are not exciting and definitely not so easy to walk away from most times. If you have ever seen a “Fast and the Furious” film, especially the latest entries, you should know they completely bend the laws of car physics and physics in general, along with pushing way past the limits of what the human body can endure.

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While Vin Diesel can fly across an interstate and smash into a windshield without any real harm, it takes far less of an accident to cause injury to a normal person. This is especially true when a delivery truck or semi is involved. The effects of an Ormond Beach Truck Accident, even a small one, can be devastating. With so much power and weight behind them, there is little in this world that can stop a semi. This makes it literally impossible for a semi-truck to quickly come to a complete stop.  Traveling at 40 miles per hour, from the time the driver perceives the danger, it would take approximately 169 feet for the truck to come to a complete stop.  Depending on the speed and the cargo, it could take even longer. It can take a minor accident and make it into multiple car pileups.

When you are driving near a semi it is a good idea to take a few precautionary steps.

  • Keep an eye on them and try to avoid driving near them in severe weather. The wind can cause them to move more than usual, making it difficult for them to stay in one lane.
  • If you see traffic that is stopping on an interstate, make sure any semi behind you has enough space to come to a stop. Try not get in front of a semi that is coming to a stop.
  • Remember that trucks have limited range of sight, even with their mirrors. If you have a smaller sized vehicle it’s possible you are out of their line of sight.
  • Trucks make wide right turns. Give them plenty of room if you are either beside them or on the road they are turning onto.
  • Be considerate when in lane merge areas. If a semi is in a merge lane beside you, when safely possible, change lanes so they can enter the highway.  
  • Trucks take longer to get to full speed. Don’t honk your horn because you want them to go faster, it’s hard moving quickly when you have 80,000lbs to pull.

We can not really stress enough how important truck safety is for both the truck driver and those around them. We have to work together to make the roads safer for everyone. Besides, these truck drivers are the ones that deliver everything we use across the country. We owe it to them to make their job a little easier. Also, we will be pretty upset if our Amazon order gets delayed because you caused an accident. It can be a very dangerous situation to find yourself in. So take it from an Ormond Beach Truck Accident Attorney from Rue & Ziffra and give truck drivers the space they need to drive safely.     

 

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Keeping a Town Running

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How do you keep a tourist town up and running? It takes quite a bit of effort on everyone’s part. Stores have to keep stocked with the product for both locals and out of town tourists. Since all that stock can’t come from Florida, it has to be delivered from out of state, in some instances from out of the country. Some stores have this done multiple times a week, such as Wal-Mart and Target. Some stores have their deliveries more spread out such as local stores. Then you have the local delivery trucks that can be running constantly to restock vending machines, special products, and the like.

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Behind the success of all this is the trucking industry. Trucks run day and night to keep Port Orange and really all of America running. You wouldn’t think it possible, but if all the trucks in America stopped for just one day there is no telling how bad the consequences would be. It’s not just the products sold in the stores either though. Even the gas we fill our cars with are all thanks to the trucking industry. They are what connects the farming world with the stores, delivering milk and other products to be packaged and sent out. It is one huge network of responsibility that rests on the shoulders of a few dedicated drivers. While there may be trucks all over the road, they make up a small percentage of the vehicles on the road, and yet they serve such an important role.

With that much responsibility on your shoulders, it means the job can get stressful. You have deadlines to meet, and when that deadline is literally on the other side of the country, you can feel the pressure. Combine this with being stuck in a truck for weeks on end and you wouldn’t be surprised that truck accidents happen. Truck accidents are terrifying ordeals. With such a massive vehicle filled with so many pounds of cargo crashing down on you, it is a miracle to survive such an incident.

If you are on Social Media, there is a good chance you have seen some form of truck accident, either a video or news story about one. Not long ago, Tracy Morgan, a famous actor, was involved in a very serious truck accident. He was seriously injured and others were killed in it. It was a story that was posted all over Facebook and all kinds of news channels. There are other sometimes comical truck accidents such as one that tried driving under a bridge that was too low for it, and more terrifying ones such as a gas truck going off the road because it has caught fire.

They also create potentially miles of traffic from the incident. Because a wrecked semi can easily cover multiple lanes, possibly even all of the lanes. Traffic is another area where accidents can happen, making the entire scenario that much worse. On the lesser end of the consequences, a store can run out of stock, deliveries can get backed up, products can get damaged, and the products have to be moved to a new truck. It is an all-around disaster for everyone involved, even the people who are miles away from the accident.

To help make this trying experience a little easier, Rue & Ziffra can help you get an experienced Port Orange Truck Accident Attorney to represent you in court. They will guide you through the process from beginning to end if you need them to. From the moment of impact to the end of the trial, Rue & Ziffra will be there every step of the way. Visit us at rueziffra.com to learn more or schedule a consultation.

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Keeping America Running

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Do you like Amazon? How about Wal-Mart, Target, Publix, or really any store we frequently visit? It is hard to go anywhere without seeing a franchise of some kind with their large, merchandise filled stores. They make life a lot more convenient all across the country. They bring everything we need into one place. We can buy dinner for the week, pick up a new Blu-Ray to watch afterward, and new pillows for the bed, all in one single trip. Could it get any easier than that? The answer is yes because you can also order all of these things off the internet. Companies like Amazon specialize in ordering and shipping products all across the road.

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   The key behind this successful business model is a nationwide system of delivery trucks. From smaller models that deliver shorter distances to large semi-trailers that drive across the entire country, it can be easily said that truck drivers are what keep the modern market going. They drive long hours, making frequent stops at different distribution centers and stores, and sometimes go weeks before getting to go home. While it is great they are able to continue keeping the stores stocked for us, it also comes with quite a few dangers.

   Perhaps the most dangerous vehicle on the road is the 18 wheeler. These vehicles are large, tending to be 70 to 80 feet long, and can legally weigh up to 80,000lbs. Even empty, they can weigh around 30,000lbs. In comparison, your average vehicle is about 5,000lbs. Because of this, driving them requires extra training, even with that though, they can be difficult to control in different situations. Rather it’s wind pushing on the trailer or trying to suddenly stop 80,000lbs from moving, the results can be disastrous for the truck driver and anything they hit.

   Combine those numbers with the facts that truck drivers spend so many hours on the road, and accidents are bound to happen. When they do, they are almost certain to be catastrophic. They can decimate almost any normal vehicle with ease, causing severe injury and most likely death. You might remember a couple of years ago Hollywood actor Tracy Morgan was involved in such an incident and ended up in critical condition. It was said that the driver of the 18 wheeler has been awake for 24 hours or more, running freight. If it can happen to a successful Hollywood actor, surely it can happen to anyone else.

   If you find yourself near an 18 wheeler, remember to exercise caution around them. Don’t try and squeeze in front of one on the interstate. Also keep in mind that they take wide right turns, and it’s good to give them plenty of space. Another important aspect of driving around an 18 wheeler is to remember they have limited visibility. Being at the front of an 80ft long vehicle, you can only realistically see a small part of the area around you. It’s also not a bad idea to try and drive a safe distance around them during storms, as the winds and rains can have a greater effect on them.

   If you do find yourself or a loved one involved in an incident with a delivery or semi-truck, contact the law offices of Rue & Ziffra. When you contact us, you get an experienced Daytona Beach truck accident attorney on your side.

 

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