Florida motorists may want to learn more about the dangers associated with wrong-way collisions involving both passenger and commercial vehicles, as reported on by the National Transportation Safety Board. In 1990, the NTSB performed a study to evaluate the number of fatally injured truckers for drug and alcohol abuse. Results of the research compelled the agency to recommend that federal and state authorities increase toxicological collections after accidents and require all truckers who have been in fatal commercial collisions to submit to testing.
Since 1968, most of the NTSB investigations into high-speed, wrong-way collisions have involved a motor coach, bus or tractor-trailer. Only one out of the seven investigations involving a large vehicle did not result in a fatality. According to the NTSB, there were 55 people killed in the seven accidents involving larger vehicles and a wrong-way driver. The majority of these accidents occurred in darkness, close to the weekend.
Seven of the nine accidents investigated happened on either a Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Six of the nine collisions occurred from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., a time when the NTSB claims that visibility would have been reduced by the darkness. Six out of the nine wrong-way drivers who caused these accidents were killed in the crash. Most of the drivers were men, and only one, a 22-year-old female, was under the age of 30. Seven of the nine wrong-way drivers who caused the crash did possess a valid driver's license.
People who have been injured in a truck accident may benefit from confiding in legal counsel. Lawyers may be prepared to investigate the crash and help determine whether or not the truck driver can be held liable for the ensuing damages. Plaintiffs in these cases are often entitled to receive compensation for repair costs, medical expenses and loss of income.