Commercial vehicles with fatigued drivers behind the wheel, dangerous mechanical defects or poorly secured loads pose a hazard to road users in Florida and around the country, and researchers studied truck crashes between 2010 and 2012 to determine how serious this threat is. The research team was drawn from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the University of North Carolina and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and they compared the mechanical systems of trucks involved in 197 serious crashes with a similar number of commercial vehicles that had completed their journeys safely.
Maintaining good health can be difficult for truck drivers in Florida and around the country. Operating a motor vehicle is relatively sedentary work, and speed and flavor trump health and nutrition at many roadside restaurants and truck stops. Experts have voiced concerns in recent years about the road safety implications of the nation's growing obesity problem, and the way that these issues could impact the logistics industry was recently by researchers from the University of Utah. The findings of the research were published in January in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Recent statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration do not paint a positive picture for Florida drivers. The NHTSA report indicates that more than 37,000 people were killed in road traffic accidents across the United States in 2016. This represents a 5.6 percent year-on-year increase, and it is the highest number of fatal crashes on record since 2007.
Florida motorists may be concerned to learn that they have a greater chance of dying in a car accident if they drive an older vehicle, according to a 2013 study. Further, the study found that the older the vehicle is, the more likely its driver is to be killed in an accident.
Florida motorists who drive smaller cars likely enjoy the fuel economy that they offer. Unfortunately, small cars fare much worse when they are involved in collisions than do larger vehicles. People who are in the market for a new vehicle might want to take these risks into consideration before they make purchasing decisions.