Most people in Ocala who suffer injuries from an accident are primarily concerned with medical treatment and recovery. Likewise, family members often rally around their loved ones to support and encourage their speedy and full recovery. This is especially true when the accident results in serious injuries that could have been fatal.
Florida drivers may not be aware that per rules issued jointly by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, interstate operators of buses and semi-trucks, along with other drivers that transport certain amounts of hazardous substances, may not text or use cellphones while driving. If drivers violate these rules they could be subject to driver disqualification. They could also be fined as much as $2,750, and such a violation will have an effect on the driver's Safety Measurement System results. If a motor carrier requires drivers to text or use a handheld cellphone while operating their vehicles, they may be fined as much as $11,000.
A few months ago, the famous actor and comedian, Tracy Morgan, was involved in a terrible truck accident that caused the death of one of his friends and left Morgan with serious injuries. Given that the truck driver who caused the accident was allegedly sleep-deprived at the time, the story has drawn considerable attention to the issue of truck driver fatigue. However, tractor-trailer accidents can result from a variety of other causes, including overloading.
Getting in an accident with a big rig truck is probably a scary thought for most people in Ocala who frequently drive. Truck accidents often result in substantial damage to smaller vehicles, which also can mean serious injuries and even death for the occupants of those vehicles. This is why the federal government imposes strict regulations when it comes to operating a large truck.