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Sharing the road with big rigs is an intimidating yet necessary factor of driving. Truckers are necessary to transport goods and keep our economy flowing.
The trucks can be extremely heavy and weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, this is not good news for motorists who may find themselves in a collision with a semi truck.
Unfortunately an accident with a larger vehicle, such as a semi-truck, has a higher probability of fatalities among passengers and drivers. Knowing what causes accidents among big trucks can help reduce serious injury or death.
In order to safely share the road with big rigs, drivers must remember to not follow them too closely, to stay out of their blind spots and to be patient with semi trucks, especially when they are accelerating because due to their massive weight, it can take them quite a bit longer to accelerate.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a big rig, it’s important that you find a personal injury attorney to handle your case because insurance companies and trucking companies may try to offer victims lowball offers or no compensation at all, but an attorney will make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
The roadway can be a dangerous place, whether you encounter somebody who is driving under the influence, driving while distracted or who can’t see you from a blind spot, the hazards on the road are a plenty.
But, when you throw in a semi truck that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, the consequences of an accident can become life-altering and deadly. Statistics show that semi accidents claimed the lives of 4,761 people in 2017 and injured tens of thousands more people.
The vast majority of trucks involved in fatal accidents were tractor trailers, and more than 70 percent of those who were killed were the occupants of cars and other vehicles.
There are many types of accidents that can occur when you collide with a semi truck but the protocol for what to do after such an accident remains the same.
Seek legal help as soon as possible. Truck accidents are more complex than other auto accidents, be sure to find an experienced attorney who specializes in truck accident lawsuits.
A contributing factor in most fatal crashes involving large trucks. Just over half of passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal truck crashes were cited for driver-related factors in 2017. Truck driver errors, on the other hand, were a factor in nearly one-third of those crashes, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Another contributing factor to accidents involving big rigs. Approximately 5 percent of large trucks involved in fatal crashes had vehicle-related problems, such as brake problems or tire issues.
Truck driver fatigue
This is a serious problem in the trucking industry. Truckers work long hours and have very far commutes. They often don’t get adequate sleep and instead rely on short naps. One federal study that monitored 80 truck drivers over 7,500 hours of truck driving found that they averaged only 4.8 hours of sleep per day, and more than half experienced at least one 6-minute interval of drowsiness while at the wheel.
Drowsy driving can have deadly consequences. Being awake for at least 18 hours is comparable to having a blood alcohol content of 0.05 percent, according to the CDC.
This is also a serious problem. A 2009 study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that distractions played a role in 71 percent of crashes involving commercial drivers. Distractions on the road these days are plentiful from text messaging, video chatting, calling, messing with the radio, eating, interacting with a dispatching service, reaching for an object and many more.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration urges motor vehicle drivers to follow these rules to avoid accidents with large trucks:
Hiring a personal injury attorney will give you the time you need to heal and get back on your feet while entrusting an experienced legal professional to get you the compensation you deserve.
It’s important to remember that in these situations, insurance companies are not on your side. They will try to take advantage of the fact that you aren’t familiar with the laws or with insurance claims processes and they will offer you a settlement that will not cover all of your costs. When you hire an experienced attorney you will get the compensation that you deserve.
There also may be more than one party at fault for the accident and the legal process can get quite complex, but an attorney will be well-versed in these types of situations and will not be intimidated by multiple parties or insurance companies.
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