All drivers share the road with enormous big rigs every day. These massive trucks are involved in car accidents every 16 minutes in the United States. As these truckers commute on long trips overnight, fighting exhaustion in order to make it to their destination, they put other drivers at risk. There are many reasons for one of these big rigs to create an accident on the road:
Poorly maintained equipment
Improper weight loading
Failure to install blind spot mirrors
Of all U.S. deaths occurring each year, approximately 12% are the result of truck accidents. More than 500,000 truck accidents take place on U.S. highways yearly, and 5,000 people lose their lives. Trucks are prone to “rollovers” and “jackknifes”, increasing the hazard for other motorists. Tractor-trailer accidents almost always result in death for the truck driver, or those in another vehicle. With the average commercial tractor trailer weighing in at about 80,000 pounds, it’s not difficult to understand why. Statistics show that automobile drivers involved in a truck accident are 80% more likely to die than in accidents involving another automobile.
Truly, our lives are at stake when we share the road with these big rigs.
Who Is At Fault?
Truck accidents may be the fault of the truck driver, or the fault of the drivers of other vehicles. Truck accidents can also be the fault of the trucking company or corporation due to faulty equipment, poorly maintained equipment and driver fatigue due to excessive hours. Truck drivers who ignore speed limits, use drugs or alcohol while driving, drive long distances with no breaks or load their trucks beyond maximum capacity are creating an accident waiting to happen.
Other drivers contribute to the potential for truck accidents when they drink and drive, try to “beat” the truck, cut in front of trucks, or drive in blind spots where the trucker cannot see the car.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a tractor-trailer crash, you need an experienced truck accident attorney to fight for your rights. Hart & Hart will seek the justice you deserve.
Hart & Hart represents tractor-trailer accident victims. We fight to recover full and fair compensation for those who have been hurt through someone else’s negligence in driving a tractor-trailer. We have the experience necessary to negotiate your accident claim to the maximum result.
If you have been hurt in a truck accident, Hart & Hart is here to help.
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