While it may be hard to believe, around 170,000 individuals are injured every year in trucking accidents. Further, one eighth of all auto-related deaths involve large commercial freighters. So why don't you hear more about these commonplace and horrific accidents? Because most commercial trucking firms employ large law and public relations firms to keep the extent of their accidents out of the public eye.
Therefore, if you or someone close to you has been involved in an accident with a large truck, it is extremely important to seek out the best personal injury attorneys to fight for your rights. While semi truck drivers are professional drivers who take their craft seriously, there are many ways where they can error just like normal drivers, including:
- Distracted Driving - All drivers are human and subject to the perils of being distracted while driving. They could be interacting with another person, on a call, or even just changing the radio station. Also, considering many drivers travel with a small animal, their attention could be compromised while tending to the animal.
- Speeding - While most drivers obey the speed limit, there are always exceptions. Also, a drive could be speeding while traveling the speed limit if conditions do not permit. If it is overly windy, icy, or foggy, to name a few, then a driver must reduce his speed.
- Fatigue - It is a well-known fact that semi truck drivers cover long distances and sometimes drive while not in the best mental state. While there are strict limits on how long truckers can drive, it is still very common for drivers to be tired behind the wheel.
- Mechanical Oversight - When driving down a steep highway, one often notices runaway truck ramps. When seeing how long these ramps are it is easy to imagine how a truck becomes a rolling battering ram when their brakes are out. If brakes are not properly serviced, trucks put many innocent lives in danger. Worn tires and other components are also potentially dangerous. Drivers often try to squeeze out a few more trips before a scheduled repair especially if they are financially burdened.
As you can see there are a whole host of reasons why truck drivers and their companies can be liable if they are involved in an accident. Further, since trucks severely outweigh cars and drivers are considered to be professionals, if it can be proven that a driver's negligence caused the accident, juries will graciously side with the victim.