In April of 2015, five nursing students headed to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah for their final clinical rotation of the school year all died after a tractor-trailer failed to slow down and crashed their car; two other students (in another vehicle) were also injured in the fatal accident that involved seven vehicles. The cause of the fatal crash was never known as the driver of the tractor-trailer fled after the accident; weather, according to police authorities, was definitely not a factor though.
Another accident, which happened in May of 2016, but which also involved a 18-wheeler, killed a 52-year old man while he was in his hotel room (at the first floor of the Studio 6 Hotel in El Paso, Texas). The 18-wheeler, which was hauling steel railroad tracks, drove through several parking lots before crashing into the hotel.
Thousands of other fatal truck accidents have been told in the news and posted in the Internet; some are just too scary and emotional to recount, especially for the families the victims left behind. If trucks are so dangerous, then why are these allowed to remain on the road and continue to be threats to other vehicles, especially smaller ones.
In 2013 alone, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that fatal accidents involving trucks numbered to 3,964, while those that caused injuries were 95,000. These accidents and injuries were caused by 73,000 of the 2 million semi-trucks that operated on US roads and highways.
Trucks transport close to 70% of all goods in the U.S., from manufacturing plants to distribution centers; these goods, which include finished products and raw materials, are part of what keeps the U.S. economy alive and growing. This is the main reason why trucks, despite the threat these pose on the road, will never be denied their operation.
Truck accidents, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are mostly due to truck driver errors, errors, some of which include: driver fatigue; driving too fast for road conditions; impairment due to prescription or over-the-counter-drugs; unfamiliarity with the road; inattention; driving distractions; improper way of attaching the trailer; failure of the driver to double-check blind spots; and, failure to ensure that the brakes are in good working condition before hitting the road.
The size of trucks alone, according to the Chris Mayo Law Firm, strictly require truck drivers and trucking companies to exercise the strictest caution and control in the operation of these vehicles. Unfortunately, not all take these responsibilities seriously.
As explained by the Houston injury lawyers with Williams Kherkher, while all motorists have the duty to safely and properly operate their vehicles in a manner that will not cause harm to others on the road, truck drivers have an even greater responsibility due to the devastating amount of damage their vehicle can cause in accidents. Not all truck drivers, however, fulfill this important duty, sometimes making reckless decisions that endanger the lives and well-being of innocent drivers on the road.
A Rhinelander injury attorney explains how getting injured in a truck accident can create immense financial stress. Besides the physical and emotional trauma cause by the injuries, there will be the problem of paying for medical bills and the issue of lost wages.
For all the damages and losses a victim may suffer due to the injuries sustained in a truck accident, any law firm or personal injury lawyer will never think twice advising a victim to immediately seek the services of a seasoned personal injury lawyer or truck accident lawyer who can help determine if the (victim’s) case is worth pursuing legally.