Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Big rigs or 18-wheelers measure 70 feet long and weigh 80,000 lbs. or 40 tons. This size makes it difficult for these vehicles to maneuver, while their weight (not including yet the weight of their cargo) makes their stopping distance longer than cars; these also require tires that will provide great traction and a breaking system that will effectively enable deceleration.

Due also to a truck’s size, smaller vehicles become unnoticeable to a truck driver, especially if these smaller vehicles drive behind a truck or along its right side – these areas are known as a truck’s “no zone” areas or “truckers’ blind spots” where drivers either have limited visibility or no visibility at all.

The features of truck (mentioned above) plus truck drivers driving for eleven hours with very short rest periods make it very important that they are always watchful and more considerate to drivers of smaller vehicles. These are just a few of the many reasons why the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 strictly require that truck drivers go through a special type of training, which will develop and further improve their skills in operating a truck, and pass a test set by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) before they can be given a commercial vehicle license.

Unfortunately, despite the laws and drivers’ training program, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to receive reports of 500,000 accidents, close to 4,000 deaths and more than 100,000 injuries every year, all involving trucks.

While drivers of passenger vehicles blame truck accidents on truck drivers, saying that truck drivers are careless on the road, always seem to believe that they have the right of way, and often failing to consider the presence of smaller vehicles, truck drivers, on their part, say that many car drivers fail to use or do not use turn signals, make unsafe lane changes, cross the center line and drive into their path, tailgate, overspeed, or immediately slow down after cutting in front of their vehicle.

There are various causes of trucks accidents due to truck driver fault. Some of these are drivers losing control of their truck due to tire blowout or brake problem, not changing worn-out tires, defective brakes or other truck parts, driver fatigue, driving too fast for road conditions, cargo not properly distributed inside the truck, and intoxication due to alcohol, illegal drug or prescription drug.

Operators or owners of trucking firms are also directly at fault many times, however. This is true when they hire unqualified drivers during peak season, force their drivers to work beyond the maximum hours of service HOS, fail to conduct regular inspection, repair and maintenance of their trucks (and keep records of these maintenance jobs ready for government inspection), and/or allow drivers with recent traffic violations to still go out on the road.

An article in the website www.zavodnicklaw.com, says, “Sometimes a truck driver has a lapse in judgment or is simply not paying enough attention to the conditions on the road. Though these situations seem similar to typical vehicular accidents when a driver loses concentration, they are on a much larger scale and have variable parties that may be held liable.”

At other times, though, trucking companies choose not to comply with the federal regulations they are “required to follow in order to keep their workers and other people on the road safe. Forcing drivers to work past a certain number of hours or overfilling trucks are both against the law and dangerous. If it can be determined the trucking company associated with your accident was negligent in such a way, you may be able to hold them accountable for the injuries you’ve endured and the resulting medical bills you’ve accrued.”

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