Over 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in this country, and the injuries sustained by those lucky enough to survive are usually horrific. Of these, approximately 5,000 trucking accidents result in fatalities. In fact, 18-wheeler trucking accidents account for one of every eight traffic deaths.
Common Causes of 18-wheeler accidents include: Failure to properly accommodate blind spots, brake failure, debris or articles in the road exhaustion or driver fatigue, excessive speed and failure to follow rules of the road, tire failure or separation, driving under influence of drugs or alcohol, unsecured cargo or freight shifting in the payload section, unsafe driving practices…the list goes on and on.
There are many reasons why 18-wheeler accidents are so catastrophic. The pressure for speed and efficiency by the trucking companies and the deregulation of the industry are both major factors – 18-wheeler drivers are typically required to work long hours with little or no sleep. Large trucks consistently break the speed limit in order to deliver goods quickly – adding fuel to an already dangerous fire. The sheer size of an 18-wheeler makes for a massive impact and hinders the ability of the truck to make sudden stops. The results are too often fatal.
If you have survived being hit or injured by an 18-wheeler accident only to be left with expensive and painful injuries, you deserve help. An experienced accident attorney can help you maximize the reparations that you receive for your suffering. Ross Downs would appreciate the opportunity to be a resource to you