Semi Trucks Can be Deadly, Destructive, and Dangerous
Recently, three men from eastern Indiana were killed when their car was involved in a head-on collision with a truck. The semi truck accident took place at a northern Indiana highway, near the Elkhart County line. The driver of the truck escaped with only minor injuries.
Statistics show that almost 500,000 accidents involving trucks occur annually in the United States, and around 5,000 of these semi truck accidents are fatal. In fact, one in every nine traffic fatalities involved a truck in 2008 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The reasons for these accidents vary, but usually have to do with the trucks or their drivers.
- One of the main causes of fatal accidents is found to be intoxicated drivers or vehicle operators driving under the influence (DUI).
- The sheer size of the large trucks, such as 18-wheelers, can disorient small cars, and make them lose their bearings.
- The law allows truck drivers to work 11 hours a shift, and about one in every two drivers admit to having fallen asleep while driving.
- Many trucks are overweight, which affects their breaking and balance, and poses a serious risk to other motorists.
Many of these accidents can be prevented if drivers and trucking companies follow some basic rules and driving procedures.
- Truck drivers must be trained on safety rules, and ensuring discipline and adherence to rules while driving is of utmost importance.
- Truck drivers must slow down in busy areas such as work zones, maintain safe distances from other vehicles and pedestrians, stay away from their ‘no-zones’, and follow defensive driving techniques.
- Trucks should be serviced regularly, and maintained well, with safety checks carried out before a trip to ensure that they are safe to be driven.
- Drivers of smaller vehicles must also learn and follow safe driving techniques around trucks in order to avoid collisions.
- Car drivers must ensure that they avoid blind spots when driving near trucks, look out for a truck’s turning signs and pace their driving around trucks, like avoiding overtaking a truck when its turning to the right, or not cutting a truck off abruptly.
The Truck Safety Coalition (TSC), a safety advocacy group, ranks Indiana among the top 15 states in truck accidents in 2011. Victims of truck accidents can file a lawsuit with the help of an Indiana truck accident lawyer, claiming damages for wrongful death or personal injuries.
Wagner Reese is the right choice to represent you in truck accident cases. Our team of experienced Indiana truck accident attorneys have great success in pursuing these cases and ensuring that victims receive compensation.
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