On the highway, most tend to steer clear of 18-wheeler trucks. While this is not a slight against the driving capabilities of 18-wheeler truck drivers, most would rather be safe than sorry. After all, 40 tons of rolling metal has the potential to cause devastation if an accident were to occur. Unfortunately, not all 18-wheeler truck accidents can be avoided.
If you were involved in an 18-wheeler truck accident, you have likely accrued significant injuries and damages. It is also likely that you were not the cause of the accident and the neglect of another driver was to blame. Amidst your misfortune, questions were sure to arise. Knowing the facts, causes, and injuries related to 18-wheeler truck accidents may give you some clarity on the next step to take. With that being said, it would be wise to consult with a 18-wheeler truck accident attorney to have you questions addressed on a personal level.
18-wheeler truck accidents may not occur as often as other forms of vehicle accidents, but they are especially dangerous of drivers of other vehicles involved in the accident. Out of the nearly 4000 deaths accident fatalities that involved a commercial vehicle in 2017, more than 80 percent were drivers or passengers of other vehicles.
There are many elements that can cause an 18-wheeler truck accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the top causes for commercial vehicle accidents where the driver was at fault were defective vehicle parts, unfamiliar driving conditions, exhaustion and failing to adhere to traffic laws. These negligent driving behaviors, common in all negligent drivers, become particularly dangerous when practiced by a commercial driver.
The recent shortage of commercial truck drivers in America could be a rising cause for big rig truck and other commercial vehicle accidents. Many news outlets are estimating that the commercial truck industry is underemployed by over 60,000 drivers. With a shortage of such magnitude, employers are forced to become less stringent with who they higher. Less strict hiring practices only increases the likelihood of drivers being hired who do not respect the responsibility for other’s safety that they assume while driving a commercial vehicle.
Suffering from an 18-wheeler truck accident is a life altering experience. If you or a loved one were recently involved in an accident, you may be suffering from serious injuries, time off work, and high medical costs. Although accidents happen, negligent driving by commercial vehicle drivers is inexcusable. You shouldn’t have to prolong your suffering that was caused by somebody else’s mistakes.
To begin taking the steps to ease your financial suffering, you should consider contacting a truck accident lawyer. Simpson Law Group has the team with the necessary experience to guide you in the right direction. We will use all the resources we have available to pursue compensation for your damages. For a consultation, click this link or give us a call at 619-236-9696.
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