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Bad Driving Performance and Employer Negligence: Major Causes of Truck Accidents

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According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), fatal truck accidents happen almost 11 times a day; this translates to more than 100,000 injuries and more than 4,000 deaths every year. These numbers is despite the fact that both the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and FMCSA have created laws that are directed towards achieving significantly reduced road accidents involving trucks.

Unfortunately, though federal government agencies and traffic enforcers remain determined in their pursuit of ensuring safety on the road, the number of truck accidents still remains so high due to many truck drivers’ bad driving performance and trucking company negligence.

With regard to bad driving behavior, it has been discovered that many truck accidents are caused by drivers with multiple violations and who have very recently received warnings from their safety officers; despite these violations and warnings, they have been allowed to continue operating their vehicles.

In 1986, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act, which strictly mandates the removal of bad drivers from the road, was passed into law. Allowing drivers to continue operating a truck despite multiple traffic violations, especially a DUI or driving under the influence (either of alcohol or drugs), is a clear violation of this law to which drivers, safety officers and employers must answer.

On the issue of company or employer negligence, the Department of Transportation has revealed that many small truck companies, to be able to continue with their operations, simply re-register under a new name and change their corporate structure in order to evade liability for accidents wherein their drivers are at fault, and escape legal responsibility for company violations of federal laws.

Unlike cars and SUVs, a semi-trailer, also called a big rig or an 18-wheeler, can easily damage smaller vehicles, crushing these like tin cans and severely injuring or killing all their passengers. Accidents, injuries and deaths are not just statistical data. In each accident, many lives are affected: the lives of victims and of the members of their respective families. It will be in the best interest of victims to pursue legal action for them to possibly receive justice and the compensation which the court may find them worthy to claim.

According to a Boston personal injury lawyer, the sheer size of large commercial trucks and the force they have when driving at even low speeds requires trucking companies and drivers to exercise considerable care in the operation and maintenance of these vehicles in order to prevent unnecessary risks to public safety. Unfortunately, it is all too common for trucking companies and truck drivers to ignore this responsibility, potentially placing others at risk of suffering serious physical trauma, including spine and brain injuries, or even death.

These, as explained by Houston trucking accident attorneys, result to truck accidents which could have easily been prevented from occurring. Truck accidents are very different from ordinary wrecks, and oftentimes injured individuals may be eligible from compensation from multiple parties. Not only may the driver of the truck be held accountable, the company that hired the driver and other parties may also be partially at fault for the injuries and financial burdens that you are now forced to deal with.

For many individuals, it quickly becomes clear that the entities they are fighting following a wreck have nearly unlimited resources and are not interested in their recovery or well-being. Instead, the major corporation and insurance company that you are facing is likely to pressure you into settling your case for far less than it is worth. This is the kind of “game” that these firms play with injured individuals.

 

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