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Things to consider before calling a truck accident attorney

Truck accidents are treated differently than accidents involving other automobiles. A truck accident can be a very traumatic incident. While it may be a good idea to consult an attorney as soon as possible, there are certain things you should research before heading to the lawyer's office so you can ask all the questions that are relevant to your case.

Potentially catastrophic accidents involving commercial trucks

The size and build of a commercial truck is no secret. A loaded commercial truck can weigh about 25 times more than a typical car. Due to their sheer size, these vehicles can potentially wreak havoc on the road in case of an accident. It is advised to all drivers and pedestrians to take special care around a truck because if an accident occurs, it could be catastrophic.

Commercial trucks are usually used to carrying heavy cargo from one destination to the other. This cargo can be in the form of flammable or hazardous materials. The shipper and the trucking company are responsible for putting proper labels on the truck so that pedestrians and other drivers can exercise necessary precautions. It is the legal and moral responsibility of the truck driver and the trucking company to show due diligence towards pedestrians and fellow drivers. The driver should be extra careful, especially while making tight turns. Although truck accidents are not common, trucking firms are always well equipped to defend themselves in case of any mishaps. 

Truck accident claims the lives of missionary teens

It may be easy to get distracted by data involving truck accidents. The increasing number of collisions involving big rigs, the shocking number of fatalities and the financial toll are statistics that may cloud the real issue. When trucks crash, people often die. Recently, a multi-vehicle accident involving a semi-trailer brought this message home.

Driver fatigue causes many truck accidents

Each year, over 30,000 people die on our nation's highways. Almost 4,000 of those deaths are the result of encounters with big rigs. Since 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation has taken a keen interest in the role fatigue plays in truck accidents. That was the year Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration -- an agency of the DOT -- updated its rules regarding the number of hours a trucker can drive without rest.

What drives a highway killer

The actions of a serial killer are generally considered as taking multiple lives over a period of time and not in one incident. After reviewing the statistics regarding highway fatalities throughout the U.S., you could almost consider eighteen wheelers and the like to be the serial killers of the nation's roads. So why is this continuing and why are the killers still allowed to operate among us, sharing the roads and often our lanes?

Looking at statistics from 2014, out of all truck accidents where a passenger vehicle was involved and resulted in a fatality, the majority of deaths were those in the passenger vehicles. Some reasons that commercial trucks are behind so many fatalities are prolific and include:

Three common causes of truck accidents

Passing, merging and stopping are three things that drivers of 18-wheelers find challenging. While other drivers are urged to be aware of these difficulties, it sometimes seems that the truckers use the size and weight of their vehicles to bully their way through traffic. Driving at highway speeds with tons of weight at their backs, tractor trailer operators cannot afford to take chances. Lives can change in the blink of an eye.

New speed-limiting technology may prevent truck accidents

Most drivers have experienced the anxiety of seeing a big rig rapidly approaching in the rearview mirror. On the other hand, many have also driven behind 18-wheelers that block multiple lanes by traveling well below the posted speed. Either of these situations may remind a driver how a truck accident can change lives in the blink of an eye. In an effort to reduce those incidents, the U.S. Transportation Department recently proposed a new law that would slow trucks down on the highways.

Tragedy in Texas when a gas truck goes up in flames

The central Texas skies lit up in the early morning hours on an otherwise ordinary Friday this August when an SUV and a tanker truck collided in the parking lot of a gas station in Killeen. What resulted was a massive fire that consumed both trucks and even damaged other vehicles in the parking lot and destroyed a fire truck that responded to the emergency.

The cost of hardship and tragedy

No one said life was going to be fair. You are more than familiar with that promise. The most beautiful and healthy people are taken down by cancer, their bodies ravaged by disease before they pass. It never stops being unsettling to see a child fighting the disease. But, what of the cancer on the roadways? The senseless killer that is preventable and would not have happened without human recklessness, negligence or error. Sure, accidents usually involve some unfortunate circumstance outside of human control but in the case of many truck accidents, the accident would not have been so extreme had other dangerous factors not been present.

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