Auto Accidents

Truck Collision Cases

Sharing the road with 18 wheelers may, to some, be an everyday reality of the road. These large trucks play an essential role in our economy, especially in states such as Texas where trucks carry millions of gallons of oil per year. The average semi truck and trailer is 70 to 80 feet long – 4 of them end to end make a football field.

One thing people rarely consider is the qualifications of the drivers of these 18 wheelers. It can be extremely difficult to maneuver a 40 ton vehicle, so drivers must past a variety of tests before hitting the road. Attaining a commercial Drivers License is the first step, and requires the driver pass a written test on general knowledge, air brakes, and combination vehicles. Truck driving school and the truck driving skills exam are also required before one can be legally authorized to operate an 18 wheeler.

Despite all this training the Texas Department of Transportation reported that, in 2012, there were 389 fatal crashes involving a semi-trailer throughout the state, as well as 133 fatal crashes involving a truck (distinguished from “pickup truck”). These crashes can leave victims injured and overwhelmed. According to the Dallas personal injury lawyers at the Benton Law Firm, truck drivers are often fatigued while driving multi-state routes and despite all safety precautions, can sometimes cause traumatic accidents.

In a truck collision case, the qualifications of the driver, their training, education, experience, traffic violations, physical attributes and mental status are relevant and extremely important. In the immediate aftermath of the accident details are freshest in the victim’s mind, making this the ideal time to make a truck collision claim. Insurance companies require a huge amount of information to do their job, so drivers should be prepared to give a detailed account of the incident to the insurance adjustor.

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Speeding: A Major Reckless Road Behavior

Every day, millions of cars fill U.S. roads and highways, transporting people from one place to another. The convenience, comfort and speed of travel that a car provides have made this means of transportation a necessity for Americans, but like any other piece of invention, if abused or misused, it will cause bad results.

The sad thing in relation to cars is the fact that many drivers do not know how to use these responsibly. Once behind the wheels, drivers easily forget all the education, advertisements and reminders that speak about road traffic rules and safe driving. As a result, more than five million vehicular accidents are registered every year, with at least 30,000 of these resulting to deaths. The top four causes of car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), are reckless driving, speeding, drunk-driving or driving under the influence (DUI) and driver error. It is totally surprising, however, to know that the many drivers, who are scared of speeding and hate speeders, are guilty of driving over the speed limit too.

Speeding increases the chance of an accident and, thus, compromises the safety of others on the road. As the law firm Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, puts it, this is because speeding:

  • Decreases driver visibility;
  • Decreases a driver’s reaction time to danger;
  • Decreases ability to slow down or stop;
  • Decreases a driver’s control over his/her vehicle;
  • Increases chance of rollovers on turns;and,
  • Increases chances of rear-end accidents.

No matter what reason speeders have for going over the speed limit or for driving too fast for road condition, one fact holds – they make the road dangerous for everyone else. The injuries that may result from car crashes due to speeding can be more severe because speed increases the force of impact. This is why speeding drivers should be held totally responsible for their reckless actions.

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