Causes of Truck Accidents
When you are involved in an automobile accident, your entire life comes to a screeching halt. Besides the pain and difficulty of dealing with the injury itself, you can no longer work, leading to a loss of wages you would have earned otherwise. Medical bills add up quickly and can rapidly become overwhelming. After a serious accident, it can seem like you have no one on your side. Fortunately, personal injury lawyers are knowledgeable in their field and fully prepared to handle your case in order to help you receive the advice and support that you rightfully deserve. When it comes to your livelihood, you deserve only the best representation in such stressful times.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently reported that the accident rate for semi-trucks has increased approximately 20 percent over the last 20 years. In the United States, fatal truck accidents happen almost 11 times per day on average, which equates to roughly 4,000 per year. Over 100,000 more people are injured every year in truck accidents. At the same time, the rate of fatal passenger vehicle accident occurrence decreased by nearly two percent between 2009 and 2012. Over that same period, the number of trucks in operation on the road decreased by 2.86 percent with the total distance driven by semi-trucks reduced by 2.67 percent. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported that just over 20 percent of inspected semi-trucks were ultimately taken out of commission due to excessive violations – that adds up to over 2.1 million trucks. Even with heavy safety regulation, the multibillion-dollar trucking industry presents severe risk of injury and death – and not only to truck drivers. It comes as no surprise that demand for the services Tampa truck accident lawyer are steadily climbing. Semi-trucks are much larger than passenger vehicles can weigh up to 20 times more. Because of their towering stature, semi-trucks are capable of causing much more damage in an accident than a common passenger vehicle, which includes even heavier consumer trucks and vans. An accident involving a semi-truck almost always results in more damage than an accident strictly involving passenger vehicles; however, you may be surprised to learn that many truck accidents are not caused by the truck drivers themselves.
Preventing Truck Accidents
Though there is plenty of room for improvement in regard to semi-truck safety, the operators of passenger vehicles can often be the cause of truck accidents. A majority of the cases handled by a Tampa truck accident lawyer are likely to be the fault of the truck driver, but it certainly isn’t uncommon for passenger vehicle operators to be at fault. Many passenger vehicle drivers don’t fully understand the limitations of semi-trucks, such as braking and visibility. Semi-trucks cannot accelerate or brake as well as passenger vehicles. Improper merging, unsafe passing, and failure to recognize a semi-truck’s blind spots (normally located behind to either side of a truck) are common ways passenger vehicles can cause a truck accident. When driving in the vicinity of a semi-truck, be sure to exert more caution than you normally would. Semi-trucks are not as easily maneuverable as many passenger vehicles, and therefore cannot rely on acceleration or braking to avoid danger as reliably as a passenger vehicle could. Staying cautious and aware while driving near semi-trucks can help protect your lifestyle, finances, and, most importantly, your life.
Hopefully, you will never be in a position in which you need the legal services of a Tampa truck accident lawyer, but in the event that you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover the largest possible settlement and get back to living your life.