The Dangers Of A Semi-Truck Accident.
The average vehicle weighs 5,000 pounds. However, an empty semi-truck can weigh over 40,000 pounds with the legal maximum weight of a semi-truck in America is 80,000. Given the sheer size of a semi-truck, accident’s involving an 18-wheeler can have devastating results with people involved in a semi-truck accident being 10 times more likely to die than those involved in a regular car accident.
Common Causes Of Semi-Truck Accidents
Commercial trucks are required to comply with both federal and state service standards. The purpose of truck maintenance and inspection is to keep both truck drivers and other people on the road safe. Mechanical failure is a common cause of truck accidents and in many cases, mechanical failure could have been prevented if the truck would have received the proper maintenance. Strict standards are in place to prevent these massive vehicles from becoming hazards on the road. Mainor Wirth can find out if there has been any improper maintenance and who’s to blame.
Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the road can be considered a distraction. Truckers are often trying to fight the monotony of the haul and can be distracted by many things including changing the radio station, smoking, using a cell phone, or eating. Anything that takes the drivers attention away from the road can cause a devastating accident.
Drivers who are tired have a harder time paying attention to the road. They are also more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel. The number of hours that semi-truck drivers are allowed to be on the road have been restricted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. However, drivers often work very long hours and take few breaks because they are under a tremendous amount of pressure to meet deadlines. This kind of negligence can lead to costly mistakes behind the wheel.
I Have Been Injured In A Semi-Truck Accident. What Should I Do?
It is imperative that anyone who has been involved in a commercial or semi-truck accident seek medical attention immediately. If possible, someone should try to get the contact information of anybody who may have witnessed the accident. You will also need to consult with an injury attorney and Mainor Wirth can investigate your case and get you the help and compensation you deserve. Call today for your free consultation.