Eliminating Possible Unseen Causes Truck Accidents

Nov 18

More goods are again being imported into the US, resulting to availability of more products, a wider array of goods to choose from, and maybe even more jobs that will help augment many families’ monthly income – thanks to this nation’s continuously improving economy.

One clear sign of this economic growth is the increased presence of large, 18-wheeler trucks or big rigs on US roads and highways, many of which travel long distances carrying loads of products that need to be delivered. But, while these trucks may be said to be making major contributions in “filling our nation’s transportation and distribution needs,” these also serve as major threats on the road, the cause of half a million accidents every year. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck accidents cause more than 100,000 injuries and 4,000 deaths annually.

Many drivers blame fatal truck accidents (as well as the continuous increases in the number of these accidents) on commercial truck drivers who the victims say act like the commercial drivers believe that they have the right of way, are careless on the road, and often failing to consider the presence of smaller vehicles.

The tide of blame, however, takes a totally different course when considering truck drivers’ opinion or results of various studies and surveys. One big rig driver for instance, who has been on the road for almost 30 years, cites the failure of many car drivers to use turn signals. Even the Automobile Association of America’s Foundation for Traffic Safety, though surprising as it may be, says that 75% of the accidents involving trucks and cars are the fault of car drivers – the same view held by majority of the 800 poll respondents, who said that passenger vehicle drivers drive more dangerously near and around trucks, making unsafe lane changes, tailgating, speeding, cutting in front of a truck and then immediately slowing down.

Trucks move/maneuver much slower than cars, therefore, it needs more room; these also have blind spots or areas where smaller vehicles are not visible to their drivers. Now, while it is true that car drivers need to learn how to drive safely around cars (a topic not included in required tests and books when applying for a driver’s license), truck drivers, on their part, as professional drivers, should be more watchful and be more considerate to drivers of smaller vehicles (trucks always adjusting to smaller vehicles, however, can have consequential effects on the business operation of those in the trucking industry). But to actually reduce the number of preventable tragic accidents, acting responsibly and observing laws are necessary in order to eliminate possible unseen causes of these accidents and so ensure safety in the trucking business.

Without doubt, responsible actions and observance of laws will always ensure: production of truck tires and other vital truck parts that comply with federal standards; construction of good roads and proper maintenance of these; hiring or qualified drivers, making sure that they are further trained, and keeping bad ones off the road; and, making sure that truck loads are equally distributed and properly secured.

“The inherent danger that large 18-wheelers pose,” as explained in the website of the law firm David Ravid and Associates, “makes it imperative that all of the proper safety measures are taken and that these trucks are well maintained.” There are many different reasons why truck accidents occur; however, one sure thing is that when accidents do happen, the ones most seriously harmed are drivers of smaller vehicles, pedestrians, etc.

While it is a sad fact that the harm resulting from a truck accident can no longer be undone, victims should also never be allowed to suffer the financial consequences of such accident.

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