November 01, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The injuries from a truck driving accident are often severe
Driving in the same vicinity of a large big rig can be a scary experience, so much that some people choose not to drive on the freeway out of fear of getting into an accident with a truck. But while it can be intimidating to share the road with semi trucks, accidents
can be avoided in most cases when drivers respect each other and practice safe driving habits.
However, accidents involving commercial trucks are still a common occurrence across the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were almost 296,000 crashes involving big trucks nationwide in 2005. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says there were 22 fatal trucking accidents in Massachusetts the same year.
Common causes of trucking crashes
Trucking companies and government agencies are constantly trying to improve the safety of trucks for not only their drivers, but for the general public. The FMCSA spends more than $100 million annually on inspecting trucks and buses to be sure they're safe to drive, and millions are poured into road repairs and highway maintenance to keep road conditions safe for everyone to drive. Road conditions are a common cause for truck accidents, but other factors also play a part in many fatal crashes:
-Truck driver training and experience.
-Defective brakes and truck maintenance components.
-Driver inattention and distraction.
-Fatigue and negligence.
Additionally, trucks have large blind spots that can make it difficult or even impossible for a truck driver to see smaller vehicles driving near them. Large trucks need more room to maneuver as well as more time and space to slow down or stop. Because trucks weigh so much more than passenger vehicles, the drivers of smaller cars have a much greater chance of being seriously injured or killed in a truck crash.
To illustrate how dangerous a truck accident can be, the Somerville Patch reported on an accident involving a beer delivery truck last August. The truck crashed through a guardrail on Interstate 93 in Boston, causing fuel to leak while hanging over the ramp. Another truck driver that had been involved in the accident needed to be taken to the hospital for injuries
Getting help from an attorney
The medical costs for a truck accident can be staggering, since the majority of these accidents involve catastrophic injuries. Sadly, funeral expenses can also be included with these costs. A family can be set back many thousands of dollars from a trucking accident.
If you or someone in your family has been injured by a truck driver and it wasn't your fault, you may be eligible to have your medical expenses paid. It's important to contact a personal injury attorney with experience in truck driving accidents.
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