October 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Tragic accident in Myrtle Beach shows trucking crash risk
Accidents caused by big rigs are a major concern across the U.S. Every year, thousands of people are hurt in crashes that involve commercial trucks, and many are killed. Because trucks are so much bigger than the smaller vehicles they share the road with, those in passenger vehicles are much more likely to be killed in a trucking accident
than the truck drivers. It's for this reason that all drivers, truck drivers and the general public alike, must be considerate and respectful of everyone on the road.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the number of trucks involved in accidents decreased from 89,000 to 66,000 over a ten-year period ending in 2008. This decrease is a promising change, most likely due to continuous efforts to keep trucks safe and their drivers educated and well-trained. However, truck accident rates remain high in South Carolina. The state's Department of Public Safety reported that in 2006, 79 people were killed in trucking accidents, and 1,518 were injured.
Tragedy shows how negligence is a major cause of truck accidents
The driver of a tractor-trailer was charged with reckless homicide when authorities determined he had been using his cell phone and driving too fast for conditions, when his truck hit an SUV and killed a 4-year-old girl in Myrtle Beach, says Myrtle Beach Online. The little girl's mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver.
Distracted driving is only one of many common causes for trucking accidents, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Other factors include defective brakes and truck maintenance issues, road conditions, driver experience and training, fatigue and other cars on the road. The FMCSA is trying to address some of these problems by constantly funding truck and bus inspections to keep them safe on the road.
Sharing the road safely with trucks
There are a few things that drivers should keep in mind when driving near big trucks, which may help them avoid an accident:
-Trucks have large blind spots and cannot easily see smaller vehicles near them.
-They need more time and space to slow down or stop.
-Big rigs don't maneuver as easily as smaller cars to avoid a collision.
By paying attention and being aware of other vehicles on the road, everyone can reduce their chances of being in an accident.
Contacting an attorney
caused by truck accidents are often severe, and can result in staggering medical bills or funeral costs. If you've been hurt or a family member has been impacted in a truck accident, it's important to contact an experience personal injury attorney immediately. Accident victims have rights, which can include being compensated for their expenses.
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