Vehicle Accidents

Truck Accidents due to’ Negligent Hiring

On August 1, 2006, a minivan, which had four occupants, a woman, her mother, and her two sons – one was 15 months old, while the other was 3 years old – was caught in traffic congestion on Interstate 80. The minivan slowed down behind a flat-bed truck. Unknown to the woman driving the van was a fast approaching three-axle Intercontinental 9400 semi-trailer. The semi-trailer failed to stop on time, rear-ended the van, crushed and slammed it into the flat-bed truck, causing it to be engulfed in fire. No one survived the accident: not the semi-trailer driver and, definitely, not anyone among those that occupied the minivan.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), fatal truck accidents happen almost 11 times a day, resulting to more than 4,000 deaths and more than 100,000 injuries each year. Compared to car accidents, truck accidents may be fewer, however, its results are always more destructive and tragic due to their huge size.

Because of the major contribution trucks make in the country’s economy, drivers of smaller vehicles will just have to get used to sharing the road with these huge vehicles. To help lessen the fear of so many other motorists from driving alongside trucks, the government makes sure that only qualified, licensed and well trained drivers are allowed to operate these. Laws, like the allowed maximum number of driving hours and the required number of hours of rest, lower level of blood alcohol concentration (0.04%), strict prohibition of the use of cell phone, use of standard tires and brakes, regular maintenance of the vehicle, and a mandate on employers to keep bad drivers off the road, have also been passed with the aim of ensuring the safety operation of trucks .

Despite the enforcement of trucking laws, however, many employers manage to require their drivers to be on the road longer than the maximum number of hours of service. Many are even able to hire drivers who do not possess the required skill, fail to train drivers about safe operation of trucks, as well as fail to impose disciplinary actions on drivers who commit traffic violations, especially DUI.

Hiring a driver with a bad driving record or keeping a driver despite repeated traffic violations is an act of negligent hiring – a major offense committed by employers who only intend to earn, while compromising the safety of many others, even of their own driver. According to the law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., this is one example of careless employer act to which the liable employer can be held totally responsible and for which he or she can be required to answer in court to face any lawsuit filed by his or her victim/s.

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No Zone Areas

Every day, millions of drivers share the road with large trucks and buses. Accidents involving vehicles of such size can result in severe injuries and often death. Therefore, truck companies are required to take extra precautions when regulating their drivers on the road. Part of these precautions includes establishing “no zones.” No zones are dangerous areas around trucks or large buses where accidents are more likely to occur. In some cases, “no zones” are similar to the average car’s “blind spots” or areas in which the driver of a particular vehicle cannot see cars that have come close to them at a particular angle. Because of this decreased visibility, “no zones” are areas in which drivers on all sides should be extra cautious and do their best to avoid.

Louisville personal injury lawyers are commonly aware that a truck’s “no zone” includes: “a shallow space just in front of the truck, a tapering area behind the truck, a shallow area on the driver’s side of the truck and a large area on the passenger’s side of the truck.”

Drivers of smaller vehicles should avoid lingering in these “no zones” to reduce the risk to themselves and drivers in surrounding vehicles. Truck companies should require that their drivers are properly trained to be aware every time a vehicle enters a “no zone” so that they can make sure that vehicle moves to a safe area before attempting to turn or to change lanes.

Navigating “no zones,” and sharing crowded highways with large vehicles in general, is a high risk situation in which all drivers must hold themselves accountable for their safety and the safety of others. Unfortunately, because of the nature of these situations, accidents often occur. Should you find yourself in an accident involving the “no zone” of a truck or large vehicle, you may be entitled to damages.

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Truck Accidents Happen Every Day

Trucks are inevitability in the roads of the United States of America. Every year, these trucks are responsible for the transport of important goods such as metals and substances that are necessary for the innovation and growth of the American people and economy. However, there are substantial risks with these eighteen wheeler vehicles – so much so that the laws that cover them have significant differences than to those of simple car accidents, should an incident of that nature occur.

The website of the Goings Law Firm, LLC, mentions that should a truck accident be proven as one caused to recklessness or negligence, whether it was intentionally or ignorantly done, from the driver or company or the truck manufacturers themselves, the survivors and beneficiaries are liable to claim necessary compensation from the guilty party for any and all expenses that the accident has caused.

A Texas 18-wheeler accident lawyer can probably confirm that the impact that a truck accident can cause is leagues more catastrophic than that of one of any other motor vehicle-related accident. To paint the picture even further, a regular motor vehicle can weigh from 2000 to around 4000 pounds, with just one adult passenger on board – while an eighteen wheeler truck can go up to 80,000 pounds on a freeway without a permit.

Some states even allow that limit even higher and permit trucks that weigh over 150,000 pounds to operate on a freeway without a permit. In order to know what are the state laws that are covered in your municipality.

The damage dealt by a truck accident can be as catastrophic as ten to fifteen car accidents, or worse. Due to the nature of the material carried in a lot of trucks, such as highly flammable substances or unstable chemical compounds, any damage that is dealt upon a truck during an accident could result into a high risk chemical explosion that could result into numerous wrongful death cases, burn injuries, and even claims of soil made barren due to the exposure to said chemicals.

If you or someone you know has been severely affected by a truck accident, it is of the utmost importance that expert legal help is contacted as soon as possible.

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