Truck accidents have always caused serious injuries, deaths, and damage every year in the United States. A great percent of these roads accidents are due to drivers of smaller vehicles not aware of how to drive next to big rig vehicles or commercial trucks. Most smaller-vehicle drivers are oblivious of commercial trucks’ capabilities, and how to safely drive around them. This does not mean, however, that truck drivers are never at fault.
According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, every year about 400,000 trucks are involved in vehicle accidents, with 18 percent of them reported as rear-end truck accidents. In accidents where truck drivers were the ones who rear-ended another vehicle, it is usually the fault of the truck driver. Among the most common causes of this type of accident are: speeding, following too close, fatigue or inattentiveness, and DUI.
Commercial and big-rig trucks have significant difference in size compared to other motor vehicles. As such, it takes a certain amount of time and distance before a truck can completely stop. Truck drivers should have at least six-car length away from the vehicle in front of them, yet not everyone follows this rule. It is necessary for truck driver to be more aware of their surroundings while driving in order to avoid rear-end accidents.
The majority of many personal injury claims come from auto accidents. Negligent driving and driving under the influence are the leading causes of auto accidents, while car defects (along with unsafe road conditions) can also account for accidents. Statistics state that one person every ten seconds die because of these accidents, which occur every thirteen minutes on the roads of United States.
Vehicle collisions that happen at the back or front of the vehicle may not be as serious to the driver (and the passengers) because there are several feet of steel, with engines, trunk, bumpers and seat buffering the impact. What can really make a collision dangerous and cause serious bodily harm are side-impact collisions. Side impact collisions – also called t-bone accidents – cause between 8,500 to 10,000 deaths in the United States every year. This is because there is very little protection during a side-impact collision; only the door and window is there to cushion the blow.
Most of the times it is easy to establish who is liable for the accident, however, there are instances where responsibility for the accident is disputed by both drivers. Proving who is at-fault when it comes to side-impact collisions are pretty much the same as in any type of auto accidents, namely proving who was negligent. Because injuries and damages can result from these accidents, filing for personal injury suits are strongly advised by the Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to ensure that compensation for the expenses are provided and to lessen the burden.
Depending on the nature and the seriousness of the accident, legal consequences can differ. Depending on the severity of the accident and the injuries that occurred, a driver can be charged with civil or criminal charges, or both. Fleeing the scene can account as hit-and-run, and is considered a criminal offence, while drivers who are grossly negligent can be charged with assault, manslaughter, or murder. It is important to inform the authorities about a serious auto accident to have it properly investigated.