Sad Truths About Truck Accidents

Mar 23, 2016 by

If you’re driving on the road and you see a truck either in front of you or approaching, it is a common fear among drivers to avoid it all costs, as soon as possible. This is because trucks, due to the material they’re made out of and the sheer magnitude of them all, impose an incredibly large threat were an accident to occur. Some trucks even carry thousands of pounds of hazardous, even potentially flammable, substances that could cause catastrophic explosions that would injure possibly hundreds or even thousands of people. It is not an overreaction for these are common fears—and they are not feared without due reason.

There are, unfortunately, some sad truths about truck accidents that you yourself might not have been aware of.

In the United States alone, there can be around 400,000 to 500,000 truck accidents that happen on a yearly basis, as is according to the website of the lawyers with Williams Kherkher. An eighteen wheeler truck can weigh almost up to a hundred thousand pounds of metal—can you imagine something that massive suddenly speeding into a highway during rush hour or rollover, out of control, right into a nearby town? One accident’s damage would mean millions in repairs and personal reparations.

Truck accidents are often due to negligence as well. Given the potentiality for devastation, truckers and trucking companies are given federal laws and guidelines that are specific to them alone. For example, truck drivers are only allowed to drive a consecutive fourteen hours a day.

Truckers must also be professionally licensed in order to drive a truck due to the experience that is necessary to responsibly and safely maneuver such a vehicle. A truck as blind spots all around it that a driver needs to take account for—and these spots may not be one that a regular, casual driver may even think about. Trucking companies should be also responsible with the drivers that they hire so that accidents on the road don’t happen. Sad news is that not all of them always are—and that’s a sad, sad truth.

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