Let’s Face it, Other People don’t always Carry Themselves in a Way that is Mindful of Public Safety . . . Thus . . .

Let’s Face it, Other People don’t always Carry Themselves in a Way that is Mindful of Public Safety . . . Thus . . .

Jul 07

About 2 million or 13 % of the 15 million trucks registered in the U.S. are semi-trailers, also called big rigs or 18-wheelers. Of these 2 million semi-trailers, about half a million get involved in accidents every year, taking nearly 5,000 lives and seriously injuring more than 100,000 others.

These huge vehicles keep businesses operating and the nation’s economy growing. The growing job demand, however, has been a big concern for truck operators who, very often, find themselves faced with the problem of finding qualified truck drivers in order to complete job orders on time.

Despite the major contribution of semi-trucks to the nation’s economy, this does not erase the fact that these vehicles are threats on the road, not only because of their huge size, but also because of the many problems and errors that truck drivers can commit.

Sharing the road with large trucks and vans can place other drivers at risk of serious injuries if they are involved in a truck accident, as truck accidents often have more serious consequences for accident victims than other types of accidents because of the greater impact that a truck’s enormous size can cause. Unfortunately, many people in Atlanta are forced to deal with the repercussions of a truck accident due to the negligent actions of truck drivers and trucking companies. One good news, though, is that, in many cases, victims of truck accidents are entitled to seek compensation to help them recover some of the costs that their accident may have had. This can help victims of such accidents to get the support they need and get their lives back on track.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continue to pass and implement laws aimed at reducing the yearly statistics of semi-trailer accidents. These laws are not only directed to drivers, who are the ones often blamed simply because they are the ones behind the wheel, but to truck operators to since many of them resort to unacceptable and, often, illegal, means just to keep the money coming in. Known violations of truck operators include, but are not limited to:

  • Hiring of unqualified drivers;
  • Failure to train and further train drivers;
  • Allowing drivers to continue driving despite very recent traffic violations;
  • Failure to properly screen applicants about past driving violations;
  • Forcing drivers to work beyond the mandated maximum number of hours of service;
  • Failure to replace worn out truck parts, especially tires and brakes; and,
  • Failure to conduct regular truck checks and maintenance.

 

Many trucking firms, especially small ones, even resort to re-registering under a different name and management in order to evade charges and liability for past serious traffic violations.

Though some incidents are innocuous, many unsuspecting citizens who have had the misfortune of being the victim of another party’s recklessness are forced to deal with the life-altering repercussions of a serious injury. Unfortunately, other people don’t always carry themselves in a way that is mindful of public safety, resulting in countless accidents caused by negligence. Additionally, the struggles of recovery often don’t end when a victim is released from the hospital, making it even more painful when expensive medical bills, missed time from work, lost income, and possible emotional trauma has to be attended to.

Even though an experience like this presents a lot of strife, the burden of your recovery can be lessened by obtaining financial restitution for your injuries. The healing process of innocent victims should not be deterred by financial struggles. This is why there will always be determined legal teams that can fight on your behalf to get you the care you deserve and to bring to bring to justice responsible negligent parties, in the hope of putting a stop to their irresponsible behavior.