Bad Driving Performance and Employer Negligence: Factors that Cause Truck Accidents

Feb 8, 2017 by

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, fatal truck accidents happen almost 11 times a day; this translates to more than 100,000 injuries and more than 4,000 deaths every year. These numbers are despite the facts that both the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have created laws and strictly enforce these laws that are directed towards significantly reducing road accidents involving trucks.

Despite efforts from the government, however, bad driving performance and company or employer negligence continue to keep the number of truck accidents high. With regard to bad driving behavior, it has been discovered that many truck accidents are caused by drivers with multiple violations and who have very recently received warnings from their safety officers; despite these violations and warnings, they have been allowed to continue operating their vehicles.

In 1986, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act was passed. This Act strictly mandates the removal of bad drivers from the road. Allowing drivers to continue operating a truck despite multiple traffic violations, especially a DUI or driving under the influence is a clear violation of this law, to which drivers, safety officers and employers must answer.

On the issue of company or employer negligence, the Department of Transportation has revealed that many small truck companies, to be able to continue with their operations, simply re-register under a new name and change their corporate structure in order to evade liability for accidents wherein their drivers are at fault, and escape legal responsibility for company violations of federal laws.

Unlike cars and SUVs, a semi-trailer, also called a big rig or an 18-wheeler, can easily damage smaller vehicles and severely injure or kill all their passengers. Accidents, injuries and deaths are not just statistical data. In each accident, many lives are affected: the lives of victims and of the members of their respective families. It will be in the best interest of victims to get in touch with a highly-skilled personal injury lawyer (as soon as possible) after an accident for them to immediately receive justice and the compensation which the court may find them worthy to claim.

It is explained in the website of the law firm Ali Mokaram & Associates, P.C., that “18 wheelers are an important way for U.S. companies to transport goods across the nation. However, these trucks are some of the largest and most difficult vehicles to operate on roads and highways. Their enormous weight and size make basic driving maneuvers, such as lane switching, braking, and turning, difficult for even the most seasoned truck drivers. There are many safety procedures in place for 18 wheelers and their drivers, but when drivers fail to adhere to such procedures, commercial vehicle accidents can result in serious injury and even death.

Individuals involved in an 18 wheeler accident can attest to the severity of damage caused by these massive vehicles. These giants may be necessary to deliver the goods consumers need, but when the negligence of a driver or a transportation company causes injuries to an innocent victim, they need to pay compensation to those who suffered.”

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