According to the US Department of Transportation, during the 2012 calendar year there were more than 2,500 accidents involving 18 wheeler vehicles. This data further shows there were more than 900 injuries sustained in this time period. This disturbing number means that victims who are involved in these accidents are probably facing far more catastrophic injuries than those who were involved in auto to auto accidents.
Size is a determining factor
There is little doubt that the sheer size of a truck will create an environment for serious injuries. After all, when you are driving a car and are involved in 18 wheeler accidents, you do not have the same protection that is offered to the truck driver. Cars, small trucks and pedestrians have a far greater chance of being injured during an accident with a truck.
Operator safety procedures
Most of us do not spend ten or more hours a day driving. This is one of the primary reasons why truck drivers are held to much different standards of driving than those who operate a standard motor vehicle. These standards include only hands free operation of devices, limits on number of hours driven and even rules that govern if a truck driver can eat while on the road. Drivers of 18 wheelers must focus their attention on the road all the time and several rules including both federal and state are in place to ensure drivers are operating safely at all times.
When something goes wrong
Unfortunately, the strictest regulations may be ignored. Even when they are followed, accidents involving cars and 18 wheelers may still occur. When a truck driver works too many hours, is driving distracted or is drinking and driving, they put other drivers at serious risk. When you are involved in an accident, you have the right to seek out a competent attorney who understands how to investigate 18 wheeler accidents.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving an 18 wheeler, contact Noel B. Leonard Attorney LLC. We will take all the necessary steps to make sure that the accident is fully investigated and the truck driver, and when appropriate, the company they work for is held accountable.