An unfortunate reality for motorists in the U.S. are the all-too-common tragic collisions with large semi-trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) illustrates this problem with statistics from 2012. It shows that over 100,000 injuries and nearly 4,000 fatalities were the result of large truck accidents. Scott, Mike and Mitch of Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley serving McPherson Kansas have seen how trucking accidents have negatively impacted the lives of clients over the years.
Trucking accidents are most commonly caused by inclement weather, improper loading, mechanical failure, and truck driver error.
One of the biggest contributors to accidents is because a large truck’s cargo is often loaded haphazardly. This uneven distribution of weight causes an imbalance in the truck’s bed. This makes navigation more difficult, because drivers find it harder to keep their big rigs upright. It’s also more difficult to keep their trailer from swinging in the opposite direction. As we all know, rain, snow and ice cause slick road conditions. Large trucks are a challenge to operate even during normal conditions. The road hazards caused by inclement weather only increases the dangers for drivers of large trucks.
The majority of trucking accidents are unfortunately caused by truck driver error. Many truckers don’t take care of themselves on the road, and end up driving for days without proper rest. They suffer from fatigue and even substance abuse, which greatly hampers their judgment behind the wheel. In this impaired state of consciousness, truckers put the lives of other motorists at great risk. To make things even worse, commercial trucking companies ignore industry safety regulations in the name of profit. There are countless large trucks on the road that have defective tires and brakes. Well-maintained big rigs have a difficult enough time reacting to traffic conditions. Brakes and tires that don’t properly operate only add to the danger. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, call our professional lawyers immediately. Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley serving McPherson Kansas has the experience needed to successfully pursue your case!