Collisions with large semi-trucks and tractor trailers are a serious problem for motorists throughout the United States. Statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that in 2012 there were over 100,000 injuries and nearly 4,000 fatalities that were the result of accidents with large trucks. The experienced attorneys of Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley for Dodge City have seen the dangers of trucking accidents, and how they have traumatically affected the lives our clients.
The major causes of trucking accidents include inclement weather, improper loading, mechanical failure, and truck driver error.
Inclement weather such as snow, rain and ice has a tremendous effect on the road safety of big rigs and tractor trailers. Because of their size, large trucks are difficult to operate—even during normal road conditions. A slick road surface only adds to the danger of driving a large vehicle that’s transporting heavy cargo. This brings us to another major cause of trucking accidents. Many times a truck’s cargo is loaded haphazardly so its weight is distributed unevenly. This imbalance makes it difficult for large trucks to navigate while staying upright, causing the trailer and cab to travel in opposite directions.
Unfortunately, safety regulations are often ignored by commercial trucking companies in the name of profit. This means that there are many large trucks on the road that have faulty brakes and tires. Reaction time is difficult for even a well-maintained big rig, but defective breaks and tires are a disaster waiting to happen. Truck driver error is the number one cause of trucking accidents. Many drivers suffer from substance abuse and fatigue due to long stretches on the road without sleep. These conditions can cause truckers to take unnecessary risks, and to disobey speed limits–often with tragic results. If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident, please contact the professional attorneys at Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley for Dodge City. We have the experience necessary to pursue your case!