One of the most serious problems facing motorists in the U.S. are dangerous collisions with large semi-trucks and tractor trailers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently published statistics showing there were over 100,000 injuries and nearly 4,000 fatalities in 2012 due to large truck accidents. The attorneys of Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley for Great Bend have substantial experience dealing with trucking accidents, and have seen how they have tragically affected the lives of clients.
The four major causes of trucking accidents are: inclement weather, improper loading, mechanical failure and truck driver error.
A road surface that’s slick or icy only intensifies the dangers of driving a large truck. Snow, rain and ice have an immense effect on the safety of tractor trailers and big rigs. Due their massive size, large trucks are difficult to maneuver even during clear road conditions. Inclement weather makes it almost impossible. Another major cause of trucking accidents involves cargo being loaded haphazardly. This produces an uneven distribution of weight, which causes navigation difficulties for large trucks. This may result in big rigs having problems staying upright, or causing the trailer and cab to move in opposite directions while driving.
Safety regulations are often a last resort for commercial trucking companies. It’s all about profit — not the safety of motorists. As a result, there are many large trucks on the road with bad tires and faulty brakes. Even a well-maintained big rig has a slow reaction time. With defective brakes and tires, a big rig transforms into an almost unmanageable vehicle. The number one cause of trucking accidents is truck drive error. There are many truck drivers who either suffer from substance abuse, or fatigue because of long periods of continuous driving with sleep. This deadly combination results in drivers taking unnecessary risks in traffic. The results are often tragic with innocent people being injured in senseless accidents. Please contact the experienced attorneys at Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley for Great Bend if you’ve been the victim of a trucking accident. We have the resources and knowledge to successfully handle your case!