They have large Blind Spots called “no zones” located to the read, sides and front of the semi. This means a Driver can be completely unaware of a smaller vehicle traveling a few feet from its trailer. When a Big Rig makes a improper lane change and fails to see a car due to a blind spot, and fatal accidents can occur.
According to the NHTSA, the following categories of moving violations committed by drivers of commercial motor vehicles are the leading causes of potentially deadly truck accidents:
Another cause of big rig crashes is driver fatigue. There are legal limits related to the number of hours a commercial driver may operate without rest, but some drivers feel pressure from their employers to transport cargo to its destination under tight deadlines. Truck drivers are also paid by the mile, not by the hour, which could lead to drivers pushing themselves beyond their physical and mental limits, putting themselves and other motorists at risk. When truck drivers and the companies they work for companies neglect driver fatigue regulations to make more money, it is a large accident waiting to happen
According to the IIHS most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. Semi trucks or 18 wheelers often weight 20-30X more than a passenger car and have a much higher ground clearance, with a much slower braking capability. Now considering that 9 percent of all miles driven in the USA are commercial vehicles, one can understand why this is a major problem for drivers in the USA.
There are many variables that come into play after you have been involved in a commercial vehicle accident. Determining who is at fault for the accident, what is reasonable compensation and which insurance company to go after will all greatly affect the outcome of your case. The Truck Driver’s comercial insurance company will certainly have an experience attorney fighting against you, which is why you need an experience and skilled Truck Accident Attorney on your side as well. Torrey Pacific Law has the experience and skill to take on complex cases and win maximum compensation for our clients who have been involved in commercial truck crash.
After receiving medical care, the next important step is to secure your rights with an experienced truck accident attorney. Time will be an important factor in determining the value of your case. With our experienced legal representation, you will be able to navigate the circumstances in your devastating Truck accident and ensure that your rights are upheld if you do decide to file a truck accident case.