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In our experience in trying cases for three decades, product liability and truck wrecks are some of the most challenging cases to try. Looking closely at these types of cases may revel product defects, fatigue, drug use, and inadequate qualifications and design. Products like trucks are disgorged from factories hastily designed and placed on the highways.
These trucks, if driven negligently are jockeying for position like race horses, hurdling past intersections and passenger vehicles, grand parents and children, challenging the timidity of other travelers on the roadways. Some trucks are loaded beyond capacity and patched together for that final haul. Many of these smaller operators happen to own a tractor-trailer rig and have no policies or ethics other than to get their loads from point A to B for the least cost and highest profit.
Driving next to 18-wheelers can be both scary and dangerous. The large and powerful force of a semi-truck roaring down the road is intimidating to drivers of smaller vehicles, trucks, and motorcycles. 18-wheelers are involved in some of the biggest and deadliest accidents across America. Although 18-wheeler truck drivers are licensed professionals, trucking accidents still occur quite frequently. Every year in the US there are approximately 400,000 trucking accidents, which comprise about 8% of all motor accidents – 4,500 of which are fatal. Although that may seem like a small number, when you consider that there are far fewer 18-wheelers than any other vehicles on the road, this figure is astounding. The common cause for 18-wheeler accidents is driver fatigue.
Although there are laws limiting how much time can be spent driving on the road, many drivers exceed that limit. When traveling those long stretches of lonely long roads, driving can be especially tiring. Other causes of 18-wheeler accidents include tire blowouts, faulty equipment, and sideswiping other vehicles when changing lanes because of blind spots.Statistics suggest that the big rigs can be even more dangerous during the winter months. There is an increase of 5% in trucking related crashes and injuries and fatalities during the winter. As a way to deal with these situations, if it is sleeting or snowing or is particularly slippery out on the roads this winter, trying to stay behind or in other lanes than these trucks. We also recommend you contact authorities if you see a trucker driving too fast or on too closely to other vehicles during these conditions. When the sins of the trucking industry are visited upon trusting passengers, motorists or pedestrians, you need to know what, how, and whom to attack to vindicate your rights.