Two motorists were killed during the early morning of Thursday, July 27, after a 65-year-old trucker crashed into their vehicles in a tragic three-car accident. The truck driver was taken into custody soon thereafter by state police on suspicion of having been driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs at the time.
A jackknifing semi truck is terrifying for other drivers. It's completely out of control, it can take up the entire roadway, and numerous vehicles can all be drawn into the same accident.
Behaviors that are obviously dangerous for cars and SUVs are even worse for commercial trucks. The sheer size of a semi-truck amplifies common hazards, such as stop-and-go traffic, poor weather conditions, objects in the roads and other adverse conditions.
It's true that a lot of truck accidents are caused by other drivers, at least in part. They may tailgate trucks, cut them off, drive in the no zones, not give them space to turn, and make other mistakes. However, even though truck drivers are professionals who drive for a living, it's only fair to point out that they also cause some of these potentially deadly accidents. Below are three reasons that they may do so:
Texting while driving is a common form of distraction, something that lawmakers and police have been trying to put a stop to in many ways. When a driver isn't watching the road, he or she can quickly cause a deadly accident. This is bad enough with 3,000-pound passenger vehicles, but it's especially dangerous with semi trucks.
All kinds of things can impact the likelihood of a truck getting into an accident. One are what sorts of objects are aboard the truck. This not only includes what kind of cargo a truck is carrying, but what objects a trucker brings with them into the truck. When such objects contain defects which could cause fires or other harmful incidents, there could be a risk that the object could open the door to a crash through disrupting the truck or its driver.
Daimler Trucks North America recently recalled three of their Freightliner trucks because of concern over electrical fires and the possibility of loose bolts. This truck recall brought owner and public safety to the forefront.
Truck accidents can cost people their lives. Unfortunately, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics indicate that, last year, such accidents took a particularly high amount of lives as compared to other years in the recent past.
Truck accidents are quick events that can have severe and long-lasting consequences for their victims. Just as it doesn’t take long for a truck accident to occur, it doesn’t take long after a truck accident for things to happen that can have significant implications regarding a victim’s legal and overall situation when it comes to pursuing fair compensation.