Children are always fascinated by “big rigs”, “semis”, “eighteen wheelers”, or “semi trucks”. Those are common nicknames given to trucks who carry large cargo with lengths up to 80 feet. They can also weigh around 80,000 pounds or more. That is a heavy lot on the road. To put that into perspective let’s look at other things that are that heavy: trucks are typically half the weight of a space shuttles; one truck weighs the same of about 6 elephants and nine and a half hippopotamuses; you would need 3 cruise ship anchors to weigh the same as the heaviest truck; and last, a truck can weigh as heavy as five Tyrannosaurus Rex’s. Now can you imagine something that heavy and long starting to cross over into your lane going over 55 MPH?
Something that is that heavy takes time to stop and go. Something that heavy takes time to move and it takes a sophisticated driver to ensure that the truck is driven safely on the road. It is well known that truck drivers have to follow specific rules and guidelines. For example, they are not allowed to drive over a certain amount of hours or miles. Truck drivers are also encouraged to take breaks as well as have an appropriate amount of hours to sleep. Even though these regulations are strict, not every company enforces and not every truck driver pays attention to them. When those guidelines are fudged or ignored then there is an increase in chances for an accident.
A study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a study to analyze the most common kinds of trucking accidents. Most accidents are attributed to running out of travel lane, losing control of the vehicle due to driving too fast, cargo shifted, vehicle system failure, poor road conditions, or colliding with the back of another vehicle. From this list, we can deduce that most of these accidents are due to driver error and not mechanical with the exception of cargo shifting or vehicle system failure.
Other common reasons were unfamiliarity with the road, inattentive driving, driving under the influence, or poor driving performance. Because of the strength of these vehicles, fatalities are more common than regular car accidents. For example, in Miramar, a driver of a sedan was seriously injured after crashing into a tanker truck. The car literally slammed under the tanker. The only person injured was a car driver.
What To Do
Accidents happen anywhere and at anytime. They can change your life. This is why it is so important to hire a Miramar Trucking Accident Attorney at the Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman. We know how to work aggressively and advocate for our client’s needs. When you are up against a giant “big rig” more than likely you are up against a well-funded company. Don’t be bullied into settling for an unfair price. Call 954-438-1000 or click here to find out how we can help advocate for you today.