Remove Bad Truck Drivers from the Road!

By on 2-14-2017 in Traffic Accidents

Fatal truck accidents happen almost 11 times a day, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This translates to more than 4,000 deaths every year; non-fatal accidents, on the other hand, number to more than 100,000 annually.

Ii was in 1986 when the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act was passed into law. As this law strictly mandates the removal of bad drivers from the road, allowing drivers to continue operating a truck despite multiple traffic violations, especially a DUI or driving under the influence, is, therefore, a clear violation of this law, to which truck drivers, and their safety officers and employers must be held liable, especially if an accident occurs.

Many truck drivers normally drive for 11 hours, especially if the cargo they carry needs to be delivered fast and on time. Thus, despite feeling fatigued or sleepy, the mental resolve to make a timely delivery makes them forego personal needs for the sake of work requirement. This attitude, however, has proven detrimental many times as this takes away their focus on driving and reduces their ability to react to emergency situations. Furthermore, it increases their inability to notice smaller vehicles, whose drivers also fail to observe proper care, committing the mistake of tailgating a truck or driving in its “no zone” area.

Due to the length of big rigs or 18-wheelers, their drivers often end up failing to notice smaller vehicles driving in their “no-zone” or blind spot areas. These “no-zone” areas refer to spots around a truck where crashes would most likely happen because (smaller) vehicles are not visible to truck drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these areas include:

  • a truck’s front area, where smaller vehicles often make the mistake of suddenly slowing down or making an emergency stop after cutting in front of a truck;
  • a truck’s rear area, where smaller vehicles make the mistake of tailgating it; and,
  • a truck’s sides (especially the right or passenger side), where smaller vehicles are usually never visible and can easily be crushed if truck changes lane or makes a right turn.

According to the law firm Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, “Trucking companies and the drivers they employ have a legal and ethical responsibility to protect other drivers on the road. When a trucking company has done everything they can to ensure that both their vehicles and their employees have what they need to do the job safely, the responsibility for safe conduct shifts to the truck driver. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to take this responsibility seriously and cause catastrophic and preventable accidents as a result. Bearing all these in mind, truck accidents victims have every reason to take legal action against the responsible party if they suspect the accident was caused by any form of negligence or recklessness.”

On its part, the firm Abel Law says, “Large semi-trailer trucks have a commanding presence on the road. Most drivers take extra care around these large vehicles because they understand how devastating an accident with a truck could be. A single truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, or 40 times the weight of an average passenger vehicle.

Truck drivers have a responsibility to control their vehicles and to exercise caution at all times to help avoid causing an accident. When a truck driver acts in a way that puts other drivers at risk, he or she may be held liable for any injuries or damages that result. Thus, if your injuries were caused by another person’s reckless actions, you may be eligible to win compensation for medical expenses, reduced earning capacity, disability, ongoing pain, and emotional suffering. It is not right for innocent victims to shoulder the burden of other people’s mistakes.”

Damages from Car Accidents

By on 2-14-2017 in Traffic Accidents

Car accidents can be triggered by a lot of things, such as driver errors, auto defects, road hazards, and dangerous weather conditions. The most tragic car accidents and injuries are those that involve an innocent motorist. According to the website of personal injury attorney Ali Mokaram, a negligent party who has caused injury to an innocent party may be held liable.

But what exactly are the damages sustained in a car accident? They are written below to prove the point that car accidents are more damaging than you think.

Medical costs

The most obvious effect of traffic accidents is injury. If the motorists involved are lucky, they may sustain only minor ones, such as bruises, cuts, and road rashes. Those who are not so lucky may have traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries that may lead to paralysis, disfigurements, and amputations. The medical costs of these complications may not be easily covered, especially by families who are financially limited.

Pain and suffering

Of course, injuries are very painful. But it is important to note that physical pain is not just the kind of stressful feeling victims experience. They may also be emotionally and psychologically affected, influencing their general enjoyment of life. The most common problems include anxiety, depression, flashbacks and nightmares about the traumatic event, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Loss of wages

Getting injured does not just inflict pain and suffering and have medical costs, as it may also result into the loss of your earning capacity. If you are injured, your physical limitation can prevent you from going to work. Your therapy sessions will take your time away. Your injury may also be serious enough to warrant lifelong limitations to your ability to work and earn money.

As said earlier, these damages are more tragic when they happen on the innocent party, while the negligent party that has caused the traumatic event suffers from relatively less damages. To avoid these things, it is best to always drive safely and be aware of your surroundings.