A woman in a family van with her mother, 3-year old and 15-month old sons, was caught in traffic congestion on Interstate 80 on August 1, 2006. Unknown to the woman driver was a fast approaching three-axle Intercontinental 9400 semi-trailer behind them. The semi-trailer failed to stop on time; it rear-ended the van, crushed and slammed it into the flat-bed truck in front of it and caused it to be engulfed in fire. The accident killed everyone on the scene: the semi-trailer driver and all minivan occupants.
Investigations showed that, months prior to the accident, the semi-trailer driver has had three prior rear-end accidents and had been given seven warnings by his company’s safety manager. All these, according to experts, manifest a red flag for unsafe driving; the driver should never have been allowed to be on the road.”
There are more than 15 million trucks operating in the U.S.; about 2 million of these are semi-trucks, also called tractor-trailers, big rigs. Due to these too many trucks travelling in inter-state on American roads plus their huge sizes, fatal truck accidents are all too common, but only because of trucking companies that do not properly screen for problem drivers and drivers who are overly tired or sleepy (fatigue is actually the resurfacing major cause of truck crashes anywhere in the U.S.).
Fatal truck accidents claim about 11 lives every single day or close to 4,000 people each year, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). But because truck drivers are usually paid by the mile and are never given overtime pay, many of them push themselves to the limit, driving despite very little sleep, some without any sleep at all. This has resulted to many drivers dozing off while behind the wheel and while running at the speed of 60 – 65 mph. As a result, many trucks ram into smaller vehicles and seriously injure, if not kill, their passengers.
There are different types of truck accidents, but with legal representation from a dedicated and seasoned personal injury or truck accident lawyer, you may be able to pursue compensation for the unnecessary pain and suffering you have been forced to endure. This website, www.evansmoorelaw.com, may be able to provide you with more helpful information about the best legal pursuit you can pursue in seeking the compensation that you legally deserve.