Driver Fatigue: A Major Cause of Truck Accidents

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

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.

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Common Causes of Rollover Car Accidents

Posted by on Dec 3, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Not all car accidents are due to negligence and driver error. There are some that are related with stability issues. Rollover accidents are one of the deadliest that drivers may encounter on the road. Rollovers happen when the car’s center of gravity coupled with a narrow track makes it unstable in fast turns or sharp changes of direction. While they only account for 2.1% of the nearly 9.1 million accidents in 2010, rollovers accounted for nearly 35% of all deaths from vehicular accidents.

According to the website of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, rollover accidents occur when the driver loses control of the wheel causing the car to flip over several times. SUVs are the most prone to roll over given their high center of gravity. Aside from the center of gravity, rollover crashes are speed related. Figures from Safercar.gov revealed that 40% of fatal rollover crashes were due to excessive speeding.

Another cause of rollover accidents is alcohol impairment. When the driver is intoxicated, it increases their chances of losing control of their vehicle. Alcohol can heavily affect judgment, muscular coordination, and vision. When the driver’s blood alcohol concentration is higher than the required 0.08. this can cause impairment of the driver’s judgmernt skills.

Appleton personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C, will tell you that road conditions can also have a huge impact on rollover accidents. Especially in rural areas where the roads are undivided and without barriers, rollover accidents are quite likely as shown by the nearly ¾ of rollover accidents in rural areas.

Finally, data compiled by the NHTSA revealed that 90% of car rollover crashes were due to routine driving maneuvers such as going straight or negotiating a curve. This goes to show that the behavior of the driver can have a huge impact in rollover crashes.

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