Commercial motor vehicles – commonly referred to as semis or tractor trailers – are big and heavy vehicles. Because of their size and weight, they take longer to stop than passenger cars. When semis are involved in accidents, serious personal injuries and often deaths are not uncommon.
According to government data, each year an estimated 475,000 semis are involved in accidents, with over 5,000 fatalities and over 140,000 injuries resulting from those accidents. While the statistics fluctuate each year, the number of fatal accidents involving semis continues to increase.
Certain factors are common in many truck accidents. They include distracted driving, driving too fast for the conditions or traffic level, driving while fatigued or under the influence of drugs and poor to nonexistent training. Many trucking companies hire drivers who have some driving history and give them no training. They also do not have a real safety program designed to reduce preventable accidents.
In many instances the truck drivers are also victims and are taken advantage of by their companies, who push them beyond the point of exhaustion. Having tired and stressed out drivers behind the wheels of semis is clearly unsafe.
Most states along with the federal government have set forth rules that operators of commercial motor vehicles are required to follow. Those Rules of the Road provide the industry standard for truck drivers. Our expert team has the knowledge and experience from dealing with those rules and regulations over many years.
We have successfully resolved many trucking accident cases over the years. If you or a loved one was in an accident caused by a semi, we can help. Call us immediately for a free consultation.