Over the past decade, there has been a 25% increase in the number of trucks on the roads, automatically creating additional hazards for other drivers. Furthermore, recent deregulation, including the lifting of certain weight restrictions, has made sharing the highways with these enormous vehicles even more dangerous.
There are many safety courses available for commercial truck drivers. Some states require mandatory course completion, while others do not. Because over-the-road trucking sees trucks registered in various states driving on Michigan roads, some drivers are more highly-trained than others.
On average, 5,000 commercial trucks per year are involved in fatal traffic accidents in the United States. Due to the size and weight of tractor-trailers and semi-trucks, an accident involving any other vehicle often has catastrophic results.
A great deal of emphasis is placed on truck safety regulations by federal, state, and local authorities. This is because any type of large rig is incredibly dangerous to other vehicles when not operated with attentiveness and caution. Many of these regulations pertain to speed, weight restrictions on cargo, vehicle maintenance requirements, and special licensing requirements for truck drivers. Additionally, there are rules governing how many hours a day a driver is allowed to drive without sleep.
Unfortunately, most accidents involving commercial trucks are caused by disregard for the rules. The Federal Highway Administration has filed reports stating that truck safety has been suffering and their ability to monitor the increasing numbers is greatly diminished. Increasing pressure to make deliveries on time will often influence drivers to speed or drive on too little sleep.
Any accident involving an automobile, SUV, or motorcycle and a semi-truck is likely to result in devastation for the occupants of the the vehicle. If you or your loved ones have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck or semi-trailer, call us for a free consultation at 1-866-354-5544. Our experienced legal team at Thurswell Law is familiar with the ongoing negligence that often leads to this type of accident. No fee unless you collect.