Accidents involving large trucks are a source of concern for many drivers, given the size of trucks compared to the size of passenger vehicles. Trucks have large blind spots and move in a more unwieldy way on the road. Their impact can also be devastating.
A recent accident on the I-95 highlights some of the consequences that can arise from a large truck accident. The accident was allegedly caused by a truck driver who didn't slow down on time and rear-ended another truck; the contents of the rear-ended truck, thousands of aluminum cans, fell out onto the road. Furthermore, a passenger vehicle got swept up in the accident; the driver of the passenger vehicle sustained minor injuries.
The outcome of the accident could have been worse. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2011 there were 3,608 large trucks involved in crashes that resulted in fatalities; thousands more were involved in accidents with non-fatal injuries. In this recent accident on the I-95, there were no fatalities or non-fatal permanent harm. However, one individual involved still sustained injuries and there was also property damage. The cargo from the rear-ended truck also posed additional hazards to drivers when it tumbled out onto the road.
Although truck drivers aren't responsible for every accident involving large trucks, when they are, it's both their behavior and their employer's behavior that deserves scrutiny. Were the drivers fatigued or expected to drive an unreasonable number of hours? Were they intoxicated or distracted? Was the cargo on their truck secured properly?
In some situations, passenger vehicle drivers are at fault. For example, the passenger vehicle driver may have tail-gated the truck. Don't automatically assume that in an accident involving a large truck, a car driver will be let off the hook for any responsibility.
In the aftermath of any accident involving trucks, it's important to reach out to an experienced Martin County personal injury attorney. Given that truck accidents can have steep costs in terms of lost life, medical expenses from injuries, and extensive property damage, you need to contact a reputable attorney who can help you figure out what happened and fight for the compensation you need.