Facts About the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Big rigs have a much greater impact on traffic than the normal automobile or motorcycle. They not only take up more room on the roadway but also do more damage to roads and highways and often clog up traffic because of their size and slower speeds. They are also responsible for more accidents.
There are many areas where truckers stand out from other motorists. One of the more critical ways when it comes to highway accidents is their blind spot. An 18-wheeler driver has a much longer and wider blind spot than regular motorists. It is not uncommon to hear stories where a truck driver pulled into a car in the next lane because the trucker simply couldn’t see the car because of the blind spot. Many motorists are not aware of how dangerous it is to drive next to a big rig on the highway.
In order to turn at a stop light, an 18-wheeler usually needs to pull way out in the opposite direction of the turn. Sometimes drivers don’t realize that the trucker is trying to make a turn and they pull into that space, resulting in an accident. All these facts can add up to serious or even fatal truck accidents unless the driver is really paying attention.
Truck drivers know that they have a greater responsibility to pay attention to their driving. If they’re tired or influenced by drugs or alcohol, the results can be devastating. A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh 80,000 pounds, while the average auto only weighs 4,000 pounds. You can easily see that a car doesn’t have a chance against the truck.
That’s why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was formed. The public recognized the great danger posed by 18-wheelers and sought to find a way to make the streets safer. The FMCSA works to ensure that truck drivers are not impaired in any way when they get behind the wheel. But there are certain people who always look for ways around the regulations and this can result in a serious truck accident on roadways.
Each year, thousands of serious injuries occur on roadways involving 18-wheelers. Semi-trucks make up only two percent of the traffic, and yet they are responsible for eight percent of the accidents. These truck accidents often occur as a result of negligence on the part of the commercial vehicle driver or transport company. Motorists who are involved in accidents with a truck often sustain serious to life-threatening injuries.
How Zinda Law Group Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, it’s important to seek help from an experienced truck accident lawyer. Zinda Law Group is highly experienced in handling truck accident cases, and we understand the complex laws covering the trucking industry.
We work with victims to help them seek the compensation they deserve for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages. A team of experienced truck injury lawyers go to work on your behalf to uncover the truth about the accident and assist you and your family. Call us today at 800-863-5312 to get started with a free consultation.