Recently, a commercial truck accident on the Louisiana-Texas border caused the roads to be closed down for a serious amount of time while officials cleaned up the damage. According to 12newsnow.com, the truck was carrying an oversized load and went off to the right side of the road. The cargo and truck together weighed almost 200,000 pounds, and therefore a large crane had to be used for the cleanup process.
The accident is currently under investigation. The driver was injured and taken to the nearby hospital by air.
This crash only involved the commercial vehicle driver himself, but many of these crashes involve another passenger vehicle. With commercial vehicle crashes, the sheer size differences between the commercial vehicles and the cars cause serious problems. People get very hurt, and their property gets severely damaged.
In 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were 3,380 people killed in large truck crashes and 254 people killed in bus crashes. An additional 93,000 people were injured in large truck and bus crashes. A total of 33,808 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes, and 2,217,000 people total were injured. In addition, tens of thousands of crashes caused property damage.
Passenger vehicle drivers as well as truck drivers must stay alert and take precautions on the road so everyone can stay safe. Trucks operate differently than passenger vehicles, and extra caution must be taken when drivers are approaching commercial vehicles. For example, trucks have different blind spots than passenger vehicles. Drivers must remember that if they cannot see the driver’s side mirrors, then the truck driver cannot see them. About one third of all crashes occur in a truck’s blind spot.
Also, it’s important to remember that trucks swing widely when they turn, and that cars need to stay clear of the truck’s path when it is turning. It is normally safer to avoid passing a truck on the right when the truck is turning right. Additionally, trucks and buses take a longer time to stop than other vehicles, so never cut off a truck, and it’s helpful to remember to be careful when having to stop abruptly. Even when motorists follow these suggestions, commercial drivers do make mistakes and are liable for the damages they cause when driving negligently.
Commercial vehicle drivers must make sure that they are well-rested and well-fed when they are driving. Truck drivers have hours-of-service requirements, and they cannot violate these rules. If they do, they and their companies may be legally liable for any injuries caused. Commercial drivers must also make sure to keep their vehicles properly maintained and keep a safe distance between themselves and the car ahead of them.
Commercial vehicle drivers who have acted negligently by poorly maintaining their vehicles or violating hours-of-service requirements should be held responsible for their actions. Drivers who act negligently on the road may be liable for injuries caused by their negligence. An attorney can help those injured in a commercial truck accident evaluate their case and hold the negligent driver responsible.