Deaths From Truck Accidents May Be Preventable With Tougher Tractor Trailer Laws
Unless you are involved in an accident with a tractor trailer, your mind can not comprehend the magnitude of the situation. These rigs are essential for our society to function on a high-level, but is enough being done to protect other drivers from the devastating carnage that ensues from being involved in an accident with one of them? The sheer size of these vehicles is intimidating enough, but add freight, and their weight becomes an issue as well. Accidents are unintended, and no one wants to see another person become injured, or lose their life because of them.
Tractor trailers must have a rear guard in place, which is a steel bar designed to prevent cars from sliding underneath. However, some drivers involved in previous accidents, and many other proponents of current laws feel as if tougher safety measures need to replace old and outdated ones. Many of the rear end collisions, associated with these big trucks, results in the guard breaking loose, and the other vehicle becoming trapped underneath. Currently, there is no law requiring side guards on the trailers, but tests have shown that a rear guard does reduce the instances of an underride crash from occurring.
Information Regarding The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA)
The agency is focusing research efforts on crash avoidance technologies to prevent the accidents from happening in the first place. They are also reviewing the federal safety standards to make underride crashes more survivable for the involved parties. Studies are currently underway, between the NHTSA and the Texas Transportation Institute, over side underride protection, and is set to finish at the end of 2017. With any luck, the new information will allow new measures to be implemented to prevent fatalities.
Truck Accidents Are Face Paced And Chaotic
All crashes seem to happen in the blink of an eye to bystanders. However, for the drivers and passengers involved, the small amount of time can seem like an eternity, particularly to those in an underride crash. Becoming trapped under a moving tractor trailer, with tires squealing, and sparks flying, without having any control over the situation can have lasting effects on one's mental and physical health, providing that their life, is not lost, in the event. All drivers need to avoid distractions, stay aware of their surroundings, keep hands on the wheel, and try to remain calm while they are in their vehicles. We can not rely solely on technology and other elements to keep us protected on the roads, but rather, we must put forth an effort, our selves, to prevent accidents and injuries.
Compensation For Medical Expenses And More
If you have experienced a truck accident, underride crash, or another type of incident, you may be able to receive compensation for pain and suffering, prescription and medical costs, and more. Our firm has been representing clients in the southwest Florida area for years, and we would be more than happy to assist you with a free case review to help you understand your legal options. Our team has over 100 years of Florida legal experience, and we are prepared to fight tooth and nail to get you the compensation that you deserve.
We practice multiple areas of the law, including truck, car, and pedestrian accidents, as well as, brain, personal, and spinal injuries. Dog bites, slip, and fall accidents and various other areas are covered too. Don't hesitate to contact our office for your legal matters, and allow us the opportunity to help you through the entire ordeal.