Over the past several years our firm has successfully handled a large number of cases involving heavy duty trucks or 18-wheelers. We have settled two separate death cases recently. In each case the driver of the truck was killed during a rollover event when the roof of the cab separated from the truck. Although rollover events in heavy trucks are foreseeable events, studied by the industry for decades in each case, the manufacturer failed to perform any type of rollover crashworthiness testing before the trucks were put on the market. The industry has known about this type risk for years.
Rollover research sponsored by truck manufacturers in the 1990’s showed that truck cabs could experience loads as high as 30,000-50,000 pounds in a rollover. The same research showed that heavy truck cabs would crush to the dash, eliminating the survival space, during a rollover onto the roof. Even in the face of this research American cab manufacturers refuse to perform any dynamic rollover testing to determine occupant safety in a rollover. Unfortunately, the heavy truck industry is not heavily regulated for safety by the government like the passenger car industry. Ben Baker handled these cases for the firm and did a very good job for the clients. If you would like more information on heavy duty truck litigation you can contact Ben at 800-898-2034 or by email at Ben.Baker@beasleyallen.com.
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