Recent data suggests that accidents concerning 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles are much more common than one might suspect. Each year, more than 4,000 people die in collisions involving trucks. That’s quite significant since these trucks make up less than four percent of all passenger vehicles on U.S. roads, yet 12 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities involve commercial vehicles.
Recently, in North Carolina a tractor-trailer rear-ended a school bus, sending 13 people to hospitals. Fortunately, there were no fatalities in this accident. It was reported that the collision occurred about 7 a.m. near the highway’s intersection when the 18-wheeler’s driver struck the backend of the bus, which was slowing down to pick up a student. The school bus was on its way to a local school with 12 students on board at the time of the collision.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides regulations for the safe operation of commercial vehicles. It’s the responsibility of the commercial motor carrier to ensure that both the vehicles and the drivers it employs meet all federal regulations to safeguard. This is to protect both a carrier’s employees and the general driving public. Issues that are often involved in commercial vehicle litigation include:
Sadly, the trucking industry continues to fall short of safety regulations, and minimum insurance requirements for commercial trucks have a reputation of inadequately compensating those who have been seriously injured in a deadly collision. Chris Glover and Julia Beasley, lawyers in the Personal Injury/Products Liability Section at Beasley Allen, handle cases of personal injury involving heavy trucks, log trucks, 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles. For more information about these types of claims, contact Chris or Julia at 800-898-2034 or by email at Chris.Glover@BeasleyAllen.com or Julia.Beasley@beasleyallen.com.
Sources: News Observer
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