Semi-Truck Accidents Seriously Injure and Kill
Studies conducted by the National Highway and Safety Administration from 2010 reveal that 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 people injured in crashes involving large tractor trailer or semi-trucks. From this figure, approximately 17,000 were children. Children are oftentimes more seriously harmed in semi-truck accidents due to a multitude of reasons but are clearly more vulnerable. Of course, given the physics of a large, multi-ton semi-truck impacting a passenger car, it is amazing that anyone survives this type of crash. Road safety by trucking companies should be followed and placed in the forefront of everything they do. But, despite heavy regulation by federal and state governments, trucking companies still seem to place getting their loads delivered at whatever cost ahead of public safety. Everyday you see large trucks driving too fast with big loads and cutting over lanes in front of other cars and trucks on the road. The causes of these fatal accidents are many, but we see a persistent pattern of negligence.
Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
The picture to the right is a classic example of overloading and why tractor trailer accidents still occur on our roadways. The load depicted is clearly unsafe and never should have been allowed to leave the terminal. No matter how “secure” in the beginning, an experienced semi-truck driver will tell you ALL loads shift. Braking, turning, and other typical driving maneuvers will make heavy loads unstable and dangerous. If the truck has to take evasive action or a sharp turn, the load will move and cause the driver to lose control. It takes real effort to keep a fully loaded truck on the road. When control is lost, only time and distance will eventually stop the truck. Anything or anyone who gets in the way is just doomed.
Another major cause of tractor trailer accidents is driver fatigue due to long hours on the road and excessive delivery demands. These days, the average age of a semi-truck driver is over 50 years old. Younger people simply do not want to drive trucks. The life of a trucker can be a lonely one. You are gone from friends and family for days or even weeks at a time. In addition, being stuck behind the wheel day after day becomes very boring and monotonous. Semi-truck drivers say they get “stir crazy” even though they are traveling at 60 plus MPH. As a result, there is a real, nationwide driver shortage. Consequently, there are fewer drivers available to deliver more loads which means longer times and distances to get the job done. And tractor trailer trucking companies place more demands on their existing drivers to meet their schedules no matter what.
The final cause of semi-truck accidents we will discuss is improper maintenance on trucks. Given the shortage of drivers, trucking companies use fewer trucks. Semi-trucks are very expensive and have to be in motion to be paying for themselves. Companies still trying to remain profitable have to prolong usage between service rotations. As a result, trucks are going longer before critical updates other than oil changes. Brakes and tires require more time off the road and are costly. While oil changes keep the engine going, brakes and tires keep the truck on the road. Hopefully, as the economy improves, younger drivers will be drawn into the trucking profession. Although it is certainly hard work, the pay is also greatly above average. And with no time to spend it, a person could drive a semi-truck for a few years and really save up some money. It would also help make our roads a little safer as younger drivers can remain alert longer than older truckers. All drivers on the highways just want to get home safely.
Four people, including three children, were hospitalized after crashing head-on into a tractor-trailer on U.S. 64 East near N.C. 109 in Davidson County Saturday.
According to authorities, the crash occurred around 2 p.m. when a eastwardly bound Nissan passenger car collided with a tractor-trailer that was headed in the opposite, westbound lane.
All four people in the car were transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, three with serious injuries and one with critical injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.
Studies from 2010 reveal that 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks. During that same year, 276,00 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes. Of the fatalities involving large trucks reported in 2010, 76 percent were occupants of other vehicles, 10 percent were nonoccupants, and 14 percent were occupants of the large trucks.
Although truck drivers are required to have more skills than the normal driver, the shear size of these vehicles provides reason enough to exercise caution. When you or someone you love has been involved in a serious accident, the Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower can be there to assist you on your path to recovery. Call us today and speak directly with one of our lawyers at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.
A Rock Hill resident lost his life in a multi-car collision involving a tractor-trailer, that consequently ended in a massive fire on Interstate 85.
The accident occurred last Friday, around 1:45 p.m., on I-85 going southbound near the Statesville Road exit. The tractor-trailer was owned and operated by a Food Delivery Service, who had been travelling to Asheboro, N.C., and were on their way back to Rock Hill, SC. The tractor-trailer was empty at the time of the accident.
When the tractor-trailer slide out of control, it slammed into the back of a female driver’s vehicle, trapping her inside. This particular victim was the first one hit in the multi-car collision at hand.
Speed and alcohol have not been considered as attributing factors to the crash.
York County Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorneys
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, a typical trucking accident or ” tractor-trailer” accident occurs when the larger trucks, usually over 10,000 lbs., collides with other vehicles, trucks, or even worse, pedestrians. The DOT statistics states that around 500 thousand of these accidents occur each year. Of these, 5,000 or so end in fatalities. Even more disturbing, one out of every eight traffic accidents that end in death, are involved with a trucking collision.
In the event that you, or someone you love has found themselves involved in a tractor-trailer, truck, or ” big rig” accident, please call the experience Commercial Truck Attorneys at Reeves, Aiken and Hightower, LLP to evaluate your claim and help get you the justice you deserve!
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On September 5, Henry R. Womack of Turbeville S.C. lost his life while driving the treacherous streets of Chicago, Illinois. Apparently, Womack was the driver of a semi-tractor-trailer and was involved in a serious collision that cost him his life.
He was travelling on the Bishop Ford Freeway, when his semi-tractor-trailer collides with another vehicle, and abruptly took Womack’s life, where he was pronounced dead on scene.
The details are still hazy, as the accident did not occur in Womack’s hometown.
South Carolina Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been involved in a tractor-trailer accident during bad weather or road conditions, contact the experienced commercial truck accident attorneys of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP. With over 75 years combined legal experience, former insurance defense backgrounds, and a former Registered Nurse (RN), our team is standing by to help get you and your family through this difficult time. For more information, please visit our website at www.rjrlaw.com. Compare our attorneys’ credentials. Then, call us for a private consultation about your particular situation. Hire the best tractor-trailer accident attorney in whom you have the most confidence to get you the justice you deserve!
At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP, all of our attorneys are seasoned trial lawyers with over 70 years combined experience. Whether it is criminal or civil, our litigators are regularly in Court fighting for our clients. Two of our firm’s partners, Art Aiken and Robert Reeves, are inducted lifetime members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Reeves has also been named one of the Top 100 lawyers for South Carolina in 2012 by the National Trial Lawyers Organization. Our attorneys include a former SC prosecutor, a former public defender, a former Registered Nurse (RN), and former insurance defense attorneys. As a result of their varied backgrounds, they understand the potential criminal, insurance, and medical aspects of complex injury cases. We would welcome an opportunity to sit down and personally review your case. Compare our attorneys’ credentials to any other law firm. Then call us today at 877-374-5999 for a private consultation. Or visit our website at www.rjrlaw.com.
Semi Truck Overturns Spills Lumber on I-85 in Spartanburg South Carolina
March 6th, 2012 | Author: Truck360 Staff
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – A semi truck carrying lumber overturned spilling lumber on an exit ramp of Interstate 85 on Friday morning, February 24, in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
A lumber truck overturned on the I-85 exit ramp in Spartanburg, SC on February 24, 2012 spilling lumber all over the ramp and the roadways of both interstates and causing a major traffic jam.
Spartanburg is located in Spartanburg County in the northern part of the state about 93 miles northwest of Columbia and 29 miles northeast of Greenville.
The 18 wheeler accident occurred just before 7:15 a.m. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the truck was traveling on the southbound exit ramp of I-85 onto I-26 eastbound when it overturned on the exit’s curve.
Map showing location where a lumber truck overturned on the exit ramp from the southbound I-85 to the eastbound 26 in Spartanburg, SC on February 24, 2012.
The driver of the tractor trailer was identified as Ronnie Lavelle Thomas, 29, of Stillmore, Georgia. Authorities charged Thomas with driving too fast for conditions.
No injuries were reported at the time of the accident.
The incident remains under investigation at this time.