18-Wheeler Truck Accidents Can Be Extremely Deadly

By dtaw on December 01, 2015

A burned 18-wheeler truckTawwater Law Firm, PLLC has proudly served the entire state of Oklahoma, helping injury victims in and around Oklahoma City with their legal matters. When it comes to lawsuits involving truck accidents and commercial vehicle injuries, our team will be here for you and your loved ones with solid advice and counsel.

18-wheelers can be especially dangerous. With that in mind, let's consider these kinds of auto accidents right now.

Large Trucks Can Be Extremely Dangerous to Other Motorists

Large trucks pose a number of major dangers to people while they are on the road. When you are involved in an accident with a large truck, it can result in severe injuries, and even fatal injuries. The sheer amount of force that is generated by a large truck is tremendous, and colliding without another vehicle can result in tragedy.

This is why it's so important that motorists be on the alert when driving near/around any large vehicles. Attentiveness can mean the difference between life and death.

Major Blind Spots Make 18-Wheeler Truck Accidents More Likely

One reason why large trucks are so deadly is that there are so many blind spots on large trucks. Drivers may be unable to see cars that are next to the truck or just behind the truck. If a driver can't see you, it means you may be more likely to be hit or accidentally run off the road. This may also be a fault by the driver for failing to check blind spots. Regardless, it's a common reason why accidents would occur.

Jackknife Accidents Can Lead to Severe Injuries

A jackknife accident is a serious type of truck accident that can result in major injuries. During a jackknife accident, the trailer pulled by the truck swings out of alignment, in some cases folding in on the truck much like a pocket knife. When this happens the truck loses control and strikes any vehicles or objects in the adjacent lane. Multi-car collisions from a jackknife accident can be deadly.

Truck Driver Fatigue Can Cause Major Collisions

Trucks are important for interstate commerce, and many truck drivers are forced to pull long hours in order to get items where they have to go in a timely fashion. Because of this, they often experience driver fatigue and sleep deprivation. This means poor metal alertness, delayed reflexes, failure to apply the brakes in time, and even a greater likelihood of falling asleep while behind the wheel. This can mean major accidents and severe injuries for drivers in nearby lanes.

Trucking Companies Need to Make Sure Their Trucks Are Safe

While truck drivers need to be held accountable for negligence, it's also important that trucking companies bear responsibility as well. When a trucking company hires unqualified drivers, does not service their trucks regularly, and has business practices in place that make major accidents more likely, it's imperative that these companies be held accountable.

This is why partnering with a skilled attorney is crucial. We will not back down, and we will not be intimidated by business interests and their influence.

Contact Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC

If you or someone that you care about has been harmed in a truck accident, it's of the utmost importance that you contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. The team at Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC will fight for you and your loved ones to help ensure a successful resolution of your case.

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