Truck and Tractor Trailer Accidents

How many times have you looked in your rearview mirror while traveling down the interstate at the posted speed limit with a tractor-trailer less than a car length on your bumper? Or, how about a large commercial vehicle crossing your lane of highway, well aware there is insufficient space, because the truck driver knows you would rather stop to avoid slamming into the side of his vehicle. Too often tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles feel they own the road. But, they do not.

Every year persons all across the country are seriously injured and killed by eighteen-wheelers. Much of that is due to the sheer force of a collision. I recently settled a claim wherein a tractor-trailer failed to stop at a red light and slammed into the side of my client. The tractor-trailer was traveling only 25 mph. However, the combined weight of the tractor-trailer and the load of approximately 60,000 pounds generated force comparable to an average 4000 pound vehicle traveling at a speed of 400 mph.

We are very familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) regulations that apply to the trucking industry; however, all too often trucking companies will distort records to cover up the fact that their driver has driven grossly in excess of the 40 hours permitted by federal regulations.

An additional problem is the corporate philosophy of  "getting the load there on time.”  Do you remember those old Dominoes commercials of "If it's not there in 30 minutes you don't have to pay for it?”  You don’t hear that commercial, or anything similar to it, anymore, do you? That is because the pressure on the driver to satisfy corporate superiors often leads to excessive speed; failure to stop at red lights, and other examples of reckless driving that needlessly injured innocent motorists.