State officials and company owners in Missouri and other states where 18-wheelers form part of their fleets seem -- in many cases -- to be unaware of the limitations related to tires and safe traveling speeds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 223 people lost their lives between 2009 and 2013 in truck accidents where tires were a factor. Tractor-trailer tires are built to be safe at maximum speeds of 75 mph.
Accidents that involve cars and tractor trailers commonly have catastrophic injuries or fatalities as the result. The sheer size of the trucks is enough to cause devastating injuries to motorists in truck accidents. For this reason, motorists should be extra vigilant when they travel in the vicinity of large trucks.
Wintertime on Missouri highways may present multiple challenges to drivers of vehicles, regardless of the vehicles' sizes. The accumulation of snow and ice on the road surface requires motorists to be especially vigilant and maintain proper following distances. Sudden braking or swerving to avoid a collision in such conditions often leads to a driver losing control of his or her vehicle. In many cases, drivers of large vehicles lose control, leading to truck accidents that may result in severe injuries and fatalities
Missouri drivers may not recognize the dangers of driving in the vicinity of large trucks. When traveling on multi-lane highways, it is not uncommon for semi-trucks or tractor-trailers to change lanes without considering other vehicles. Drivers of these huge vehicles often say that blind spots exist, and they may deny responsibility for truck accidents. Drivers of smaller vehicles commonly expect truck drivers to take extra care. Truck drivers may be wise not to assume that sedan drivers know exactly where they need to drive in order to be visible to the driver of a truck.
Missouri victims of truck accidents may have suffered severe injuries. Their physical condition, along with the anticipation of taking on large trucking companies and insurance companies, may deter them from filing a civil claim. However, if the accident that caused your injuries resulted from the negligence of a truck driver -- or any party connected to the driver -- you have the right to pursue recovery of damages incurred. Victims should not feel intimidated, as the help of professional advisors is available to handle truck accident claims on their behalf.
With the increased amount of traffic on Missouri highways, road users need to be extra vigilant when driving. Because of the size and weight of large trucks, extra care may help to avoid involvement in truck accidents. Large trucks often have difficulty maneuvering in restricted areas, and motorists may not always be able to anticipate their movements. Coming upon a large stationary truck unexpectedly could result in severe injuries, or even death.
Truck drivers often spend long hours on the road. In addition, they must control a very large vehicle that often carries heavy loads. Unfortunately, these factors can create a risk for truck accidents. Sadly, one head-on collision between a tractor-trailer and a car here in Missouri has resulted in the tragic death of a young child. In the aftermath of the crash, the child's loved ones could decide to pursue a claim for wrongful death.
When you or a loved one is involved in a motor vehicle accident, it can have devastating consequences. Truck accidents can be particularly harmful. They are a dangerous possibility that can result in damage to vehicles or injury to those unlucky enough to be involved. Recently, one family in Missouri is grappling with such trauma after their car was struck head-on by a dump truck.