One of the most common ways for a business to get their goods from state to state is with large commercial trucks. While these types of trucks are great for transporting goods, they can also pose a risk to other drivers on the roadways of America. Each year, there are thousands of truck accidents and many of them lead to fatalities. Being involved in a collision with a large commercial truck can be catastrophic.
For those who are lucky enough to survive these accidents, dealing with the damage that occurs can be a bit difficult. If you are injured in a trucking accident, reaching out to a legal professional is your best course of action. With a lawyer’s guidance, you will be able to figure out whether or not the case you have is worth pursuing. Here are some of the most common myths most people have regarding truck accidents.
Myth #1: There is No Way to Prevent Truck Accidents
Among the most common myths that most people have regarding truck accidents is that there is no way to prevent them. The reality is there are a number of things a truck driver can do to make their rig safer while on the road. One of the main things a truck driver will need to keep an eye on when trying to stay safe is the maintenance their rig requires. Failing to do things like change out damaged braking components or worn out tires can be very problematic. The longer a truck driver goes without doing proper maintenance to their rig, the more danger they will be putting themselves and the other motorists on the road in.
Myth #2: Truck Accidents are Always Fatal
While there are a number of truck accidents each year that result in fatalities, there are many others that just cause injury and damage to the vehicles involved. These types of accidents run the gamut from being quite severe to very mild. Many factors dictate just how severe the damage done in these types of accidents. If the truck driver is distracted and barreling down the road at a breakneck pace, it will usually end in a lot of damage being done. The best thing a motorist can do when trying to steer clear of these types of catastrophic accidents is to keep their eyes peeled for any signs of danger. If you see a big rig swerving in and out of traffic, it is probably best to pull over and let them pass.
Myth #3: New Regulations Will Help to Prevent Truck Accidents
There are a number of new laws regarding how trucking companies should maintain their fleet, but they will not completely eliminate the risk of truck accidents. In recent years, laws passed regarding the number of hours a trucker could drive without resting have driven the number of fatigue-related crashes down a bit. A lot has been done to make the roadways safer for truckers and other motorists, but many experts believe there is still a long way to go when it comes to eliminating the risks of truck accidents.
If you have been injured in a truck accident and need legal assistance, contact our team of attorneys at Fetterman & Associates by calling (561) 845-2510.