Truck Safety is No Accident
Commercial Carriers operate thousands of trucks commonly called 18 wheelers on our roads 24 hours a day carrying approximately 70 percent of the goods we consume or export. With this commerce comes responsibility which is linked together much like the links of a chain. Each measure of safety is a link and if one of the links is not strong the chain breaks. Lack of safety inspection of equipment by drivers is a critical link and can cause deadly consequences if not done properly. A fully loaded truck at 80,000 pounds going 70 miles an hour that experiences failure is at best a disaster for the trucking company and its property, and often worse, resulting in the serious injury or death of innocent drivers and passengers. Each driver of a commercial vehicle is required to conduct a straight forward and thorough safety check. Failure to check and maintain brakes or adequate tire air pressure, for instance, causes thousands of crashes each year. The securing of a truck’s load is critical to safety as is adhering to traffic regulations and work hour requirements, which prevent driver fatigue.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)