The Car / Truck Accidents: Disasters on the Road

Mar 06

Being caught in a major road accident can result to life-changing injuries, such as a permanent disability, or even death. In the US, millions of individuals are injured in car accidents every year, while a thousand others lose their lives.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified drunk-driving, over speeding, reckless driving and driver distractions, as the four major causes of car accidents all across the US. Speed, especially, has a great effect on the extent of damage to property, as well as severity of the injury. However, though a driver may follow the speed limit and drive with care, if it is an 18-wheeler that will ram his/her vehicle, then the effects will surely be more devastating.

A 70-foot long truck that weighs, at least, 40 tons can easily crush smaller vehicles along its path. In fact, its size alone already makes its presence a threat to other motorists, as well as pedestrians, on the road. This is why the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which governs the commercial trucking industry, continues to strictly enforce laws that will make the motor carrier transportation system much safer.

Besides the quality standards on truck parts, like brakes and tires, the FMCSA has also designed programs, tests and training for applicants of commercial vehicle license which should be implemented by each state’s commercial licensing agency plus guidelines on the hours of service (HOS), which determine the maximum number of hours a truck driver may be allowed to drive.

One firm, Spiros Law, P.C., clearly explains in an article posted in its website, how a car accident, much more a truck accident, can render innocent victims feeling hopeless as they end up facing long term and costly medical bills, time off from work and the possibility of becoming disabled. It also mentions, however, that with the help of a highly qualified car/truck accident attorney, you may just be able to receive a substantial amount of compensation from the party responsible for the accident, which caused your injury – an amount enough to keep you on the path to recovery and which will help keep your family from sinking into financial burden.

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