Attorneys Prosecuting Accidents Involving Speeding Trucks
The commercial trucking system is an essential component of America’s economic stability, but because of the weight and size of trucks, they can potentially cause great harm to others sharing the roadway when speeding. There are over 25 million registered commercial vehicles on the nation’s highways traveling nearly 400 billion miles every year. In fact, commercial truck accidents involving traveling too fast claim the lives of more than 5000 innocent victims annually.
Operating large commercial trucks safely require a different set of skills than driving a much smaller passenger vehicle. Big rigs are more challenging to maneuver, more difficult to park and have significantly more blind spots. Truckers must use the rig’s side mirrors to observe surrounding traffic whenever changing a lane, making a right or left turn, or backing up. Because of that, truck drivers must receive special training to handle the uniqueness and demands of a large rig by competent instructors before allowed to take a test to obtain a commercial truck license.
Why Accidents Frequently Involving Speeding Trucks
Driver distraction and traveling at reckless speeds are the most common factors in commercial vehicle accidents. Many large rigs have an installed event data “black box” recorder inside the tractor that monitors and stores information including the speed of the vehicle, its location and the time. In the event of an accident, personal injury attorneys who specialize in truck speeding cases can subpoena the evidence from the computerized data recorder to file a case for financial compensation on behalf of victims.
In many situations, the truck accident occurred because of some type of negligent error when the trucker is traveling at too great a speed. Many truckers charged with a speeding accident involving injuries or fatalities are also cited for other traffic violations that include:
- Drunk driving
- Traveling too fast with an unbalanced load, unsafe cargo or heavy load
- Driving while fatigued due to a lack of sleep
- Driving past the mandated set amount of daily hours
- Not maintaining adequate space between the truck and other vehicles
- Driver inattention including talking on a mobile phone, texting, reading email or other distraction
- Reckless or aggressive driving
Other factors that can be involved in a speeding accident include a mechanical error or traveling in an unsafe truck due to a lack of inspections or negligent maintenance.
Trucking Laws in Place to Protect Motorists From Speeding Truck Crashes
The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) maintains strict guidelines, rules and regulations that every commercial trucker and trucking company must follow. The guidelines outline the correct, safe way to load, maintain and operate large vehicles. When the commercial truck driver breaks these laws, the lives of innocent motorists, passengers, motorcycle riders, bicyclists and pedestrians are placed at risk.
Most of the commercial truck drivers traveling the nation’s roadways are highly trained professionals who strictly follow mandated safety rules regulating cell phone use, hours of service and record-keeping. However, when 18-wheelers, semi-truck trailers and other large commercial rigs are involved in a speeding accident, the trucker is often charged with violations. In statistics maintained by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), nearly one out of every three commercial truckers involved in a fatal accident had driving history with at least one previous speeding conviction.
Searching for the Truth When Investigating the Cause of a Truck Crash
Chicago truck injury lawyers know all too well of the catastrophic injuries and deaths involved in commercial truck speeding accidents and will search for the truth to determine which parties are at fault in the crash. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are experienced in investigating truck accidents to answer pertinent questions including:
- Was the trucker driving fatigue?
- Did the trucker have any previous speeding violations, truck accidents or DUI charges?
- Was the trucker distracted behind the wheel by using their smart phone, emailing or texting?
- Did the accident occur because of an unbalanced or unsafe load?
- Was the trucking company negligent in any way when hiring and retaining the driver?
- Did the trucking company train and instruct the trucker on effective safety policies?
- Was the truck equipped with defective equipment or faulty tires that were directly responsible for causing the accident?
- Was the commercial truck involved in the accident properly maintained?
It is essential to hire an experienced speeding truck accident attorney as soon as possible. This is because many commercial trucking companies will quickly hire expert accident site investigators to start building a defense in the case.