Fender-Benders and Life Enders

Everyone knows that a car accident can range anywhere from a minor fender-bender to a tragic collision that ends with the loss of life. Getting on a highway can only make things more likely to end in disaster. The average speed of a highway in the United States is a whopping 70 miles per hour. In addition to this, many people out on the highway will have been out there for a long time. Long-distance vacations lead to families and groups of friends driving for as long as ten hours without a break! Not to mention long-haul truckers who make ends’ meet by delivering cargo across the country. Driving such a long period of time can cause drowsiness, and failing to take proper breaks to rest, stretch, and eat a proper meal makes drowsiness all the more severe. Poor night vision, drowsiness, and an empty stomach are all common causes of someone falling asleep at the wheel.

Falling asleep at the wheel not only endangers you but those around you. Even nodding off for a split second can cause a major accident. Most drivers of 18-wheelers have to follow strict rules regarding how long they can drive before taking a break and how long those breaks have to be. Still, even with proper precautions, there’s always going to be a risk of a driver losing consciousness for a brief moment. Other things can cause an 18-wheeler to crash. Cargo holds can be loaded over the weight limit, and the truck itself could malfunction. Weather can lead to unsafe roads and a large truck could easily hydroplane. Other causes could be the direct result of a negligent trucker. Distracted driving is a leading cause of major truck accidents. The usage of smartphones while driving has increased in the last few years, and it’s not uncommon to see a trucker on his or her phone. Distracted driving has been said to be worse than drunk driving, as at least drunk drivers are attempting to pay attention to the road, while distracted drivers are blatantly ignoring their surroundings.

Accidents involving 18-wheelers are much more complicated than collisions with other cars. Instead of it just being two drivers with two insurance policies, one also has to consider the company’s insurance policy, as well as a bunch of other factors. The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee understand this, and they have expertise in this area. When beginning a lawsuit against a truck driver, there are so many factors that come into play. These factors are complex, and the best course of action is to get an attorney who really knows what they’re doing. Because of the complex nature regarding the accidents, these accidents cannot be resolved by simply exchanging insurance information like you would with a normal fender-bender. Accidents like this often result in severe injuries or loss of life, so make sure you’re taking the proper steps to get the justice that you deserve!