All kinds of motor vehicle accidents can lead to serious injury, but truck accidents are especially dangerous. Simply because of their size and weight, large trucks are much more likely to cause serious injury or death when they collide with smaller vehicles. Those injured in a truck accident may suffer serious injuries that render them disabled, disfigured, facing a long recovery, burdened by medical expenses, and unable to work. If the truck driver or trucking company is at fault, then the victim may be able to recover compensation by filing a lawsuit, but that process can be long, expensive and difficult.
Massachusetts residents have all seen flatbed semi-truck hauling massive loads across our state, and many of us have wondered what would happen if that load was improperly or inadequately secured. No one knows for certain what would happen in any particular circumstance, but the potential for damage and injuries is great. Therefore, truck drivers and the companies for which they work need to take extra precautions to ensure that their cargo is properly secured.
Two weeks ago on the blog we discussed semi-truck maintenance and how important it is to ensure the safety of other motorists on the road. The responsibility for properly caring for a truck falls on the shoulders of the trucker and the company he or she works for. A trucker or company's neglect to adequately repair and maintain a big rig could cause a catastrophic tractor trailer crash, which might leave innocent individuals seriously injured or dead.
Readers of this blog are very familiar with the dangers posed by semitrailers. A fatigued or distracted trucker can swerve his or her massive vehicle into other lanes of traffic, causing a devastating wreck with tragic consequences. Though there are many things truckers should do when behind the wheel, their actions and inactions on the road are not the end all and be all of safety.