Thousands of large trucks traverse the highways and roads in Louisiana every day. While most truck drivers are thoroughly qualified to handle these large vehicles and do so with the utmost caution, there are, unfortunately, some who do not. As a result, there are a variety of ways for truck accidents to occur in Louisiana.
It might come as no surprise to many that driving a truck is more difficult than driving most other forms of motor vehicles. This is because of the size and weight of the truck. When braking, it takes more time to stop and when turning, it takes more space and time to maneuver. Trucks also have bigger blind spots, which is why motor vehicle drivers are advised to maintain a bigger space between vehicles. A crash with a truck, especially an 18-wheeler, can be catastrophic, especially for motorists whose car is smaller in size and more likely to become damaged, injuring those inside.
As Louisiana residents hurry to and from their destinations on the road, they may see trucks rushing by them on the highways. The trucking industry is tightly regulated by both federal and state regulation, but truck drivers are often still pressured into driving longer hours for longer distances, becoming a hazard for both themselves and others on the road. A tired, distracted and drowsy truck driver is dangerous on the road and laws exist to ensure a truck that is used to transport necessary materials across state lines, not to become a weapon that weighs thousands of pounds.
The truck driver who is driving the vehicle that may have caused a Louisiana resident's injuries in a truck accident is not behind the wheel only to further his or her own interests. They are usually driving the truck for their employer, which is why the employer may also be held liable for serious injuries resulting from the accident through the doctrine of respondent superior or vicarious liability.
Semi-truck accidents cause thousands of deaths and even more injuries every year in Louisiana and throughout the country. Large trucks, such as semi-trucks and other "big rigs," are capable of causing massive destruction when a truck accident occurs. And, in most cases, other passenger vehicles and their occupants are the ones who suffer the brunt of the damage and injuries in these types of collisions.
Much is said about the devastation that can be caused when a semi-truck and car collide. The difference between the size of a semi-truck and the size of a car usually means the people in the car are the ones that get severely injured and suffer the most property damage. But what happens when two semi-trucks crash into one another? The answer was visible in a recent truck accident in Louisiana.
We share road space with them and accept them as part of our daily experience on the highways, but this does not mean many Louisiana residents don't move to the other side of the road when approaching a truck in an attempt to overtake or distance themselves from the semi-truck alongside it. Their size makes them formidable-not only because of the destruction it could cause in case of an accident but also because it is difficult to maneuver or see around. The truck itself is slow to respond to motoring functions such as braking or turning.
When you are working long hours and are racing against the clock to complete the task allotted to you, you may find yourself dozing off while working. For many, this is not a problem and does not threaten the lives of those around them-but when the person dozing off is a truck driver operating a commercial truck, then the fatigued driver is wielding a deadly object and has the potential to cause a deadly truck accident if he or she falls asleep behind the wheel.
We see them as we rush past them on the way to work or to the mall, and we don't think twice about the big rigs or commercial trucks passing us by on Louisiana's interstates and highways. We also see a number of truck accidents and the traffic backup caused by them, but rarely do we give a second thought to the destruction that must have resulted from the crash. The reality is that when someone's vehicle crashes with a construction or concrete truck or other similarly heavy truck, it is almost certain they have suffered serious and even debilitating injuries.
We all get tired and exhausted in the workplace. So why is there so much of a fuss surrounding truck driver fatigue? Most likely because the drowsy and tired truck driver is operating a heavy vehicle that has the potential to severely injure or kill someone in a truck accident. This is why there are so many federal and state regulations regarding the hours a truck driver can drive without taking a break and how long each break must last. Without them, truckers could end up spending days on the road without sufficient sleep. Since they are the backbone of our economy, truck drivers are encouraged by their companies to drive longer and faster than ever.