Princeton, West Virginia Truck Accidents Attorney
With major interstate routes like I-77, I-64 and I-79 along with an intricate network of state highways and roads, West Virginia sees a large quantity of semi-truck traffic at all hours of the day and night. Motor vehicles share the road with tractor-trailers hauling lumber and coal, and 18-wheelers carrying freight of all sorts across the country on double and triple tractor-trailers. When a big rig collides with a smaller, lighter passenger vehicle, the consequences can be devastating. Princeton attorney Kay Bayless and the Bayless Law Firm help victims of truck accidents in southern West Virginia recover compensation to help them cope with the aftermath of serious personal injury or wrongful death of a family member.
Truck Accident Facts
The danger and serious nature of a trucking accident is in large part due to the enormous size and weight of a fully-loaded semi-truck flatbed or container tractor-trailer, including double and even triple trailers in some instances. An impact with a passenger vehicle, even at relatively low speeds, can cause tremendous damage to the smaller, lighter vehicle, and catastrophic personal injuries or wrongful death to the occupants. Because of their size and weight, 18-wheelers need extra reaction time and stopping distance to respond to a traffic situation. Because of these facts, inexperienced, speeding or careless truck drivers may cause serious accidents that would otherwise be avoidable.
Another danger posed by the size and shape of the semi is the existence of numerous blind spots for the trucker. These blind spots occur on both sides of the truck and even strecth across multiple lanes of traffic. Blind spots exist in front of the cab and behind the trailer as well. Car drivers may also find their sight distance and knowledge of the conditions around them limited by the presence of tractor-trailers. It is important for truckers to be trained about blind spots and to always signal their intentions well in advance of a turn or lane change, and to check all their mirrors before executing the maneuver.
Truck Driver Accident Factors
Truck drivers need to know more than just how to handle a big rig. They also need to know and follow the applicable regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) which govern them. For instance, FMCSA regulations limit the hours of service of drivers to 11 hours behind the wheel in a maximum workday of 14 hours, in a workweek which may be six or seven days long. Despite these long hours, truckers routinely violate the rules and push themselves beyond allowable hours of service. Truck driver fatigue – leading to inattention, slow reaction time, overreaction/overcorrection and falling asleep at the wheel – is therefore a very serious concern. Truckers who ingest stimulants to stay awake may actually be decreasing their alertness and attentiveness but not be aware of it until it’s too late. Speeding and aggressive or reckless driving are other factors which may lead to accidents, when truckers put their goal of delivering goods quickly ahead of the principle of getting to their destination safely.
Get Help in a Truck Accident from an Experienced West Virginia Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident in southern West Virginia, contact attorney Kay Bayless at the Bayless Law Firm for assistance. Trucking companies and their insurance carriers put a lot of resources into defending against truck accident claims, and truck drivers and trucking companies have been known to falsify logbooks and records to make them appear in compliance when they are not. Kay Bayless has the experience to know how to handle a truck accident case and see that you get the compensation you need and deserve. Contact our office for a free consultation.