It's no secret that
semi-truck accidents can be deadly, especially when they involve an average motorist. The sheer
size of commercial trucks (10,000 lbs up to 80,000 lbs) increases the
magnitude of danger to other, smaller vehicles on the road: consider that
the average passenger vehicle weighs only around 4,000 pounds, and it's
easy to see why passenger vehicle occupants are extremely vulnerable to
serious injury when they're involved in collisions with semi-trucks.
According to the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), approximately one out of 10 highway deaths occur in an accident involving
a large commercial truck.
Sadly, many commercial truck accidents are completely preventable, occurring
only because some tractor-trailer drivers fail to adhere to proper, legally-mandated
accident prevention measures. Some common causes of semi-truck accidents
include the following:
- DUI / DWI
- Driver fatigue
- Driver distraction
- Ignoring proper safety procedures
- Failure to perform proper repair, maintenance and safety inspections
- Failure to yield right of way
- Failure to use caution when backing up/moving in reverse
- Brake failure
- Other mechanical failure
- Tire blow out
- Overloaded trailers (carrying a load over the truck's weight limits)
- Shifting loads that unbalance the truck
So, what can Missouri motorists do to safeguard themselves and their passengers?
As the saying goes, "the best offense is a good defense." This
is particularly true when you're sharing the road with semis and tractor
trailers. Our Missouri truck accident lawyers recommend driving defensively
around big rigs at all times.