We noted a sad and unarguable fact in a blog post last week relating to truck crashes in Indiana and nationally.
The IBJ recently released a story on a topic we have covered before- the implementation of ELDs (electronic logging devices) for truck drivers in an effort to eliminate false reporting on paper travel logs, thus making roadways safer for other vehicles. The implementation of ELDs for truck drivers will help prevent truck drivers from speeding and getting too fatigued while on roadways, amongst other things.
Car accidents in the Greater Indianapolis area are inconvenient and upsetting even in a best-case scenario. Unfortunately, truck accidents frequently prove even more dangerous, due in large part to the size of the vehicles. A recent Indianapolis hit-and-run has left a tow truck driver in the hospital with serious, life-altering injuries.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 4,300 buses and large trucks were involved in a fatal accident during 2015. Sadly, these fatal truck crashes frequently leave families with emotional pain that will last for their entire life and financial problems as well. Even when victims of a truck crash are fortunate enough to survive, a whirlwind of challenges may lie ahead. As a result, it is crucial for trucking companies and drivers to realize the various reasons why these collisions happen and aim to prevent additional crashes.
This past Saturday, another semi-truck accident needlessly took the life of a fellow Hoosier. An out of state truck driver from Iowa failed to stop at a traffic light in Gibson County, Indiana (US 41) and caused a devastating crash. A local Hoosier from Remington, Indiana lost his life following the crash. His vehicle was stopped at a traffic signal when, for no known reason, the tractor-trailer slammed into the rear of his car. At this time it is unknown why the semi-truck driver failed to stop, but too often these types of needless collisions are a result of the truck driver being distracted, intoxicated, fatigued, or simply failing to follow traffic safety laws.
While large trucks are said to be involved in fewer accidents than other types of vehicles, accidents involving big rigs have a much higher rate of fatalities. This is at least in part because trucks can weigh up to 30 times more than the average passenger vehicle. This in turn means that the driver and passengers of any smaller vehicles involved in Indiana truck accidents are, sadly, more likely to perish or be severely injured.
Driver versus Company Negligence
One of the many causes of commercial truck accidents is brake failure, which is why individuals other than the truck driver, or his/her trucking company, can also be held responsible for a crash. Sometimes the brake manufacturer, the person responsible for brake maintenance, or the person who loaded the truck can also be held accountable in a court of law.