Kansas City, KS- Most people understand that speeding can be risky and can lead to a deadly or injurious collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding accounts for a third of fatal traffic accidents. Speeding is dangerous in any vehicle, but imaging how damage can be done if that driver is in command of a commercial truck which can weigh in excess of 80,000 lbs.
Truck drivers are under a great deal of pressure to get their loads to their destinations in a timely. Since many truck drivers get paid per job, they are eager to deliver their loads quickly and move on to the next paying job. So they, like other motorists, will drive in excess of the posted speed limit. While speeding doesn’t always result in a serious truck accident, it can and the results can catastrophic for both the speeding truck driver and other accident victims.
Typical Accidents Caused By Speeding:
- Driving too fast on rain-slicked roads, hydroplaning, or driving too fast for other hazardous road conditions and inclement weather
- Jackknifing due to an out of control truck
- Rear-ending the car ahead
- A driver losses control and leaves the roadway
- Inability to stop because of speed
- Tipping over because driver lost control while speeding
Speeding combined with other driver errors such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving while fatigued or a mechanical failure can have grave consequences since truck accidents are twice as likely to result in one of more fatalities.
A Fatal Causation Study between 2001 and 2003, conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that 55 percent of trucks involved in an accident experienced at least one mechanical failure. Thirty percent of trucks evaluated had safety equipment violations.
In the event of brake or mechanical failure, a speeding truck is more likely to cause damage to the occupants for the passenger vehicle. A tire blowout at a high rate of speed can make it much harder for the driver to control their truck.
Truck accident victims who have been involved in an accident with a speeding truck driver have the right to seek compensation to cover their medical costs and other expenses from that driver and any other negligent parties.
A Kansas City truck accident lawyer will work closely with their clients to assure they get every penny of compensation they deserve. Because they regularly work with people who suffer a range of personal injuries, a truck accident lawyer understands the long-term impact those injuries will have on the victim. They can anticipate medical costs a victim doesn’t and will aggressively advocate for their rights. They won’t allow truck accident victims accept a lesser settlement than they need.
In the aftermath of a serious truck accident, truck accident victims will be approached with settlement offers so the driver and their trucking company can put the accident behind them. Speaking with a Kansas City truck accident lawyer first will assure an accident victim doesn’t make the mistake of taking the first offer to come their way.