Portland, OR- Tractor-trailers are large, heavy pieces of machinery which when involved in an accident can cause a serious damage to person and property. A fact that is demonstrated by a commercial truck accident that left one person dead and injured five others.
The accident occurred early Sunday morning in upstate New York. Police say that a Dodge passenger van, carrying six passengers, experienced and flat tire and was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, CBS reported. Police said the truck driver failed see and slow down for the disabled van.
One of the van’s occupants was pronounced dead on the scene. The condition of the remaining passengers is not known at this time.
Police aren’t sure if the van was stopped on the shoulder or was just moving slowly in the right lane of the highway, according to CBS.
Accident like this are all too familiar and can happen anywhere, Oregon included, and highlights the dangers of following too closely or driving in excess of the speed limit. Two of the more common risky behaviors truck drivers engage in in the road.
In a recent trucking safety initiative, law enforcement agencies across the U.S. came in contact with the 19,980 commercial vehicle drivers in a two-week safety blitz and issued a large number citations. Speeding, following too closely, improper lane changes and failure to obey traffic signals were among the most commonly issued traffic violation for truck drivers. All of these risky driving habits put thousands of lives in the danger each year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that it takes and tractor-trailer traveling 60 mph 250 feet to come to a complete stop. All motorists have a responsibility to pay careful attention to the road ahead of them and do their best to avoid an accident. But it is especially critical for a truck driver to heed changing road conditions considering the size and weight of a big rig.
Truck drivers who are willing to take risks and put other lives in danger will have to pay for their actions I they hurt or kills other motorists. If they were pressured to speed or ignore traffic or safety regulations, their trucking company can also be held responsible for a deadly or injurious crash. Truck accidents are complicated. If you want assurances you will receive the settlement amount you are entitled to you need to have an Oregon truck accident attorney working on your case.
A truck accident can change a victim’s life for the worst. The injuries sustained can cause temporary or permanent disability. Medical bills can range into the tens of thousands for a mild injury; serious injuries such as a traumatic brain injury, which is common in truck accidents, can easily cost a victims millions in during their lifetime. The Portland truck accident attorneys at USAttorneys understand that truck accident victims can be left with a lifetime of costly medical bills and will work tirelessly to ensure their clients are not undersold in their truck accident settlements. Don’t hesitate to set up a consultation and decide if they can help you maximize your compensation.