Do Tractor-Trailer Truck Safety Regulations Really Protect Drivers?

CO-truck-accident-July-25-2010With the state of Massachusetts’ busy roads, accidents are a daily occurrence. When these accidents involve a tractor-trailer, however, damages can be extremely serious-or even deadly.

Some safety measures have been enforced by the US and Canada, requiring that trailers have guards underneath that would protect the driver in the case of a car rear-ending a truck. Studies have shown though that when these guards fail, the head and neck injuries would result in death for an actual driver. In some trailers, if the driver were to run the corner of the car into the trailer, the trailer could strike the driver’s head directly.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been requesting tightened safety regulations for the past two years, and some modifications to trailers have been made that has resulted in some improvements in safety.

Sean McNally, the spokesman for The American Trucking Associations commented on the importance of driver awareness when driving near trucks. Three-fourths of the car-truck fatalities are “unintentionally initiated or caused by the driver of the car,” he said. The real way for drivers to protect themselves is to be aware of when a truck is near by, and to maintain their distance as driving around them and attempting to pass them. Also remembering that trailers create a large blind spot for the drivers, and weather can affect how the truck handles for the driver.

If you have recently been involved in a car accident and sustained injuries, it is important that you contact an attorney who can help you to receive the compensation that you deserve. The process can be stressful to navigate on your own- but proper representation can remove that stress and ensure that your needs are taken care of.

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