During the winter months, road conditions can be less than desirable for any driver. This is especially true for drivers of large trucks. We would like to draw attention to accidents involving 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, dump trucks, box trucks, delivery vans and other types of commercial vehicles, where the sheer size and weight of the vehicle has the potential to cause serious damage requiring immediate response.
A fully loaded commercial truck can weight in excess of 80,000 pounds, which equates to 40 tons. That is more than twenty times the weight of a standard passenger vehicle, which on average weighs approximately 1.75 tons. Each year in the U.S., approximately 800,000 commercial drivers are tasked with driving these massive trucks from point A to point B. These drivers do not always have the luxury of staying off the roads during winter storms. For businesses that carry nearly $390 million worth of goods per day, truck drivers often have to face hazardous winter road conditions. In addition, speeding amongst truck drivers is not uncommon in order to reach a destination on time. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 23% of truckers involved in accidents were driving too fast for the road conditions on which they were traveling.
It is obvious that snow, ice, and wind are hazards which can affect a driver’s sight and control of their vehicle. Truck drivers who have been driving for extended hours can often be fatigued and weary, further affecting their ability to react to these hazardous road conditions. In fact, the FMCSA noted that 18% of truck drivers involved in accidents were fatigued to some degree.
Whether you were injured while driving a commercial truck or injured as a result of truck driver negligence, the attorneys at Hyberg, White and Mann are here to help you with your case, regardless of the severity or type of injury sustained. Our attorneys have the experience, skill and tenacity necessary to help you obtain Personal Injury and/or New Jersey Workers’ Compensation benefits. Give us a call today at 609-407-1000 to speak to one of our attorneys about your accident.
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