As residents of Petaluma, our personal injury law attorneys are aware of heavy, big-rig traffic that travels Highway 101 through Petaluma. Car accident attorneys deal closely with the victims of crashes involving commercial trucks and know that physical car crash injuries are usually very severe. We also know that motorists are generally on the losing end of a truck collision in Petaluma. Personal injury law attorneys remind motorists that big-rigs are as much as 30 times the weight of a car. Other factors that tip the scales include the height of many trucks, according to Petaluma car accident attorneys at Sette Law. Cars can be wedged beneath semi-truck trailers, causing grave injury to Petaluma car accident victims. Attorneys believe that both motorists and truckers could be much safer if drivers exercised more caution and better judgment on the roadways of Petaluma. Personal injury law attorneys report that there are about 5 million big-rigs and buses sharing the roads with 250 million noncommercial vehicles.
Our personal injury law attorneys dedicate this month’s blog to looking more closely at what causes trucking accidents and how they can be avoided in Petaluma. Our car accident lawyers know that truckers face special challenges as drivers of big-rigs. As personal injury attorneys it’s our business to know the statistics related to Petaluma car accidents. Our lawyers, for example, report that professional truck drivers actually have a good safety record nationally and in Petaluma. But personal injury attorneys caution that when car verses big-rig accidents happen, the most severe injuries are inflicted on motorists. The sheer size and force of big-rig trucks, Petaluma car crash attorneys admit, makes motorists highly vulnerable to death or grave injury in a car accident.
Attorneys know that, given the amount of traffic on the 101 and other roadways around Petaluma it’s inevitable that there will be car accidents. Our attorneys add that data from the State Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) indicates that trucking accidents are on the rise. In 2013 OTS reported 278 statewide fatalities and more than 7,500 injury car accidents. Lawyers cite this as the highest number in the past four years. Our Petaluma personal injury law attorneys feel that it’s time to alert motorists to the need for heightened vigilance. OTS statistics also track which driver is at fault in truck verses car accidents. Our attorneys say that, most often, it’s the motorist’s behavior that leads to the Petaluma car crash. However, lawyers add that truckers also employ poor judgement and driving habits that lead to Petaluma car crash injuries.
Attorneys Look at Technology to Prevent Fatal Car Accidents
Attorneys say that government agencies and professional associations track data regarding truck verses car accidents. Fatigue, attorneys report, is among the top reasons that truckers cause serious car accidents. Personal injury law attorneys add that trucker braking-distance and excessive speed are other factors that contribute to Petaluma car accidents. Attorneys report that truckers are limited to eleven hours of driving per day. Drivers record their hours in written logs. Our personal injury lawyers say that handwritten records can easily be changed, allowing fatigued truckers on the roadways of Petaluma. Car accident attorneys say that safety groups are advocating for an electronic time management system to prevent drowsy driving that can lead to deadly car accidents. Again, attorneys point out that it’s motorists and not professional drivers who cause most trucking accidents.
Our attorneys say that there is also a call for improvement to the braking system of trucks. Our Petaluma personal injury law attorneys say a new “stability control system” is scheduled to be implemented in 2017. This innovation, our car accident attorneys explain, will help prevent often deadly roll-overs of semi-trucks and trailers when brakes are aggressively used. Further, Petaluma car accident attorneys say that poor maintenance of brake systems on big-rigs has also contributed to truck verses car accidents.
Injuries, attorneys add, may also be prevented with changes that can prevent vehicles from being wedged beneath big-rig trailers in Petaluma. Our personal injury attorneys support the addition of rear underride guard improvement for large trucks and single-unit trucks (such as dump trucks). Car accident attorneys explain that the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration is still to rule on these proposals. But, our personal injury law attorneys point out that IIHS is unsatisfied with NHSTA’s response to these efforts to reduce underride car accidents. Attorneys say IIHS claims that even Canada’s higher safety standards for trucks may also be inadequate. According to many safety experts, deaths and car crash injuries could be significantly lowered with a greater investment in changes to the underride system.
Car accident attorneys say that some grim statistics support the need for greater attention to truckers on the freeways of Petaluma. Personal injury law attorneys report that in crashes involving trucks, 67 percent are motorist fatalities and 16 percent are occupants of trucks. Our car cash injury lawyers think this is graphic evidence of the need for enhanced safety practices on trucking corridors of Petaluma.
Personal injury law attorneys say that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety analyzed the most common behaviors causing truck verses car accident injuries and deaths. Statistics reveal that truckers making improper turns, exceeding speed limits and not adhering to right-of-way laws lead to most truck and car crash accident injuries and deaths.
Drivers Need to Accept Responsibility in Petaluma
Personal injury law attorneys believe that motorists need to step up to the reality of sharing the road with large, heavy trucks. Trucking accidents on the freeways of Petaluma, accident attorneys know, often involve family vehicles. It’s every drivers’ responsibility to be aware of surrounding traffic movement including, our Petaluma accident attorneys say, the inherent challenges faced by big-rig drivers. Behind the wheel of a 20 ton, loaded big-rig traveling at freeway speeds, a trucker has fewer options than a motorist in Petaluma. Accident attorneys remind motorists that they too, can play a role in avoiding a trucking collision. Safety in Petaluma, our personal injury attorneys say, is a shared responsibility.