What might be the most frightening thought when driving around large 18-wheelers is the thought that the truck driver could fall victim to circumstances beyond his control. A perfectly good truck driver who is obeying all the rules of the road might end up causing a devastating accident simply because of an unexpected problem with his vehicle. Unlike most drivers, truck drivers are not necessarily responsible for the state of their vehicles. Much of the liability in a truck accident lies with the truck company.
Fatal Accident Occurs On I-81
Three Virginians were killed recently in a tractor-trailer accident on I-81. According to police, the car ran off the road, and while overcorrecting, hit the tractor-trailer, the driver of which had pulled over to inspect a flat tire. Three victims died at the scene, but a fourth passenger survived with serious injuries. She was flown to a nearby Medical Center.
Police are still investigating the crash, but they do not believe that alcohol was a factor. As of yet, there is no word on what caused the four-passenger vehicle to run off the road, but it is certain that the tractor-trailer was pulled over due to a flat tire. While it’s impossible to tell what caused the flat tire, situations like this are a threat for truck drivers if their employers don’t keep the trucks in a state of good repair.
Factors That Contribute To A Truck Accident
It doesn’t have to be a flat tire or even a state of disrepair in the truck. It could be negligent hiring practices or even forcing good drivers to drive long hours, resulting in fatigue or dangerous speeding. Truck companies could play a large part in truck accidents, even if they are not actively involved. Fortunately for victims of truck accidents, these companies are not exempt from the law, and victims could be compensated if an investigation reveals liability on the part of the truck company.