Millions of vehicles travel at least as many miles a day on the roads and highways across the United States. Transporting people and cargo is vital to maintaining the social and economic health of countless communities. These needs continue to grow steadily, which means there is also a growing demand for trucking services. Business Insider reports that 80 percent of all cargo in America is transported by the trucking industry.
Consequently, passenger vehicles are increasingly forced to share the roads with large trucks such as 18 wheelers or tractor trailers. The result is all too often tragic. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, one in 10 highway deaths occurs in a crash involving a large truck and, most often, passenger vehicle occupants pay the ultimate price. In 2015, 3,852 people died in large truck crashes and 69 percent of the deaths were passenger vehicle occupants.
However, truck drivers are also at risk. Truck driving consistently ranks among the deadliest occupations in the country, reports Trucks.com, with an 11.2 percent increase in truck driver deaths since 2011.
As explained in his book, An Introduction to Truck Accident Claims: A Guide to Getting Started, Beasley Allen lawyer Chris Glover notes that maintenance and liability are among the top safety concerns in the trucking industry. Truck drivers and all who share the roads with them depend on the safety and reliability of the truck. Despite earnest efforts to improve safety within the industry, not all methods and devices that promise protection or improved safety live up to those claims.
One particular truck accessory not only fails to protect drivers as promised, it intensifies the risks to drivers during truck crashes. In the coming weeks, we will discuss how cab guards have been deceptively marketed as safety devices, particularly for log trucks. Manufacturers promised the devices would prevent drivers’ cargo from crushing them in the event of a crash where the load shifts. However, even the manufacturers’ own experts have admitted cab guards are little more than shiny decorations for large trucks. Visit BeasleyAllen.com on Wednesday, June 15, June 21 and June 28 for another installment in the series.
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Beasley Allen attorney Chris Glover handles cases of personal injury involving heavy trucks, log trucks, 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles. He is practicing in Beasley Allen’s new Atlanta office. For more information about these types of claims, contact him by email at Chris.Glover@BeasleyAllen.com. To get your free copy of “An Introduction to Truck Accident Claims: A Guide to Getting Started,” visit our publications page.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety