If you have traveled on any major highways in the past months, you have probably noticed the astonishing increase in truck traffic. The records of trucking companies reveal that commercial trucks cram onto the highways, jockeying for position among passenger cars and rush to complete their routes on time. The trucks are often loaded to capacity, sometimes poorly maintained, and frequently driven by truckers with serious safety deficiencies. An astonishing number of these drivers are fatigued, under the influence of medication or drugs, or medically disqualified to drive a truck. This means truck accidents are imminent. Federal and state laws set up extensive requirements for trucking companies and their drivers. Trucking companies may violate these laws to some extent in a rush to make a profit. Many times these unsafe practices converge into deadly accidents.
If you were involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer, you should contact a competent personal injury attorney immediately. If you do not contact an attorney quickly, you may lose important evidence in your case.
When you are driving near an 18-wheeler, consider these safety tips to avoid truck accidents: