There are many unique things about tractor-trailers that give rise to specific safety concerns that it is very important for truck companies and truck drivers to address.
One is the fact that such vehicles often carry large loads. It can be incredibly dangerous if such loads become unbalanced or come loose. Thus, properly loading and securing cargo is vital when it comes to large trucks.
Another is the large size of tractor-trailers. This large size can make these vehicles more difficult to control than other motor vehicles and also means that there are some roads out there that it may not be safe for these vehicles to drive on. Thus, it is important for truck drivers to drive responsibly and only use safe routes.
When truck drivers or truck companies fail to address the safety concerns specific to tractor-trailers, the results can be disastrous. Sometimes, it can lead to accidents occurring in which innocent people are killed. When a family loses a loved one in a tractor-trailer accident, one action the family may be able to take is filing a wrongful death claim.
Recently, a family here in Missouri won a wrongful death lawsuit they brought in relation to an accident in which a family member, a 40-year-old man, died.
The accident happened on a day in December 2011 in Louisiana, Missouri. That day, the SUV that the 40-year-old man was driving and a tractor-trailer were traveling on the Champ Clark Bridge.
The tractor-trailer was being used by a company to deliver a piece of logging equipment, a log dragger. The log dragger was secured to the truck by a set of chains.
Purportedly, the tractor-trailer then made contact with the bridge, the chains snapped, the dragger fell from the truck and the 40-year-old man’s SUV collided with the dragger. This resulted in the 40-year-old man dying.
The 40-year-old man’s family alleged that the tractor-trailer’s driver was going at too high of a speed and was not keeping a proper lookout. They also claimed that another individual had inaccurately told the tractor-trailer’s driver that the bridge was safe for him to drive on.
The 40-year-old man’s family sued the truck driver, the above-mentioned company and the individual who allegedly gave the truck driver the all-clear to use the bridge. A jury recently made its decision, ruling in the family’s favor and awarding them $3 million in damages.