Myrtle Beach Lawyers For Trucking Accidents
Some of you may remember when semitrucks didn’t have underride guards. The issue of underride guards came to light in June of 1967 when actress Jayne Mansfield was killed in a fatal accident when the car she was in hit the rear of a tractor-trailer. After her death, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (hereafter “NHTSA”) recommended requiring a rear underride guard. Prior to underride guards the only protection for drivers traveling behind trailers was the windshield. The car’s protective crush zone and air bags were ineffective prior to underride guards because the bottom rear of the trailer was never head level for an adult seated in the car.
Thankfully, today tractor-trailers have underride guards. But, although our trucks carry this extra protection, many tractor-trailer and trucking accidents still occur every day. According to the NHTSA, 3,757 deaths occurred in tractor-trailer accidents. The NHTSA reports 80 percent of tractor-trailer accidents involved multiple vehicles.
While tractor-trailer trucks are vital to our economy, tractor-trailer truck drivers have a very important responsibility to all drivers on the roadway. Tractor-trailer drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles safely. Tractor-trailer trucks are large and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds! As a result of the size, tractor-trailer trucks have poor braking ability and poor lack of maneuverability. Therefore, collisions involving tractor-trailer trucks can be significant, resulting in serious injury or death.
If you are injured in a tractor-trailer truck accident, you need to contact a team of attorneys who are familiar with trucking laws as well as theories of liability to include negligence. You deserve to be compensated for your loss and your best chance of recovery involves hiring an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to assist you. At Axelrod & Associates, P.A., we will use every avenue imaginable to get you all the money you deserve.