Truck accidents have been increasing in recent years. Due to the physics of large trucks and passenger vehicle collisions, these accidents are often catastrophic for the victims and their families.
Unfortunately, many trucking companies, through their insurance companies will deny responsibility for the accident no matter how clear it is. There are a number of fairly common causes related to trucking industry practices which in turn are dictated by profit motives.
First and foremost, trucking companies and truckers make money the faster they get their loads to the destination. This has lead to a variety of dangerous industry practices. The most egregious of these involves excessive hours which incidentally are allowed by law, 11 hours at a stretch, up to 77 hours per 7 day week.
Even with these excessive hours, many exceed even these hours. This leads to problems related to drowsiness,alertness, reaction time and so on. Couple this with the motivation to drive at excessive speeds for the same productivity reasons, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Because a victim and family will likely meet with denial and even deception, it is important to start and investigation early. This means seeking the assistance of a experienced truck accident attorney. Collins & Collins, P.C. can be reached at (505) 242-5958.