Thousands of Eighteen-Wheelers are involved in accidents each year and in spite of what you hear about, many of the fatalities are the truck drivers themselves. This is especially true in rollover accidents and instances where the driver must use the brakes suddenly, resulting in a “Load Shift” into the cab. In short, truck manufacturing companies are not always protecting truckers!
Truck Tractors, or cabs, are designed to allow the driver to efficiently tow cargo. Unfortunately, they are rarely designed with the heavier metal required to protect the driver from being crushed by the impact of another vehicle or object. For instance, the United States has no government standard for roof crush crashworthiness in a truck cab, yet almost half of fatal accidents involving heavy trucks are rollover accidents resulting in injuries to the truck driver.
“Cab-Guards”, usually made from aluminum, are secured between the cab and the freight and are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation to resist one half of the weight of the load being transported. In the US, warning stickers for these guards often claim that they have been tested at a heavier weight than they are capable of resisting. Additionally, because aluminum welds deteriorate over time, truck drivers are often unaware of the deficient cab guards standing between them and tens of thousands of pounds of freight.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of an unsafe truck cab, Roberts Wilson PA is here to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
We are available by phone 24 hours a day and are happy to review your claim at no cost to you. We are personally committed to serving Mississippians affected by unsafe truck cabs and never charge a fee unless a claim is successful. Please contact Roberts Wilson PA by calling (662) 533-9111 or by sending an email to [email protected]
For More Information on This Subject, Please Visit:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Research/Crashworthiness
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