Brad Pistotnik Law
Abogado El Toro

Accident Attorney Brad Pistotnik Introduction to TRUCK ACCIDENTS KILL

At any time, day or night, one would be hard-pressed to travel an American interstate highway, drive for more than a minute or two, and not see an eighteen-wheel tractor-trailer truck on the same highway. With an outdated rail system and many landlocked states, big rigs and other commercial trucks play a huge role in moving goods across the USA. These large trucks number in the millions and often share the overcrowded highways with millions more cars and other vehicles. Often, this mixture of cars and trucks creates traffic flow problems that cause traffic congestion and thousands of accidents. This book informs the reader how large trucks and commercial vehicles become involved in many accidents that cause catastrophic human injuries, death, and suffering due to negligent truck drivers and truck companies’ failure to abide by safety rules. Many drivers become intimidated when passing or being passed by one of these big-rig trucks, and rightfully so. Most eighteen-wheel trucks are far larger and sturdier than anything else they share the road with. If drivers knew that many truck drivers are fatigued, overworked, and pushed to the limit to deliver their loads on a tight deadline, regardless of safety regulations, they would likely be afraid to come near a big rig. The chances of being involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer truck are far higher than most of us realize. Large trucks and fatigued drivers are a well-documented major contributor to accidents that lead to tragic and life-altering results for the victims and their families. There are many statistics that relate to truck accidents. This book provides an analysis of a great deal of the statistics related to driver fatigue, poor maintenance, and failure to comply with government safety regulations. The statistics should be very alarming to the drivers of other vehicles that share the road with large commercial trucks. Large trucks make up approximately 4 percent of the registered vehicles on the nation’s roadways, but they account for almost 10 percent of the nation’s accidents that involve fatalities. Truck crashes continue to increase every year, along with the number of injuries and fatalities that are associated with these crashes. A lackadaisical effort by motor carriers to properly train their drivers in defensive-driving techniques and safety training is a contributing factor. This disregard for safety compliance is one reason why victims of truck accidents should retain competent truck accident attorneys. Why do truck drivers of so-called eighteen-wheelers, big rigs, tractor-trailers, or whatever you choose to call them have to be better trained than other drivers on the road? We know that the probability of injury and death is much greater in accidents that involve large commercial trucks. The trucks’ high profile makes them more prone to rollover accidents and more susceptible to weather elements, such as high winds. The weight of these big rigs requires a much longer stopping distance than that of cars and small trucks. Professional truck drivers bear a huge responsibility to drive their big rigs with the utmost of care in light of the horrific consequences that may result if they don’t. A higher standard of care is essential. The motor carriers are more concerned with deadlines and moving cargo rapidly for pay by mile or by weight. These payment incentives favor profits over public safety and are too often the cause behind vehicular fatalities. Truck Accidents Kill is an authoritative text meant for professionals in the areas of motor-carrier safety, truck accident litigation, risk management, and regulatory fields. This book is written to enable safety-conscious individuals in our society who care about safety improvements to the motor-carrier industry to have a better understanding of what can be done to prevent accidents involving large trucks. This book attempts to provide a basic understanding of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) as they apply to safety considerations associated with truck drivers and motor carriers. My main goal in writing this book is to show truck accident lawyers how to prepare for trial and successfully litigate a case against a trucking or insurance company. Property damage, injuries, and death are the typical harms that are litigated in a trucking accident. This book will teach you how to attack the defendants from every angle and how to maximize the case value when preparing for trial and litigation. Every conceivable avenue for an attack is discussed and studied to increase the compensation and the case’s settlement value. I fully expect my clients to recover for their losses and damages, such as extreme medical bills, loss of the ability to work and provide for their families, immeasurable human pain and suffering, disability, and other horrific life changes. This book includes a statistical description and analysis of certain factors that affect safety as it relates to the general motoring public and its contact with large trucks, tractor-trailers, and commercial motor vehicles. The present amount of accidents that result in severe injuries and death is unacceptable. Regulations can be increased. Regulatory compliance can be increased. Insurance coverage for the entire motor carrier industry needs to be reevaluated and increased to meet an acceptable level of mandatory minimum limits of coverage to protect the general motoring public. Certain thoughts and opinions are expressed in this book that are solely devoted to the improvement of public safety on the intrastate highways. With the continuing growth of the motor carrier and transportation industry, accidents, injuries, and deaths continue to increase at a startling rate. It is hoped that the thoughts expressed within this book will aid and assist those persons in society who have a desire to see safety improved for the motoring public. Some of the chapters of this book are written to assist trial attorneys in the presentation of regulatory evidence so that those individuals who have been killed, injured, and had their lives catastrophically changed will have advocates with a thorough understanding of the law as it relates to the motor carrier and trucking industry. If one life can be saved, this book has achieved its purpose.