In a recent article, our Northern Kentucky accident attorneys discussed the increase in NHTSA-reported semi-truck accident fatalities. With the spike in trucking accidents nationwide, how do you know if the truck barreling down the road next to you is safe?
Sometimes there are visible dangers, which indicate that you should stay clear of a large truck. Such things could include:
- Weaving back and forth in the lane
- Aggressive driving
However, not all potential dangers are visible to the human eye. With the increase in fuel costs, road taxes, tire costs, and maintenance costs, how do you know that truckers are keeping their rigs properly maintained? For a set of four semi-truck tires, it can cost over $1,800. Because costs have increased, truckers might not be inclined to spend money on maintaining their trucks, especially if that leads to downtime for repairs. When a truck is getting repaired or is in for routine maintenance, that means a trucker is not able to earn money.
After a fatal truck wreck last year, investigators determined that poorly maintained brakes contributed to the crash that killed six and injured 16 people. The antilock braking system was not functional, and nine of the 16 brakes on the truck were out of adjustment or inoperative.
While this is a frightening thought, it is a very real concern. All Kentucky motorists and drivers nationwide need to be aware of this issue and drive defensively around semi-trucks. However, even the safest drivers can get injured in wrecks due to no fault of their own. If you were injured or your loved one died in a Northern Kentucky semi-truck accident, call the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 to speak with a skilled Kentucky accident attorney today.