Every journey on the highways of America comes with a risk of a devastating motor vehicle accident, whether the trip is a vacation to visit family or transporting goods from one major city to another. Interstates and highways provide quick and streamlined passage across the country, but diligence must be observed when traveling on them to avoid disastrous accidents.
As death tolls involving commercial trucking continue to rank in the thousands each year, concerns continue to mount over the need for more stringent hiring, training, and oversight practices. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,964 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks in 2013 alone.
With two major recalls sweeping the nation very recently, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has come under close scrutiny. The GM ignition switches and Takata airbags that spurred the recall of millions of vehicles cost the lives of dozens of people, leading officials to examine why these issues were overlooked for so long. Evidence suggests that the NHTSA was aware of the GM defect as early as 2007, but failed to take decisive action.
Tragedy struck this weekend in Lubbock, when a fatal pedestrian accident occurred. On Saturday, November 8th, 40-year-old Russell Ed Jupe ran into the street while chasing a dog and was struck by a school bus. The school bus was from the Amarillo Independent School District and was transporting 25 students to a swim meet in Lubbock at the time of the incident. This incident is a grim reminder of the dangers posed by vehicles on the road and the diligence needed when interacting with them.
A car accident can change everything in an instant, leaving grieving family members and a reeling community. In an example close to home, this weekend saw a horrific tragedy for North Central Texas College, when four women’s softball players were killed in a car accident on the way home from a scrimmage in Bethany, Oklahoma.
It’s easy to take a smooth car ride for granted. However, a single instant can unexpectedly throw your life into chaos if you are involved in a car accident. In 2011, there were 22 fatal car crashes in Lubbock, Texas, claiming 53 lives. Countless more sustained injuries, ranging from minor scratches to life-changing complications.
Commercial truck drivers are trusted with transporting heavy cargo and operating vehicles that pose a serious threat to smaller vehicles on the road. The National Highway Safety Administration reported that in 2012, 543 large trucks were involved in fatal accidents in Texas alone, while 39 were involved in New Mexico fatalities. This heavy responsibility makes it imperative for employers to ensure that they are only allowing responsible drivers to get behind the wheel of 18-wheelers and other trucks. A company who negligently allows a reckless driver to transport goods across the country could be held liable for any damage caused by their behavior.
Any auto accidents can result in serious injuries and property damage. However, some factors contribute to the risk involved, greatly increasing the danger. One of the most influential aspects of damage resulting from a car, truck, or motorcycle accident is the speed at which the vehicles were traveling. When even one of the automobiles is speeding, drivers and passengers face a much higher risk of serious injuries or death.