The sheer size and weight of tractor trailers alone is enough to make them a dangerous force on the roadways. When their immense size and weight is combined with negligent operation or other unsavory circumstances, tractor trailers can become deadly. Recently, a 50-year-old Bulgarian immigrant was sentenced for his part in a fatal accident that took place in North Carolina in 2010.
Because of their potential to cause serious injury, commercial trucks have to be regularly inspected for mechanical problems. Drivers of these trucks are also held to a higher standard of safety than other motorists, and when trucker drivers or their employers fail to uphold those safety standards, too often innocent people pay the price.
Last week, a tragic train accident claimed the life of four veterans, two of whom were from North Carolina. The fatal accident occurred last Thursday in Midland, Texas, when a train barreled into a float carrying wounded veterans and their spouses to a banquet honoring returning war heroes.
Every day we travel the roads with various types of vehicles such as cars, buses, and tractor trailers. We must exercise caution everyday but especially now with the increase of vehicles and the rush of the holiday season. Educating yourself on the different types of vehicles you are traveling with can make you and your family safer during your travels.