Mass + Speed = Tragedy: How the laws of physics add up to inevitable tragic death on our highways; ensure justice with a Michigan truck accident attorney
Life cannot be reduced to mathematical formulas but the deadly combination of massive volume and speed can produce great physical destruction and human tragedy. If you’ve been involved in a trucking tragedy, contact a Michigan truck accident attorney today.
When trucks are on the road and something goes wrong, the laws of physics dictate that something very bad will happen. This tragedy may require the services of a Michigan truck accident attorney to ensure that justice is done.
When truck accidents occur the equation of Mass + Speed can lead to:
- Traffic backed up for hours and hours
- Destruction of freeway overpasses, costing thousands of dollars to fix
- Loss of human lives or permanent disability
If you’ve been involved in a truck accident then you need the services of a truck accident lawyer in Michigan.
The trucking industry is one of the largest in the U.S. as more materials are moved by trucks than by air and ship combined. Federal and state regulations control how long drivers can be on the road and when they must take breaks and drivers must keep a log to show they have complied.
Truck accidents occur because of fatigue, highway design faults, and driver error. Some causes are predictable; others are not. The result is always predictable, though – the sheer mass of a truck traveling 40 m.p.h. or faster will always create havoc.
Because tragedy will always result when a car or van collides with a truck, every possible preventive step should be taken. First, we must be more aware that the biggest killer on our highways is fatigue. Federal transportation officials must come up with stricter guidelines to make sure that logbooks are properly kept and that commercial carriers ensure their drivers get the rest they need between trips.
Making highways safer
Michigan must adopt an aggressive program to widen two-lane highways throughout areas to make high-speed travel safer for all. Law enforcement officials must regulate our highways to enforce speed limits rather than tolerating drivers traveling 80 m.p.h. or higher.
Cochran, Kroll & Associates has gone on record as a truck accident lawyer in Michigan and an advocate for actions such as these to reduce the number of car-truck collisions after representing the family of a 5-year-old boy who was killed when a semi-tractor truck struck from behind a vehicle being driven by his mother.
Paving construction to widen our two-lane highways or at least provide for more left-turn flare lanes, increased speed enforcement on two-lane highways, and stricter enforcement of truck driver’s driving time limits can prevent deaths. Human life is so valuable that we must make these efforts.
A settlement was reached for $1,300,000 in a wrongful death civil lawsuit. Earlier the truck driver had been found criminally negligent and was imprisoned for 18 months in his home on an electronic tether.
“As counsel for the plaintiff, I cannot be at ease with the finding of criminal neglect or with the wrongful death civil settlement,” says Terry Cochran, attorney and senior partner of Cochran, Kroll & Associates in Livonia, Michigan.
“I cannot rest at peace because I know with certainty that before the year ends someone else will needlessly die somewhere on a highway. I am certain of this because federal officials, state and county governments, and law enforcement won’t take any actions beyond the civil and criminal judgments recorded. None of us should be at peace until certain actions are taken.”
If a truck driver makes a mistake, adds Cochran, it is very hard to correct because of the mass and size of a truck. “Most truck drivers are good drivers who drive defensively and are qualified and trained to be good drivers,” says Cochran. “But only a single driver error in a lifetime of driving can have tragic results. If you are involved in a truck accident it will be serious. If you are driving and see a truck behaving erratically, call the state police who will come out and check driver’s log.”
The hazard of fatigue
More often than not, the needless tragedy will occur because a trucking company kept the driver on the road longer hours without the required breaks to satisfy business demands. On two-lane roads a truck driver has no place to go if cut-off or momentarily distracted because of fatigue.
When tragedy does occur when a car and truck collide – and tragedy is inevitable – the family suffering loss of a loved one should take action so that the courts, local and county governments, and law enforcement officials are held accountable by the family’s legal representative. Victims should seek out an attorney because justice not sought equals justice denied.
Statutes of limitation limit the length of time you have to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file a lawsuit within that time period you may forever be denied the justice due you. If you have been injured in a truck accident and believe that you have a case, it is critical that you seek legal help quickly.
If you believe you are a victim, let Cochran, Kroll & Associates fight for your rights. There is no obligation for case evaluation and no fee is charged unless a recovery is made.
The Law Offices of Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. is dedicated to representing individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic losses as a result of injuries, disabilities and death. The firm does not represent insurance companies or corporations but instead bases its practice upon representing individuals and families.