When a person is struck by a large commercial vehicle, there may be much more at stake than if a person is in an accident with another passenger vehicle. In terms of damage, a tractor trailer is much more powerful and heavy than a regular vehicle and can cause catastrophic levels of damage in a crash. Property damage, serious injuries and fatalities are often the consequence of a serious truck accident.
Distracted driving has always been a problem. However, with the recent proliferation of cellphones, handheld devices and in-car electronics systems, instances of distracted-driving related traffic accidents are on the rise. Although much of the focus has been on individual drivers, the problem is hitting commercial fleets as well.
The commercial trucking industry has long had a problem with so-called "chameleon carriers" - trucking companies that simply reopen under a new name after being shut down for serious and repeated safety violations.