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No safety feature can prevent a fatal truck accident

Anyone in West Virginia who has bought a new car recently has probably noticed the immense amount of safety features that many of these newer vehicles have. Auto makers pour substantial resources into making their vehicles safer and safer, which can ultimately be a good marketing tool in a competitive industry. But, even the latest and greatest technology and safety innovations cannot adequately protect drivers and passengers from a collision with a semi-truck.

Every year, tens of thousands of people throughout the country suffer injuries from truck accidents. Even more alarming, the number of fatal truck accidents has been on the rise during the past five years.

Like any other kind of accident, truck accidents occur for a variety of reasons. For example, bad weather or driver negligence can cause a truck accident just like it would a car accident. The difference is that semi-trucks are multiple times larger than most passenger vehicles, and thus accidents involving trucks raises the stakes when it comes to potential injuries and fatalities.

The government can take steps to make the roads safer through tougher federal trucking regulations. However, this is not always a popular choice, given the importance that trucks play in the overall economy.

Regardless of the regulatory environment, trucking companies and their drivers owe everyone else on the roads a duty to operate their vehicles safely. If an accident is the result of a truck's faulty equipment, an overworked truck driver or any other form of unsafe driving, accident victims should hold the company and its driver accountable through legal action.

Even the newest and safest car is no match for an impact with a semi-truck. But, people in these smaller vehicles should not have constantly be in fear of sharing the road with commercial trucks.

Source: CNBC, "Truck accidents surge: Why no national outcry?" Eamon Javers and Jennifer Schlesinger, Accessed on Jan. 15, 2015

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