Trial attorneys should smile at the safety that Wal-Mart truck driver, Danny Ewell, has demonstrated over his career. Mr. Ewell should be commended for keeping our highways safer and we should encourage other truck drivers to follow in his lead.
Danny Ewell, driving for Wal-Mart, has driven 2.7 million miles without a preventable accident. This is a miracle and a blessing because when driving 80,000 pound truck accidents tend to happened and when they do, someone usually is seriously injured or killed.
Mr. Ewell explained in an news article recently that most drivers on the road don’t realize a truck’s blind spot extends all the way to the back of the vehicle. Non-truck drivers don’t realize a truck trying to stop from 60 miles per hour will go the length of a football field before stopping. Mr. Ewell explains how drivers cut truck drivers off too quickly. All drivers should be more careful when driving around a semi truck.
Since 1980, truckers have traveled 42% more miles with a 50% accident fatality rate during the same period. This means that there is more to be done concerning trucking safety and more drivers should drive as safe as Mr. Ewell. Unfortunately, as the statistics indicate not all drivers are this safe.
Everyday there are approximately 3 million trucks on the road. As you drive your normal vehicle, please be careful and watch out for these big rigs because an 80,000 pound vehicle will cause major damage.