Insurance companies and defense lawyers often refer to crashes which cause catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths as “accidents”. In most cases, they are not “accidents”. They are the foreseeable result of carelessness, negligence, and often the reckless or intentional disregard for the safety of others. For example, a tractor trailer driver is required by Federal Motor Carrier Vehicle Regulations to not drive long lengths of time without rest. These regulations were enacted because studies showed that people were being killed on our highways by tractor trailer operators, motivated by the greed of their employers to maximize profits, driving for long periods of time without rest, with the foreseeable result being catastrophic injuries or wrongful death to others. Those are not accidents. They are catastrophes which are preventable by following basic rules and exercising reasonable care for the safety of others. At the time of the writing of this blog, there have been recent multiple tractor trailer crashes in our area which have caused needless fatalities and devastation to the families of the victims. When you hear these events being described as “accidents”, remember that there is more to the story, and a diligent, experienced, trial lawyer can shine the light of truth on what is really happening.