Truck accidents typically cause more serious injuries and fatalities than other types of motor vehicle accidents, such as car and motorcycle accidents. What makes this worse is the fact that many of these trucking accidents could have been prevented in the first place. The vehicle’s driver can so many things to try to avoid or prevent an accident, but truck’s driver may be at fault for any injuries or death in the other vehicle.
There are many statistics out there related to truck accident, FleetOwner.com is one source that provides these. They noted that truck crashes often occur with the highest frequency on Saturdays and Sundays during the daytime hours between 11 am and 4 pm. They go on to note that “More than 21% of all large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had at least one prior speeding conviction.” That is an astounding number of truck drivers driving carelessly each day.
Failing to yield right of way caused more fatal accidents than any other types of accidents. The total number of truck accidents has increased year over year with more and more trucks delivering products across cities, counties, and states towns.
The most common causes of tractor-trailer accidents that lead to serious injury or a fatality according to GTG Technology Group are:
- Poor vehicle maintenance and equipment failure such as defective parts, poor repairs, and maintenance, and worn brake pads. Other causes could be that a driver may have improperly loaded cargo which can cause an imbalance causing lost cargo and tip-overs.
- Bad weather including heavy rainstorms or snowstorms,
- At the top of the list is driver error with drunk driving, reckless driving, and drowsy driving be the main culprits.
If you’ve or a family member have been injured in a trucking accident due to the fault of another, we think the insurance company should pay have to paid for your pain and suffering, so call Hardee, Massey & Blodgett, LLP, and speak with one of our attorneys. As always, your consultation is free, and if you cannot come to us, we will come to you.