Whether you are an automobile driver or passenger alongside a semi-truck on the highway, or a pedestrian crossing a busy street in front of a tractor trailer, the sheer size and number of large trucks on the road represent accidents waiting to happen.
Common causes of Truck accidents include truck driver error, improper training, driver fatigue, improper loading,unsecure and unstable loads. The Federal Motor Carrier Statute requires truck companies to maintain records including driver qualifications, driving abstracts as well as vehicle safety inspections. Our attorneys know how to uncover the truth about how accidents happened and are familiar with the applicable laws and requirements. We know what records are maintained and how to obtain them. Our attorneys work closely with accident reconstruction experts to assure that a full and thorough investigation gets to the facts.
So here are some facts you might want to remember the next time you encounter one of these on the road:
There are nearly 11 million large trucks on the streets and highways of the US. Every 16 minutes there is a person killed or who sustained injuries in a large truck accident.
In 2009, 286,000 large truck crashes were reported, accounting for 4% of all motor vehicle accidents. Yet, due to their size, weight, and number on the road, large trucks have a higher fatal crash rate per mile than passenger vehicles.
In 2009, at least one person was killed in 3,215 of the reported large truck crashes, and injuries were sustained in 53,000 of these truck crash incidents. Drivers and other occupants of passenger vehicles are far more likely to be killed or injured in a large truck crash than are truck occupants.
In 2009, only 14% of large truck crash deaths were truck occupants; 70% of fatalities were drivers and passengers in other motor vehicles, and 14% were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists.
If you or a family member is a victim of a traumatic trucking accident, you’ll find yourself with a million questions weighing on your mind.
In addition to the traffic laws that everyone on the road has to follow, the trucking industry has an extensive list of regulations and laws called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations ( FMCSRs ). The FMCSRs guide the self-regulated trucking industry with regulations spanning all aspects of trucking, including:
- Licensing requirements for truck drivers
- Required documentation
- Limits on consecutive work hours by hours
- Weight, size and route limitations
- Trucking insurance minimums
Tom Vesper is on the National Advisory Board of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Truck Lawyers of America ( APITLA ).
If you or a family member has been injured, in a trucking accident, please fill out our Contact Form or call us at 609-645-1111 to learn more. We would be happy to arrange for a confidential free consultation.