The Prevalence of Trucking Accidents in the USA
Trucking accidents can be some of the most tragic and devastating collisions and constitute a national safety crisis for everyone who has to share the road with these giant machines. Too often trucks do not deliver goods, but rather damage, death and disaster. You may be surprised to learn just how often traffic accidents involving large trucks occur. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 380,000 large trucks (each weighing at least 10,000 pounds) were involved in traffic crashes in the United States in 2008.
Of those accidents, 4,066 involved fatalities.
That is saying that, on average, over 1,000 large trucks were involved in a traffic crash and that more than ten people died as a result of these accidents every single day in 2008 in the United States.
Although a multitude of technologies are available to potentially prevent such accidents, some trucking companies and truck manufacturers choose not to purchase and implement the technologies. Seeking to shift the load from point A to point B as cheaply and as quickly as possible, these companies are prioritizing profit over safety.
Although the extremely important and dangerous safety issues involving the operation of the semi-tractor and trailer, are well known, they are not always respected and mitigated.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations regarding fatigue, driving over the regulated hours of service, and substance abuse, are routinely, repeatedly and intentionally violated.
Overall, 11 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2008 involved accidents with large trucks. The most common causes for these truck crashes were found to be driver fatigue and substance abuse. Two activities which the FMCSA specifically prohibits.
The complex nature of trucking accident litigation
Truck accident litigation allows trial lawyers the opportunity to combine a wide range of skills and trial techniques in working on a single case. Few areas of litigation compare with the complicated interplay of law and incident facts that exists in truck accident litigation.
Please return next week to http://wlglaw.net/blog for a discussion of the complicated nature of this litigation.
Download a PDF of NTHSA Large Truck Crash Statistics 2008.