Perhaps the most feared of traffic accidents, truck accidents are serious matters in which victims risk losing limbs or in the worst of instances, their lives. These collisions can cause serious personal injury. Per the Department of Transportation, there are approximately 500,000 truck accidents each year, and for the vast majority of these accidents –88% –, truck drivers are at fault.
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Big Rig Accident Statistics
Nearly 10% of traffic fatalities involve a truck, and most of these accidents cannot be partially explained away by inclement weather since they mostly occur during normal weather conditions. Rather, in most instances, truck accidents are the result of negligence, to some degree, on the part of truck drivers, who are often overtired and either fall asleep at the wheel or lose their ability to competently drive because of exhaustion. In such instances, the fault can often be placed with the truck drivers as well as their employers, especially when said employers have policies that penalize drivers for taking regular naps to ensure safety because it may interfere with meeting delivery deadlines.
Federal regulations have been put into place to ensure that drivers are not on the road for excessive amounts of time, or driving under hazardous conditions; however, some companies fail to follow outlined rules and their management style can translate into more accidents.
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Big rig accidents can happen to anyone. It doesn't matter if you drive a car, motorcycle, bicycle or walk to work. If the operator of an 18-wheeler is negligent you could become the victim. Truck accidents can occur in these types of driving situations:
- Left Turns (blind spot problems)
- Underrides (truck height)
- Stopped Trucks (other trucks in the way)
- Rear End Collisions (Usually onto passenger cars)
- Improper Maneuvers
- Cargo Shifts (When a vehicle is improperly loaded),
- Truck Rollovers
- Tire Defects
- Head-On truck collisions
- T-Bone (upon changing lanes)
- Lost Load (dropping shipments on the freeway)
Human error is also a contributor to truck accidents. Because truck drivers tend to work long shifts, a lot of possible issues can occur during trips. Common Truck driver related mistakes include:
- Excessive speed
- Driving in unsafe weather conditions
- Mechanical failure
- Driving with loads improperly secured.
- Spilled loads
- Aggressive driving to meet deadlines
- The driver leaves inadequate space between themselves and your vehicle
- Driver's difficulty to locate you in their blind spot