Are Truck Crashes Really Happening More Frequently?
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Fri Jun 2019
- Accident,Auto Accident,
You don’t necessarily need the real statistics to confirm what you sense yourself. Truck crashes not only appear to be on the upsurge. Documented studies show they are happening more frequently. And, a larger percentage of big wheeler accidents involve fatalities.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) falls under the auspices of the United States Department of Transportation. Every year, the FMCSA publishes a report regarding large truck accident and bus crash facts.
A couple of months ago, the government released its 2017 findings. The data proves alarming, with 8% more fatal crashes than the prior year. In numbers, nearly 4.8K individuals lost their lives as a result of some type of collision with a large truck.
Many crashes involving big rigs involve passenger cars or SUVs. Most often, it’s someone in the smaller vehicle who suffers the more serious injuries. However, that’s not always the case. Part of the nation’s 2017 truck accident death toll included someone in New Jersey.
According to news reports, a tractor-trailer driver lost his life before daybreak. Notably, two occupants of a Honda involved in the accident received non-threatening injuries.
Just a couple of months ago, a passenger in a minivan died as a result of a crash with a big rig. Five others suffered injuries as a result of the accident. Three required medevac services due to the severity of their conditions.
No doubt that fatalities aren’t the only issue when it comes to a collision with an 18-wheeler. However, only a few escape minor harm. You may have your own impressions as to the increased frequency of tractor-trailer accidents. See how they compare to the facts.
Truck Crashes: When Goliath Meets David
More than likely, the analogy is not lost on you. When it comes to transportation on the roads, large trucks are the Goliath. They easily dwarf passenger vehicles. The perils of truck accidents include the unfortunate reality that they are often unavoidable.
The truth is that big comes with its share of limitations. All things considered, it’s more difficult to maneuver a big rig than to drive a sedan or sports car. Everything from acceleration, to slowing down and stopping, requires special skills.
In the meantime, there are some other things to keep in mind. Commercial truck owners bear the responsibility of keeping their vehicles safe. And, of course, insisting on the best drivers behind the wheel.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise. Even the most experienced tractor trailer operators can inadvertently cause a horrific crash. It’s the reason they’re called accidents.
For many haulers, time is of the essence and accounts for truckers going too fast. Of course, speeding isn’t the only issue. Some big rig crashes occur when a driver changes lanes and cuts someone off with no room to go.
The onus isn’t only on truck drivers when it comes to accidents involving other vehicles. Truckers not only recognize the size of their vehicle. They also understand that losing their CDL license will impact their livelihood.
Truck Accident Causes
The FMCSA’s 2017 report confirmed many of the known causes for truck accidents. They include:
• Drowsy driving – Too many hours on the road
• Distracted driving – Texting and driving or other distractions
• Obstructions in the roadway
• Improper turns
• Careless driving
• Driving while intoxicated or under the influence
Driver fatigue remains an issue in the transportation industry. While truckers are well aware of the problems associated with extended hours, many worry about meeting their destinations on time.
Unfortunately, speed and fatigue mix like oil and vinegar. All too often, the only place the driver is heading – is to an accident waiting to happen.
The Law Offices of Beninato & Matrafajlo can assist you with pursuing a claim if you were injured in a truck accident. The laws are different than those that apply to incidents only involving passenger cars. Give us a call to learn how we can assist you.