Here are some statics about Truck Injuries:
- Nearly 7200 people died in 2012 in accidents involving large trucks. Another 158,000 were injured.
- Of the deaths, 85 % of them were not truck occupants.
- Large trucks are nearly twice as likely to be involved in a fatal accident as passenger vehicles 2.4 compared with 1.5 accidents per 100 million miles traveled in 2006.
- The higher fatal involvement rate is attributable to the size disparity between large trucks and passenger vehicles.
- The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that up to 40% of accidents involving large trucks may be the result of driver fatigue
- Research by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that truck drivers behind the wheel for more than 8 hours have a twofold increase in accident risk. In an Institute survey taken in 2005, one-in-five truckers (21%) reported falling asleep at the wheel at least once during the previous month.
- Federal officials have uncovered commercial truck licensing fraud in 24 states, and have on-going investigations in 13 states. They say thousands of unskilled, untrained drivers may be on the nation’s highways.
- Transportation experts estimate up to 30% of all commercial trucks on the highways exceed allowable weight limits. The DOT reports about 15% of fatal truck accidents involve overweight carriers.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.