Nearly 3.5 million truck drivers fill America’s roads and serve as an integral part of the nation’s economy.
Unfortunately, however, because of the prevalence and size of commercial trucks, truck accidents pose a significant risk to other motorists and pedestrians.
The most recent data available shows that approximately every 16 minutes a person is killed or injured in a truck accident. Nearly 98 percent of fatalities involve the death of a driver or passenger not in the large truck.
Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents:
- Non-performance: Causes risk when a driver falls asleep, has a heart attack or is otherwise unable to drive due to a physical impairment.
- Performance: These errors occur when a driver overreacts or panics and further increases the risk of accident.
- Recognition: This occurs when the driver is distracted or otherwise inattentive to the road.
- Decision: The driver follows another vehicle too closely, is going too fast for the road conditions or misjudges another vehicle’s speed or direction.
In approximately 4 percent of crashes involving fatalities, truck driver fatigue was listed as the primary reason for the crash. About .06 percent were caused by the driver’s consumption of alcohol.
Truck accidents are an unfortunate danger on today’s roads. If you or a loved one has been in a truck accident, contact a Peck Law Group attorney familiar with truck accident cases early after your accident.
There is much-needed investigative work that should be done before the trucking company moves the vehicle. A safety inspection can be done and spoliation of evidence letters must be promptly handled.
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.