CBS recently reported on the disturbing news that deadly semi truck accidents are on the rise. According to federal investigators, a large portion of truck accidents are due to trucks traveling at higher constant speeds than their tires are rated for. Most large truck tires are not rated to handle speeds over 75 miles per hour, but 16 states have truck speeds equal to or greater than 75 miles per hour. A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation found that multiple Michelin tire blowouts were caused by high speeds and a lack of maintenance. Even though the American Trucking Association (ATA) has been warning the trucking industry about this for years, it continues to be a problem.
The Facts on Truck Accidents
- Between 2009 and 2013, heavy trucks and buses were responsible for 14,000 fatal accidents.
- 223 of those fatalities were related to heavy truck tires.
- There are an estimated 2 million big rigs on U.S. roadways.
- In 2013, there were 3,964 deaths attributed to large truck crashes.
Other Factors Associated With Truck Accidents
Like with most crashes involving traditional passenger vehicles, wrecks involving semi trucks are rarely ‘accidental.’ Often, large truck ‘accidents’ happen through driver error, negligence, recklessness or improper vehicle maintenance. Speeding isn’t the only factor contributing to the rise in semi truck accidents across the nation. Listed below are the top 10 most common factors associated with tractor trailer accidents.
10 Most Common Big Rig Accident Factors
- Brake problems
- Traffic flow interruption
- Prescription drug use
- Drunk driving
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
- Driver fatigue
What to do After a Truck Accident
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a truck driver or trucking company’s negligence, you are entitled to bring a lawsuit against the negligent party or parties. Although no dollar amount can even come close to replacing a lost loved one, surviving loved ones can recover damages with a wrongful death lawsuit. It is possible to recover compensation for medical costs, funeral expenses, lost wages, future earning capacity, pain and suffering and mental anguish.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation.