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Rising Truck Accident Death Tolls

An op-ed article out of the New York Times recently called attention to the rise in truck accident deaths on U.S roadways. While overall roadway traffic fatality rates are dropping, we’re seeing an increase in fatal crashes involving large trucks. Between 2009 and 2013, fatalities in truck-involved wrecks rose 17 percent. The writer, Howard Abramson, former executive at American Trucking Associations, is quick to point out that deliberate efforts at deregulation in the trucking industry and a business culture of choosing profits over safety have contributed to the problem.

Systematic Deregulation in The Trucking Industry

This year, Congress has worked toward rolling back safety improvements ordered by federal regulators. For example, they have been pushing for a change from the 70-hour, eight-day work week, to an 82-hour work week. They have also been making efforts to lower the minimum age for large truck drivers for interstate travel. All of these changes could add up to even more big rig crashes. We know that drowsy driving, sleep apnea, drug use and other problems associated with pushing drivers past safe limits are major contributors to injury-causing and fatal truck accidents across the country.

Savings Over Safety

It’s no secret that commercial trucks are disproportionately involved in fatal crashes. The industry fights safety advances and regulations at every turn to save a buck, and motorists’ and other roadway users’ lives at put at risk. It isn’t just the push for fewer safety regulations. These trucks are large and can weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds. If your small passenger occupant vehicle is involved in an accident with a big rig, you can imagine which vehicle is going to sustain more damage.

After a Truck Accident in Texoma

Accidents involving commercial trucks can leave victims catastrophically injured, or worse. These vehicles are so much larger and heavier than other cars and light trucks, and they can do a lot of damage. Since truck drivers and the commercial trucking industry do have additional federal regulations to follow for safe operation, truck accident investigations can be lengthy and involve multiple agencies. After a truck accident, investigators need to determine if truck drivers or trucking companies violated traffic laws or federal safety regulations.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident in Texoma, contact the skilled team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation.

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Deadly Semi Truck Accidents on The Rise

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

  1. Brake problems
  2. Distractions
  3. Traffic flow interruption
  4. Prescription drug use
  5. Drunk driving
  6. Driving too fast for conditions
  7. Unfamiliarity with roadway
  8. Over-the-counter drug use
  9. Inadequate surveillance
  10. 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.

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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

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