According to a study sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly twice as many motor vehicle drivers die in collisions involving trucks as opposed to collisions involving cars of the same weight. Similarly, there is a much higher fatality rate among drivers and occupants of passenger vehicles and light trucks as compared to occupants of buses and large trucks.
Statistics also show one out of eight traffic fatalities stems from a collision with a large truck. Unfortunately, the majority of the fatalities that occur in truck accidents are innocent motor vehicle passengers while truck drivers generally remain unharmed.
Every year, thousands of individuals around the country are seriously injured or lose their lives in trucking accidents involving big rigs, 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and other massive commercial vehicles. Reasons for these accidents occurring could be overworked drivers who are paid according to the distance they travel, overweight truckloads, and various other unsafe practices that increase the dangers involved in operating such large vehicles.
At Ted A. Greve & Associates, we understand the unique circumstances and difficulties a truck accident victim faces. Collisions resulting from a truck driver’s carelessness or negligence can lead to catastrophic injuries. This is why the law dictates operators of large trucks maintain a standard of care far greater compared to that of the average motor vehicle driver.
Generally, truck negligence falls into two categories: truck driver error and vehicle maintenance failure. Fatigue is a very common example of a driver error in truck accidents. This can result in drowsiness, clouded judgment and falling asleep while at the wheel. Errors on the part of the truck driver can also include improper training, inexperience, and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The deregulation of the trucking industry has also resulted in an increasing number of speed-limit violations among truck drivers.
For several reasons, truck accident claims tend to be more complicated compared to other vehicular accidents. Truck accidents can oftentimes involve multiple liable parties including the truck driver, the trucking company, and even the truck manufacturer or distributor. Some of the most common reasons for truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue
- Overloaded freight
- Excessive speeding
- Defective tires
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Failure to follow federal and state regulations
If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident, contact Ted A. Greve & Associates as soon as possible. We will help you fight for your rights and will ensure that you are compensated fairly and justly for the injuries you have sustained.
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