Trucks are very Accident Prone and, when a Truck Accident Occurs, it is almost always Devastating for Everyone Involved
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), fatal truck accidents happen almost 11 times a day, resulting to more than 4,000 deaths and more than 100,000 injuries each year. Compared to car accidents, truck accidents may be fewer, however, their results are always more destructive and tragic due to their huge size.
That semi-trucks pose a serious risk to other vehicles on the road due to their enormous size is common knowledge. Thus, if a person driving a does not possess the required skills that will enable him/her to safely operate his/her vehicle, or if he/she commits an error that results in an accident, then fatalities or people sustaining severe injuries are not remote possibilities.
There are more than two million semi-trucks or big rigs operating in the U.S. and, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), half a million of these trucks get involved in accidents every year.
Studies conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) show that majority of truck accidents are the fault of truck drivers. Some of the most common truck driver errors identified by the FMCSA are driver fatigue, driving too fast for road conditions, impairment due to use of prescription drugs, illegal drugs or alcohol, overspeeding, lack of experience in operating a semi-truck; lack of focus on the road; distracted driving; failure to check a truck’s “no-zone” areas or blind spots, and failure to make sure that truck brakes are in good working condition.
As explained by Toronto truck accident lawyers of the law firm Mazin & Associates, PC, “Heavy haul trucks are by far some of the most difficult vehicles to operate. Their large size and mass lead to numerous safety hazards, including bad brakes and large blind spots. These safety hazards only worsen when the bitter Canadian winter comes and the already limited traction of the road decreases even further. Trucks are very accident prone and when a truck accident occurs it is almost always devastating for everyone involved.”
Though many truck drivers and trucking companies do everything they can to stay safe on the road, the sad reality is that not everyone exercises caution, putting unsuspecting motorists in harm’s way. Many drivers exceed the set hours of service restrictions, there are those who abuse alcohol and/or amphetamines while behind the wheel, or those who fail to keep their trucks in good working order, exposing everyone on the road to serious risks.
All these acts of failure are due to negligence which can easily be avoided, thus, avoiding too the thousands of accidents involving trucks. While no one wants an accident to occur, the injuries or death of victims require that erring truck drivers, may be even the trucking company they work for, be made to face justice as well as compensate victims for all damages resulting from their injuries.