Data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) tells us that for the last couple of years, about 420,000 crashes involving large trucks were reported annually by police. With more than 15 million large trucks each year transporting the majority of U.S. freight, it’s pretty easy to understand that accidents are likely.
But what are the causes behind these accidents? We’ll talk about it in this issue.
What are the most common causes for large truck accidents?
New emphasis on blind spot warning systems in large trucks show promise in decreasing the number of accidents on our highways. But blind spots aren’t the only cause for large truck accidents.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the most common reasons behind such accidents are:
- Driver fatigue;
- Inadequate driver training;
- Overloaded trucks;
- Brake failure;
- Aggressive driving; and
- Defective parts.
What injuries are most common in large truck accidents?
Because typical delivery or large freight trucks can weigh 80,000 pounds fully loaded compared to the roughly 3,000 pounds of most passenger cars, it’s usually the passenger vehicle and those in it that will take the brunt of the force when an accident occurs.
The most common injuries suffered by victims of large truck accidents are:
- Neck and back injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Internal injuries; and
- Broken bones.
How can I reduce my chances of being involved in a large truck accident?
This time of the year is especially dangerous as more travelers are on the roads and highways to visit with family and friends. As you’re out and about, remember to:
- Never drive impaired;
- Buckle up;
- Remove ice and snow from your vehicle so that your visibility will be increased;
- Avoid a trucker’s blind spots and remember to pass on the left side of the truck;
- Never cut in front of a large truck as they require much more space to come to a stop; and
Slow down (your chances of being involved in a crash nearly triple when you’re going faster than the traffic around you).
Are you a truck accident victim in Alaska? Call Barber & Associates.
We hope you and your family have a safe and joyous holiday season. If you’re involved in an accident, however, we encourage you to call us here at Barber & Associates.
We’ve recovered more than $45 million in verdicts and settlements for injured Alaskans.
The first meeting is always free, and we’ll fight aggressively to ensure you get the compensation you’re entitled to.