Every year there are thousands of truck accidents. These accidents are more dangerous than a typical accident. They are more dangerous because trucks can weigh a lot more than a typical passenger car.
Since 1992, there have been more than 100,000 fatalities as a result of truck accidents
A typical passenger car weighs about 4,000 pounds. A truck or commercial motor vehicle (CMV) at a minimum weighs 10,000 pounds. Some tractor-trailers can weigh in excess of 120,000 pounds.
Truck Drivers Must get a Commerical Driving Lisence (CDL) for a Reason
Since 1992, every truck driver must get a commercial driving license (CDL). In order for a truck driver to get a CDL they must go through rigorous training which includes both classroom and in-truck road tests. These precautions and rules were put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCA) in order to help protect the motoring public.
Truck Accidents are Still Happening
Even with all the safety precautions the FMCA has placed on truck companies and drivers, accidents still happen. Since 1992, there have been more than 100,000 fatalities as a result of truck accidents.
This chart, (which you can click on to enlarge), shows how every year thousands of people’s lives are affected by trucks. These events turn a person’s life and family upside down.
A person who was once self-sufficient no longer has the ability to live independently. However, with all the regulations placed on truck drivers and companies, one must ask why truck accidents are still happening.
Truck Drivers are Professionals
Truck drivers are professionals at what they do. They are constantly upgrading their skills and being monitored. So, when a crash happens, usually there is more to it than just a simple mistake.
One common factor that leads to an accident is when a trucking company overloads their trucks. A truck that is over capacity by just 30 percent could takes 50 percent more distance in order to safely stop. In fact, the Department of Transportation (DOT) estimates that 30 percent of all commercial vehicles overload their trucks.
Another major factor causing truck accidents is driver fatigue. This accounts for almost 40 percent of all truck accidents. Truck drivers can become fatigued if they disobey the strict limits on the amount of hours they can drive before they are required to get rest or sleep.
Truck Drivers and Companies Ignore the Warning signs of Bad Weather
Truck accidents may also be the result of failing to drive safely in bad weather. Even though weather is hard to predict, truck companies have sophisticated technology to not only predict weather, but to quickly and effectively warn their entire fleet. However, even with all this great technology, truck companies sometimes ignore these dangers. In 2009, there were almost 290,000 truck accidents due to the weather. Almost 3,000 of which resulted in someone dying.
This chart, (which enlarges when you click on it), breaks down truck crash fatalities by state since 1999. Here at the DiCello Law Firm, we are trying to make the roads safer one case at a time. We know the rules and regulations that truck companies and their drivers must follow.
We make sure a company and its driver is held accountable for disobeying safety regulations and endangering the general motoring public.
If you or a loved one has been affected by a truck crash and need our specialized ability call The DiCello Law Firm at 888-778-8880. We would be happy to help.