According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration data, nearly 4,000 Americans die in traffic accidents involving large trucks each year. In addition, over 400,000 trucks are involved in accidents requiring a police report. Due to the bulky nature of a large truck and the physics involved in navigating a multi-ton vehicle, truck collisions tend to have a higher rate of fatality than most motor vehicle accidents. There are a number of reasons truck crashes kill people, including:
- Driver fatigue — some trucking companies pressure employees to deliver goods as quickly as possible to maximize profits. This results in excessive time on the road, not enough few breaks and inadequate rest for drivers. Fatigue leads to impaired judgment and slow reflexes, in addition to the increased possibility of falling asleep at the wheel;
- Heavy loads — overburdened trucks have an increased risk of tire blow-outs, jackknife accidents and unbalancing or tip-over accidents. Heavy loads pose a danger in all road conditions since the amount of brake pressure required to stop the truck is much greater than normal. Any impact occurring in an accident is more forceful with a heavier truck, increasing the likelihood of serious injury or fatality;
- The usual reasons — Truck drivers have this in common with everyone else on the road: they speed, they drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol, they use cell phones while driving and they make mistakes. Given the additional weight and bulk of a large truck, these common mistakes can have catastrophic results.
While truck drivers might practice some of the same poor driving habits as other drivers, the stakes are much higher. Professional drivers suffer from boredom, fatigue, and the monotony of long stretches of road, and these conditions invite all manner of potential dangers. When a large truck with a heavy load is involved in an accident, there are often serious injuries to the people involved.
When a person is seriously injured or killed in an accident the victim did not cause, the injured person or the surviving family of a deceased victim may be able to sue the party responsible for personal injury or wrongful death. The time to bring claims is limited. If you have been injured in an accident, speak to a Colorado personal injury attorney before it’s too late. Call the Burg Simpson law firm at 303-792-5595 or visit us online today. We will help you seek the maximum compensation allowed by law. Schedule your Free Case Evaluation now.