For every 100 million miles driven on the roadways throughout the United States, a large commercial truck will be involved in 2.3 auto accident deaths and 60.5 injuries. Further statistics regarding truck accidents (more trucking statistics here), according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, include:
- In 2010, 3,413 people died in large truck accidents;
- Of those deaths, 14 percent truck occupants, while 72 percent were passenger vehicle occupants, and
- Although large trucks accounted for 4 percent of registered vehicles in 2010, they accounted for 9 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths.
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Given the size of a large commercial truck as compared to a passenger vehicle, it is not hard to understand why a significant number of truck accidents result in death, or life-altering injury. Those who have been injured in a truck accident could face long-term medical treatments and rehabilitation services, and may never be able to return to their job, or to their normal life.
The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates understand the many difficulties victims of a truck accident will face. We work hard on behalf of our clients who have been injured in truck accidents to ensure that, at the very least, their financial worries will be taken care of. We understand what a challenging time Mississippi truck accident victims face, and we will use our extensive knowledge and experience to significantly lessen those difficulties.
Factors Associated with Truck Accidents
Large commercial trucks come with a wide array of limitations passenger vehicles do not have to contend with, plus, more and more often truck drivers are driving while fatigued and sleep-deprived. Although most people are well-aware of the dangers of a driver getting behind the wheel while drowsy, unfortunately it happens more than we would like to think with truck drivers. The drivers of large commercial trucks are paid by the mile, meaning the more miles they drive each day, the better their paycheck will be.
The company who employs the driver has little interest in preventing a drowsy truck driver from hitting the road, since the more miles the trucker makes and the faster they deliver the loads, the more money the trucking company makes. While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has imposed new regulations on truckers in an attempt to stop fatigued driving, drowsy truck drivers remain on the roads.
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Commercial trucks also have serious blind spots—directly behind, directly in front of, and to the right and left in the middle portion of the truck. These blind spots prevent the trucker from seeing the much-smaller passenger car, leading to serious accidents when the trucker changes lanes or stops unexpectedly. A large truck cannot stop quickly and has maneuverability issues. When you add those issues to a fatigued driver whose reflexes are considerably slowed, the stage is set for a serious or fatal accident. Other factors, aside from fatigue, which influence truck driving accidents include:
- Poor road conditions;
- Inclement weather;
- Engine, brake or tire failure;
- Improperly loaded cargo;
- Excessive speed;
- Lane drifting or tailgating, and
- Impaired drivers.
Getting the Help You Need Following Your Truck Accident
Fatigued, impaired or reckless truck drivers are a hazard to other drivers. If you were injured in a truck accident in which the truck driver, the trucking company, the loading company, the maintenance company, or the manufacturer of the truck or truck parts was negligent, it is important to seek representation from an experienced truck accident attorney at Coxwell & Associates. We understand that those who survive a Mississippi truck accident may be severely injured, requiring months, years, or a lifetime of medical treatments to try and return their lives to some semblance of normality.