Commercial Trucking Accidents

Information About Commercial Trucking Accidents

Truck drivers repeatedly break federal laws by driving:

  • While fatigued
  • In excess of the amount of hours they are allowed to drive
  • With oversized trucks
  • With overloaded trucks
  • With improper maintenance
  • With an inability to see at night
    Furthermore, truck drivers frequently cause accidents due to:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Cell phone use
  • Failure to install blind spot mirrors to avoid dangerous lane changes
According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, thousands of motorists are killed each year by large trucks -- those weighing more than 10,000 pounds. Tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, and semi-trucks fall into this category.

There are three reasons why truck accidents are so dangerous: size, speed and driver fatigue. A fully loaded truck is a huge piece of machinery. If you add the growing problem of driver fatigue and truck drivers’ being under constant pressure to move cargo – there can be deadly consequences. A recent study revealed that 20 percent of long-haul truck drivers reported they had fallen asleep at the wheel during the last 30-day period. It’s no wonder that people are killed when one in five drivers admit to falling asleep, leaving these giants with no one at the wheel.

In 2006 alone, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes and 4 percent of all vehicles involved in injury and property-damage-only crashes.

If you or someone you know is injured in an accident involving a large truck, it is important that you seek competent legal representation as soon as possible to fully protect your rights.

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