Truck Driver Error: Cause of many Large Truck Accidents

A study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says that large truck accidents are more due to errors committed by drivers of large trucks rather than errors of drivers of passenger cars.

These errors are usually the result of many different factors which directly affect a truck driver’s capability to react properly and on time of danger. The top three factors that the FMCSA has identified include driver fatigue, driving too fast for road conditions, and impairment due to intoxication from alcohol, prescription and/or over-the-counter-drugs. There are also other factors, such as speeding, unfamiliarity with the road or vehicle, driving distractions and inattention, improper attachment of trailer, failure to check blind spots, and failure to make sure that the brakes are in good working condition.

In an article posted in its website, the Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, says that trucking companies and the drivers they employ have a legal and ethical responsibility to protect other drivers on the road. Bearing that in mind, truck accidents victims have every reason to take legal action against the responsible party if they suspect the accident was caused by any form of negligence or recklessness.

Once on the road, truck drivers can practically do whatever they want, like still drive despite feeling fatigued to be able to cover as many road miles as possible, or drive over the speed limit or too fast for certain road conditions. Because of these, plus the fact that driving a truck is just much more challenging than driving any passenger vehicle, both the federal and local authorities make sure that a driver, before being granted a commercial driver’s license, has been given the necessary training in the safe operation of large trucks, has passed the required tests, and is totally aware of how dangerous trucks can be on roads and highways.

According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, a non-profit research organization, there were at least 3,500 fatal large truck accidents in 2013. About 570 truck drivers lost their lives in these accidents; all other fatalities were passengers of smaller vehicles, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.

While it may be tempting to say that many of those who survive large truck accidents are lucky, any personal injury lawyer may say otherwise due to the different types of serious injuries that victims may sustain, such as brain damage, injuries to the neck and spine, broken bones, severe cuts and bleeding or organ damage.

According to the The Benton Law Firm, suffering a traumatic injury can be devastating and oftentimes life altering. A victim can be left with significant medical bills, excruciating pain, severe mental anguish, lost income, and permanent physical impairment. If the injuries were something that could have been avoided, it is imperative that the responsible party be held accountable.