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A recent research study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Safety Administration reveals several common causes for trucking accidents. The size and weight of trucks can leave incredible devastation in the path of an accident. This particular study involved nearly 1,000 crashes involving trucks across 17 states, and unsurprisingly, the majority of accidents were caused by trucks and a smaller vehicle.
One of the leading causes for truck crashes fell into the category of driver-related issues. This category includes issues related to the drivers focus and performance. Driver inattentiveness on the road can be deadly for other vehicles. Alarmingly, the study concluded that relatively few accidents were caused by vehicle malfunction. Only 13% of the examined truck accidents were found to be the fault of a truck malfunction or environmental conditions.
Instead, misjudging distances or speeds, in addition to distracted drivers, were leading reasons that trucks collided with other vehicles, causing gruesome accidents. Driver behavior and training is critical for the overall performance of the vehicle and for reducing the likelihood of an accident. Proper training can help the driver prepare when malfunctions or changing road conditions do occur, but proceeding cautiously and obeying all posted laws (including speed limits) are the most important steps for truck drivers to take for limiting accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Typically, most accidents caused by trucks could be linked to multiple causes, highlighting the importance of sticking to safety protocol and an alert and well-trained driver.
If you have been the victim of a truck accident, it can change your life forever in a simple matter of moments. Truck accidents are known for causing severe injuries. Your injuries may have caused you to miss work, adjust to a new lifestyle with limited mobility, and take on high medical bills. As the victim of a trucking accident, you have rights. Speak with us today to protect your rights.
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