Accidents involving large commercial vehicles, like tractor trailers, are a concern for drivers in Orange county and all throughout the country. These kinds of accidents tend to produce severe injuries and substantial property damage. Like any other kind of accident, understanding how truck accidents occur can help to prevent them in the future.
In addition to the usual causes of any motor vehicle crash, which often involve someone’s negligent actions, truck accidents involve a few unique variables. For example, a truck that is overloaded with cargo can make the vehicle more difficult to operate safely. Furthermore, truck driver fatigue is a common issue amongst drivers who spend long hours on the road in an effort to move goods across the country as quickly as possible.
In 2007, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released the results of a large-scale study that it conducted in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The study, which was called the “Large Truck Crash Causation Study,” examined a sample of the 120,000 crashes that occurred during a two year period.
Following the study, the FMCSA reported that speeding was one of the factors that commonly caused trucks to lose control. The data showed that loss of control led to 29 percent of the truck accidents in the study sample. Interestingly, the study also showed that in 44 percent of the accidents involving a truck and a passenger vehicle, the “critical reason” behind the accident could be attributed to the truck and its driver.
Although the data from this study is now more than a decade old, it still sheds some light on how and why truck accidents occur. Regardless of the cause, however, truck accidents can be life-altering events for victims. The thousands of people a year find themselves in this difficult situation and can hold truck companies and their drivers accountable through legal claims.
Source: FMCSA, “The Large Truck Crash Causation Study – Analysis Brief,” Accessed on Jan. 12, 2015