We depend on tractor-trailers and large trucks to transport goods throughout the state. The trucking industry provides jobs for millions of people and is necessary in delivering goods to consumers across the country. Given the number of trucks on Southern California streets and freeways, it is not surprising that there are a large number of truck accidents each year.
According to the U. S. Department of Transportation, 104,000 people were injured in large truck accidents during 2012 and almost 4,000 people were killed in truck accidents that year. The causes of truck accidents are numerous, but one thing is constant; truck accidents are responsible for catastrophic injuries that often result in permanent life-altering changes for the victims and their families.
Why Do Truck Accidents Cause Catastrophic Injuries?
There are many reasons why truck accidents have a higher incidence of catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths than car accidents. The main reasons are the size, weight and construction of the vehicles. An average truck weighs 80,000 pounds or more when fully loaded. This causes a greater impact than a car-verses-car accident. Trucks are also constructed with much thicker metal than the average car making them stronger and less flexible in a crash compared to the thinner metal that collapses on a car. In addition, trucks are higher than automobiles, so a car is more likely to be crushed under a truck causing catastrophic injury or death to the car’s driver and/or passengers.
What a truck is transporting can also contribute to the seriousness of injuries incurred in a truck accident. For example, trucks transporting hazardous materials such as chemicals or flammable liquids can create a dangerous situation for everyone involved in an accident.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a three-year study entitled Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) that identified several common causes of truck accidents, including:
- Driver fatigue or driving beyond the maximum hours permitted by law
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo
- Shifting loads
- Tire blowouts
- Improper maintenance
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Aggressive driving
- Inexperienced truck drivers
- Defective products such as brakes, computer systems or driving controls
- Distracted driving (i.e. use of electronic devices, eating, reaching for something, etc.)
- Adverse weather conditions
The best way to avoid being involved in a truck accident is to be alert when driving or biking near one of these large vehicles.
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