Truck Driver Error, the Cause of Majority of Large Truck Accidents
Contrary to the results of a number of surveys which say that accidents involving passenger cars and trucks are more blamable on car drivers, a study conducted by the Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rather says that trucking accidents are more due to errors committed by drivers of large trucks.
These errors are usually results of many different factors which directly affect a truck driver’s capability to react properly and on time to 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 prescription and/or over-the-counter-drugs; other causes of these errors are speeding, unfamiliarity with the road or vehicle, driving distractions and inattention, improper attachment of trailer, failure to check blind spots, depowering of the front brakes (this is what truck operators commonly do in order to minimize wear and tear on tires and breaks and so save on operating costs), and failure to make sure that the brakes are in good working condition.
In an article posted on its website, the Chris Mayo Law Firm points out why it is of utmost importance that truck drivers and trucking companies exercise the strictest caution and control in the operation of large trucks. Due to the enormous size of a commercial truck, it is deemed as a significant hazard on the road, considering the major damages to properties and the severe injuries it can cause if ever an accident occurs. Regrettably, some truck operators and/or drivers fail to act responsibly and carefully, a failure that often ends up in tragic road mishaps.
Once on the road, truck drivers can practically do whatever they want, like drive continuously despite feeling fatigued, just 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, as well as 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 which, according to a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer, can include brain damage, injuries to the neck and spine, broken bones, severe cuts and bleeding or organ damage.
A serious injury will always necessitate fast medical attention and maybe long-term recovery care too. The high cost of medical treatment, worsened by the loss of wages due to days or weeks of absence from work, can very well lead to financial problems.