Baltimore, MD- Truck accidents and car accidents happen for a variety of reasons, but in most cases, you can count on driver error being the cause. Truck drivers make mistakes, just like everyone, and those mistakes can cost a truck accident victim their health and safety, and oftentimes their lives. Those mistakes can run the gamut so our team of truck accident lawyers in Maryland would like to discuss a few of the primary causes of fatal and injurious truck accidents in Mississippi.
In the latest Fatal Causation Study, conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2003, the federal agency found that speed played a role in 1 in 4 fatal truck accidents. A vehicle that can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. traveling at 60 mph can take up to 250 to come to a complete stop. Not only is a speeding truck harder to stop, it also causes a greater degree of damage to person and property when a major truck collision occurs. The faster a truck is traveling, the worse the impact of a crash and the costlier their injuries.
In 2012 roadside inspections of commercial trucks operating in the U.S., the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that 20.8 percent of commercial trucks had an Out-of-service violation. In other words, these trucks had a mechanical or equipment safety issue bad enough that they shouldn’t have been on the road in the first place. What’s more, the Fatal Causation Study of 2003 found that 55 percent of trucks involved in fatal accidents had at least one mechanical issue, and close to 30 percent had a mechanical issue that should have taken that truck off of the road.
The most common mechanical issues seen in truck accidents are brake failure and tire blowouts. Even the most skilled truck driver with an excellent safety record will have trouble avoiding a collision if their tire blows are their brakes stop working.
Fatigue affects all motorists but it is a major issue among truck drivers. That is due in part because truckers work long hours and are under pressure to deliver goods in a timely fashion. The FMCSA estimates that 13 percent of truck accidents are caused by truck drivers who are drowsy or fatigued. A fatigued truck driver can easily nod of and lose control and possibly smash into other vehicles. Or, they fall asleep and plow into oncoming traffic.
Fatigued truck drivers may not realize how tired they are until it is too late, which is why it’s important for truck drivers to get rest. And why trucking companies should avoid pushing their drivers to work when they are tired.
If you are the victim of a truck accident and wish to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim, USAttorneys recommends you consult with a truck accident attorney near your Maryland location. If you are located on Baltimore or nearby areas, we suggest you call the Injury Law Center at 1-433-630-0394 or visit their website.
Once you retain one of USAttorneys’ truck accident lawyers, you will have a compassionate and assertive advocate. You can count on the legal team at the Injury Law Center to take over the reins of your case so you can focus on your recovery and recover a just settlement on your behalf.