Alexandria, LA- Semi-truck and car accidents in Louisiana have a variety of causes from common driver errors to mechanical failure. Fatigue and distraction are fairly common, speeding is more common, accounting for nearly a fourth of commercial truck accidents in the U.S.
In the most recent Fatal Truck Crash Causation Study, conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal agency found that speeding accounts for 23 percent of truck accidents in the U.S. each year. That represents nearly one-fourth of the fatal and injurious truck accidents and shows that speeding is a major concerns on the roads throughout Louisiana.
According to the NHTSA, a tractor-trailer traveling at 60 mph needs a minimum of 250 feet to come to a complete stop and avoid a collision. Many truck drivers realize that it takes longer for them to stop and will drive the safe speed for the current conditions but not all truck drivers prioritize safety. There are many truck drivers who are in such a hurry that they are willing to ignore their own safety and the safety of others. There are many occasions in which speeding causes no one harm, but under the wrong circumstances, speeding can cause a tractor-trailer to jack-knife, rear end another vehicle, or make a driver lose control. If a truck has an existing mechanical problem, such as failing breaks or a bad tire, higher speeds can lead to a tragic truck accident.
Under federal regulations, truck drivers who speed 24 miles or more in excess of the posted speed limit is considered in serious and could face costly fines. Because speed plays such a large role in truck crashes, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, is pushing to have speed limiters standard in our nation’s fleet of commercial trucks. The Claims Journal reported that the FMCSA would like all commercial trucks 26,000 lbs. in the U.S. to utilize speed limiters.
It’s understandable why a truck driver speeds; they need to get their cargo to its destination and move on to the next job. We all depend on truck driver to get the goods we buy to stores, and sometimes that pressure along with economic factors cause truck drivers to take risks they shouldn’t. But needing to get goods to their destination does not justify putting a person’s safety or life at risk. At their weight and size a commercial truck can cause death, serious injuries, and significant damage to property.
Victims of Louisiana truck accidents should reach out to one of the personal injury lawyers at USAttorneys to discuss the cause of their accident and decide if they are entitled to compensation for their injuries or the death of a loved one.
Our team of truck accident lawyers in Louisiana will work closely with each so they can build a strong claim and secure a generous settlement for their injuries or untimely loss. Our attorneys can anticipate the accident-related costs you are facing and will strive to recover the compensatory and punitive damages you may be entitled to for your accident.