In 2017, the year for which the most recent data is available, 4,102 individuals were killed in large truck accidents in the U.S. [Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)]. The IIHS says that “17% of these deaths were truck occupants, 68% were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 14% were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.” While many of these collisions are caused by those operating passenger vehicles, a percentage of them werecaused by truck drivers.
What are some of the main reasons why truck operators cause accidents?
While there are several reasons why truckers engage in crashes, there are a few that seem to be a factor in many of the accidents we read about. Some of these include:
- The driver failed to obey one or more traffic laws. Truckers, just like motorists, are required to follow roadway rules. For example, those who are responsible for operating a large truck are required to maintain a safe following distance between the vehicles they are traveling around as well as travel at or below the posted speed limit depending on the size of the vehicle and the weight of the load they are carrying.
- The operator was driving while fatigued. Truck drivers are limited to a certain number of hours they can drive each day. The hours-of-service rules stipulate how many hours this is. When a driver works beyond what the hours-of-service rules allow without obtaining prior authorization to do so, they put themselves and those traveling around them at risk. The fact is, driving a vehicle for several hours in a day tires the body out and when a driver works beyond the number of hours the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) believes to be safe, they are more likely to become fatigued.
Did you know that fatigued drivers are now being compared to those who operate their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol?
- The trucker was engaging in reckless or careless behavior. When a truck driver chooses to speed beyond the legal limit or travel at a rate of speed that is too fast for what the conditions permit, they increase their chances of engaging in a collision which places the lives of other drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and even bicyclists at risk.
Now, if you were involved in a truck collision with a negligent truck driver in Sioux Falls, SD it is recommended that you get connected with a SD truck accident lawyer who can assess your damages.You may be entitled to recover compensation for mental anguish, medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, lost income, and more. If you want to speak with a qualified truck accident attorney in Sioux Falls, SD who is prepared to devote the time and attention your case needs so that you are able to recoup the maximum amount of compensation you are due, contact the legal experts at Ogborn Mihm Quaintance.
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