Lake Oswego, OR- If you regularly take the highways and roadways in and around Lake Oswego, you’ve probably noticed the proliferation of large commercial trucks. The number of these trucks on the road is only expected to increase two-fold over the next few years and more trucks on the road may have consequences as new data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicates that fatal truck accidents edged up in 2011.
According to FMCSA, in 2011, the latest year trucking data was analyzed, there were 3, 608 fatal truck accidents, up 3 percent from 2010. But it isn’t all bad news, although there was an increase in truck accident fatalities, the actual number of truck accident fatalities has decreased 25 percent from 2001 statistics. Truck accidents are twice as deadly as passenger vehicle collisions according to data from the American Trucking Association.
There was also a decrease, 30 percent, in the number of truck accidents involving injuries over between 2001 and 2011 and 34 percent decrease in accidents involving property damage, the Commercial Carrier Journal reported.
Fifty-six percent of single-vehicle fatal truck accidents and 29 percent of multiple vehicle fatalities were caused by driver error.
Speeding was the main contributing factor of fatal truck accidents as it is with passenger vehicles. The second most common dangerous driver behavior was inattentive and distracted driving, but intoxicated and fatigued driving was also common among truck drivers.
The data also showed that drivers 25 and younger were involved in 6 percent of fatal accidents with those 66 and older involved in 5 percent of fatal truck accidents.
Truck drivers are under immense pressure to get their cargo from one destination to the next so they often exceed the speed limit to make their deadlines. They often drive when they are exhausted or ill, some spending 11 or more hours on the road to meet the expectations of trucking companies and to make a decent living.
Drowsy driving is an increasing problem for truck drivers, but new federal regulations have gone into effect to combat this problem. Drivers are now required to take longer rest periods and have more days off in week. Although truckers are critical of these new regulations, they will make the roads safer for all motorists and other truck drivers.
Some truck accidents are unavoidable and not caused by the negligence of a truck driver, but when they are caused by a negligent truck driver or mechanical failures, an Oswego Lake truck accident attorney can be by your side during this trying time. Their goal is to see that you to get a fair settlement which covers all of your related expenses so you can focus on healing.
When you have been injured or lost a loved one because of a truck accident you need to contact an Oregon truck accident attorney. Getting legal counsel immediately will make for a stronger case and give the victim assurance they will be justly compensated for their injuries, pain and emotional distress.