A trucking accident occurs when a tractor-trailer has a collision with another person, vehicle or thing. Trucking accidents lead to severe damages and sometimes can be fatal. A truck accident lawyer can help you with your claim. These cases are complicated, and without the assistance of a lawyer, you will be taken advantage of by the insurance company.
Trucking accidents occur on average every 16 minutes. A trucking accident can happen because of a various number of reasons, either caused by the driver or the tractor-trailer itself.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2009, the estimated number of fatalities that were caused by large trucking accidents was 3,400. They also expected the number of injuries that were created by large trucking accidents to be around 74,000.
Trucking accidents are commonly caused by driver fatigue, unsafe vehicle operation, hazardous/unstable loads. Between 1992 and 2002 there was a rise in the number of large trucking accidents that were fatal due to these reasons.
Trucking is a booming industry, with the demand for goods continuously increasing, so it will increase the demand for trucking. Although this is good for the economy, this is not always good for other drivers on the road. Not all truck drivers cause accidents, but the ones who do should be punished for the harm that they created.