Big rig trucks play a vital role in our economy. They transport goods and services all across the country. However, many are fearful to share the road with such gigantic vehicles. When encountering a big rig, some try to stay safely behind or make a quick pass of a big rig. Sadly, accidents happen. When they involved a big rig, the results are almost always serious.
Being involved in a big rig accident is unquestionably traumatic. You were likely left with financial strain due to medical bills and property damage costs. You probably have questions about how this came to be. Big rig drivers are supposed to be among the safest drivers on the road. Even still, negligent drivers are everywhere. It may help to know the common causes of big rig accidents. Being familiar with the facts of big rig accidents may also help you make a decision regarding your next move. Be that as it may, you may want to consider consulting with a Palm Spring big rig truck accident attorney to discuss your options on an individual level.
While there are many causes to big rig truck accidents, a recent shortage of commercial vehicle drivers in America is likely causing a rise in said accidents. Currently, there is at least 60,000 too few commercial truck drivers on the road. Such a shortage increases the likelihood of negligent driving behaviors such as driving under the influence, distracted driving, failing to adhere to traffic laws, and driving while exhausted.
There are many statistics that display why big rig truck accidents occur where the truck driver is at fault. Nearly 30 percent of all accidents where truck drivers were at fault were caused by brake problems. Accidents involving brake problems could have been avoided if the companies that owned them performed regular proper maintenance.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released statistics related to accidents where commercial vehicle drivers were at fault. Nearly 20 percent of at fault accidents were caused by truck drivers not knowing the route they were driving. Nearly 10 percent of truck drivers reported that exhaustion caused the accident. 5 percent of the drivers who were at fault in accidents failed to adhere to traffic laws. Anyone of these causes would qualify as negligent driving behaviors.
The facts surrounding big rig truck accidents display the disturbing damage they can cause. In 2017, there were over 3,900 deaths caused by commercial vehicles. Out of the deaths, less than 20 percent were truck driver fatalities. The rest of the deaths were from passengers of other vehicles.
Experiencing a big rig truck accident has likely left you dealing with serious injuries, high medical costs, and a loss of income. While nothing can give you back the time spent injured, your financial strains may be alleviated. It may be time to contact a Palm Springs truck accident attorney to discuss your next move. As Simpson Law Group, our attorneys will fight to obtain compensation on your behalf. For a consultation, click this link or give us a call at 619-236-9696.
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