The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported that in 2015, there were 4,311 deaths in the U.S. attributed to trucking accidents, and another 83,000 people were injured. From 2009 to 2015, the number of deaths increased 26% (https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/).
Accidents involving commercial trucks are more likely to cause injuries and deaths because of their size and weight.
The average passenger car weighs 4,000 lbs while a fully loaded truck may weigh as much as 80,000 lbs. Due to the length and weight of the truck, the stopping distance is much greater. Studies have shown that a truck will need the full length of a football field to stop while traveling 55 mph, while a car can do it in half the distance. If the truck is going 75 mph it takes nearly 1 ½ times the size of a football field to bring the truck to a stop.
One of the greatest reasons for truck accidents is driver fatigue. Truckers are notorious for exceeding the allowable limits of their work day. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets the rules that commercial truck drivers are required to follow. Although truckers may be on duty for 14 hours in a day, they may not drive more than 11 hours in a day. These limitations are needed to help reduce the number of crashes caused by fatigue.
If you have been hurt in a truck accident, it's important to get a team of professionals on your side immediately. Unfortunately, the truck driver may be less than honest about how the accident occurred. We will provide an accident reconstruction specialist who will travel to the scene to record the evidence. It's important that we film the scene, interview witnesses, measure the skid marks, and examine the damage to the vehicle to preserve the truth. We are prepared to preserve evidence to ensure you receive the justice you deserve.
Call us for a free trucking accident case evaluation. (904) 642-4111