A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY & GENERAL PRACTICE LAW FIRM
In 2014, CNBC filed a report
on fatal commercial vehicle accidents. At that time, they reported fatal truck accidents
happened almost 11 times each day, killing 4,000 people each year. Additionally, they reported more than 100,000 people are injured each year in truck accidents and bus accidents
Those numbers are increasing. In 2015, the latest year with data available, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported fatal crashes involving large trucks and buses increased by 8 percent between 2014 and 2015. These fatality numbers are tantamount to a commuter jet crashing every week of the year, killing all people on board each time.
Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Experts say there are a variety of reasons for the high rate of injuries and fatalities. The FMCSA documents factors that contribute to fatalities and injuries. In 2015, these factors included:
- Failure to yield;
- Distracted driving;
- Careless driving;
- Over correcting;
- Failure to obey a traffic sign or stop light;
- Obscured vision;
- Improper turns;
- Aggressive driving;
- Road rage;
- Passing with insufficient distance;
- Police pursuit;
- Driver was out of compliance with physical or other restrictions imposed;
- Operating without the required equipment on the vehicle;
- Backing improperly;
- Failure to dim lights or have lights on when required; and
- Operator inexperience.
CNBC took a more global approach in examining the cause of injuries and fatalities and found, in addition to the factors above, companies sometimes inadequately screen for drivers who may have problems and Government resistance to enforcing new safety technologies.
Finally, the FMCSA reports the most common vehicle related factors for truck fatalities involved “other working vehicles” and “tires.”
Recourse for the Injured
A truck accident attorney knows failure to properly maintain a vehicle is a basis for a lawsuit to compensate victims of commercial vehicle accidents, including buses and trucks. When someone is injured, a truck accident attorney, experienced in these types of cases, knows how to obtain maintenance records for the vehicle, driver records, police reports relating to the accident, and records maintained by the company. An experienced accident lawyer will pour over the documents, searching for evidence the company or driver (or both) should be held responsible for injuries or fatalities.
Truck Accident Attorney Serving Bucks Montgomery County & Philadelphia
If you have been injured in a commercial vehicle accident
, or if you have lost a loved one in a bus or truck accident, contact our firm for a free consultation. We can discuss the facts and circumstances of your case, and how we might be able to help you and your family. There is no fee unless we win your case.