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Among vehicle accidents, Truck accident injuries are frequently fatal. Contact Monheit Law if a family member has been involved in a fatal traffic accident. Fatal traffic accidents kill thousands of people each year.
Every year thousands of trucking fatalities occur - people are killed and hundreds of thousands more are injured as the result of truck accidents.
In 2003, 457,000 large trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds were involved in traffic crashes in the United States; 4,669 trucks were involved in fatal traffic accidents.
The costs for fatal traffic accidents exceed $20 billion, including $8.7 billion in productivity losses, $2.5 billion in resource costs, and quality of life losses valued at $13.1 billion. A truck is considered large if its gross vehicle weight rating exceeds 10,000 pounds.
The most common causes for fatal traffic accidents are:
- Lack of training or experience on the part of the truck driver
- Overloaded or oversized trucks
- Poorly maintained truck brakes
- Fatigued or tired driver; driving too long and too many hours without rest
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Truck drivers driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Unsafe safety systems, reflectors, lights, and other warning devices
- Running off the road
- Speeding over the limit or driving at high speeds beyond the road and weather conditions
- Driving in conditions of poor visibility due to fog, snow, rain, or smoke (e.g. Truck rain accident)
- Dangerous or reckless truck driver with a long record of wrecks and fatal traffic accidents
- Aggressive driving behavior
- Failure of truck to install an under-ride protection under-guard.
One out of every nine traffic fatalities involves a trucking accident. Truck driver fatalities are all too common. In 2002, large trucks accounted for 4 percent of all registered vehicles and 8 percent of total vehicle miles traveled. In 2003, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal truck crashes and 4 percent of all vehicles involved in injury and property damage only crashes.
Of the fatalities that resulted from truck accidents involving large trucks, 78 percent were occupants in another vehicle, 8 percent were non-occupants, and only 15 percent were occupants of a large truck. Consequently, the majority who suffers as a result of fatal traffic accidents are insured drivers and passengers just like you. However, truck driver fatalities are also a great concern.
Innocent people suffer the most from truck accidents.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a truck accident injury or fatality, contact an expert truck accident injuries lawyer, for a no obligation, free consultation.