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Truck accidents common, but lack needed attention

Truck safety is a very important topic nowadays, though it doesn’t always receive the attention it deserves in the media. Truth be told, truck accidents are much more common than many people know. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an average of almost 11 people died every day because of truck accidents, and almost 4,000 die each year.

Injuries from truck accidents are much more frequent, with over 100,000 Americans becoming injured in truck crashes every year. Unfortunately, those numbers haven’t been showing signs of improvement in recent years. What exactly is causing this is hard to say and there is no consensus. Some of the factors at play are: failure to properly screen truck drivers, fatigued driving, and lack of adoption of safety technology.

As with the causes of the high number of truck accidents, there is also little agreement about who is at fault in most crashes. While the trucking industry wants to place the majority of the blame on other drivers or on ineffective safety regulations, plaintiff’s attorneys point to things like unsafe brakes.

What should not be up for debate is the fact that those who are harmed by a negligent trucker have the right to seek recovery in personal injury litigation and to hold the trucker accountable. This is especially the cases when the trucker or his or her employer has a history of skirting safety regulations. In such cases, it is important to work with an experienced attorney to ensure the trucker and his or her employer do not get off the hook.

Source: NBC, “Truck Accidents Surge, But There’s No National Outcry,” Eamon Javers and Jennifer Schlesinger, July 30, 2014. 

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