At Cueria Law Firm, we offer personal injury services for individuals in the state of Louisiana as well as within the entire United States. One area we often see injuries take place involves truck accidents. The trucking industry is vital to the economy of the US, helping to transports goods throughout the nation. It is not uncommon to see the large trucks on the roadways, be in your local town or along the interstate. The trucking industry must be responsible and ensure their transports are completed in a timely manner, but also in the safest way possible.
Commercial trucks are often involved in accidents each year with smaller vehicles. Due to their size, the larger trucks can lead to fatal accidents, in many cases.
US Statistics for Commercial Truck Accidents
In 2012, just over 3,700 fatal accidents occurred in the US involving commercial trucks as well as buses. Of that number, more than 4,100 people died as a result. That same year, more than 100,000 individuals were subject to a truck accident. In a small percentage of the accidents involving commercial trucks, the driver was found to have alcohol in their bloodstream.
Common Characteristics of Truck Accidents
When an accident occurs involving a large commercial vehicle, there are often common characteristics associated with the incident. In almost 50% of cases involving a large truck and a passenger vehicle, both vehicles were moving straight. In about 10% of cases, the other vehicle was turning when the crash occurred. In another 10%, the truck or another vehicle was driving along a curve when the accident occurred.
Fatal crashes often occur in rural areas in the daytime during the weekdays. During the weekends, statistics show that most crashes occur during the nighttime hours. In 71% of fatalities involving a large truck crash, the occupant of the other vehicle is the individual who dies as a result of the crash.
Trucking companies have a responsibility to ensure their drivers are safe on the roadways. Drivers need to be trained and provided with safety regulations so that they adhere to driving protocols. Drivers must stop to sleep and rest in order to be safe while on the roadways. Many accidents could have been avoided if the driver had stopped to rest instead of continuing a route on little to no sleep.
When an accident takes place with a large truck, the driver or the company that owns the vehicle may be at fault. Trucking companies are not only responsible for the training of drivers, but also the maintenance of the vehicles. When a vehicle is not maintained it can cause an issue that can result in a crash.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident with a large truck and the other person is at fault, you may be owed compensation. Contact our office today to speak to one of our New Orleans personal injury attorneys.
We will review your case and help you file a claim for compensation.