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Truck accidents happen: here are some stats

Part of getting through day-to-day life is transportation. For the most part, we all have to get somewhere on a regular basis, and that means sharing the roadways with everyone else who has transportation needs. 

The trucking industry is important. It serves most of us in some way, even if we don't acknowledge it very often. We rely on the goods that commercial trucks deliver to and from North Carolina. But more importantly, we rely on the safe driving of commercial drivers to prevent the tragedy that so often follows truck accidents.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration collects accident data on an annual basis. The information collected helps highlight areas of danger and risk within the commercial driving industry. Trends should serve as lessons to those within the industry regarding how to improve matters in their control and, therefore, help overall traffic safety.

Trucking accident research from 2014 reveals the following trends:

  • More than 60 percent of fatal trucking accidents happened on rural roadways. 
  • More than one-third of all fatal truck accidents happened at night.
  • Almost 90 percent of deadly truck accidents took place on weekdays.
  • Almost one-third of deadly work zone accidents involved a large truck.
  • Hitting another vehicle was the cause of more than 70 percent of deadly truck-related crashes. 
  • The overturn of a truck was the cause of about 5 percent of fatal truck accidents.

A more thorough review of truck accident trends looks at the behavioral roots of dangerous driving among truckers. What is frustrating is that much of the risky driving behaviors that can lead to accidents are essentially due to industry pressure and demands of the job.

A common example of that reality is fatigued drivers who shouldn't be driving but do so to meet deadlines or work goals. Commercial truckers might also cause accidents because they are speeding, even in hazardous weather, to complete their work.

If you believe that you or a loved one is a victim of a driver who prioritized anything other than safety, discuss your case with a personal injury attorney. You might have legal options to try to pursue just compensation for your losses and suffering.

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