Although the number of commercial truck accidents has decreased significantly over the last ten years, the fact is that there are still many truck accidents that occur each day. In 2010 alone, there were an excess of 3,200 commercial truck crashes that were fatal. This amounts to nine crashes per day that have led to the loss of life.
The United States Department of Transportation recently released a study that looked at statistical data regarding commercial truck accidents between the years 2001 and 2010. The study focused on the causes of these accidents.
The vast majority of head-on collisions were caused when the passenger vehicle crossed the center line. However, the Department of Transportation did not devise a theory as to why the passenger vehicles crossed into the other lane.
Passenger vehicles also accounted for over 75 percent of commercial truck accidents that were rear-end collisions. Passenger vehicles may cause accidents of this nature by driving too close to the commercial truck or by speeding.
Many commercial truck accidents occurred in construction areas or road maintenance areas. These sites were the locations for over 20 percent of all fatal truck accidents.
The United States Department of Transportation also indicates that 60 percent of all fatal car accidents involve commercial trucks. Furthermore, when a passenger vehicle collides with a much larger commercial truck, the likelihood of leaving the accident unscathed is slim. In fact, 91 percent of these accidents result in fatalities and 94 percent result in injuries.
The weight, strength and durability of commercial trucks make them dangerous vehicles if a person is involved in an accident with them. Due to the likelihood of sustaining a serious injury or death if involved in a commercial truck accident, passenger vehicle drivers should exhibit the maximum caution around these large vehicles.
Commercial truck drivers are required to possess several qualifications before they are able to operate a vehicle of this nature. They are also expected to follow strict guidelines requiring the number of hours and miles that they can drive each day, when they must take a break and how heavy a load they can carry.
A Tampa car accident lawyer can assist injury victims in the event that they have been involved in a commercial truck accident.
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