If you are a truck driver on a United States highway, then you are constantly at danger to a horrific wreck. According to recent statistics, about 65% if all truckers reported sometimes feeling drowsy while they are driving. This is often because truck drivers can be overworked and told to drive for longer amounts of time than they physically can stay conscious. In addition to this, there are times that truck drivers are pushed to cover a certain amount of miles in one day. As a result, the driver may fail to take a rest stop when necessary, or may be that driver will speed to try to make up for any lost time.
Statistics prove that in 2009 there were a greater amount of auto fatalities than there were in 2010, which means that the overall amount of these collisions is decreasing. Unfortunately, for truck accidents the opposite is true. There was a large amount of truck fatalities in the United States in 2010, and was a significant amount in accidents of this nature as compared to the 2009 data. The large cargo loads and the high speeds of the trucks contributed to their accidents and many fatigued drivers are adding to the amount of fatalities ever year. About 48% of all truck drivers admit that they have fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point in the past year.
Interestingly enough, the size of a truck driver may also have something to do with the amount of accidents that that driver facilitates. A study shows that there is a 43% to 55% higher chance that a trucker will be involved in an accident if he or she has a higher BMI. 55% of all truck fatalities happen at night, even though only about 25% of all traffic operates in the dark. This is because many trucks cannot see small cars in front of them on dark roads that are not lighted by any external lamps.
Commercial truck drivers are about seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than other truck drivers, and in total truck accident fatalities cost about $48 billion in damages, injuries, and other costs. About 87% of all of these tragic truck accident fatalities happen because of a driver error, and 10% are because of a vehicle defect. Another 3 % of all accidents are because of an environmental issue such as the weather. If you have been injured or if your loved one died in a truck accident, then you need to seek compensation from the party at fault. Contact a lawyer at Arnold & Itkin immediately if you want more information about this situation!