Trucks tend to be some of the largest vehicles on the road. For that reason, it is not surprising that accidents involving pickups and other kinds of trucks cause a great deal of property damage, personal injury and losses in productivity. However, a recent study that focused on trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds has documented some facts about truck accidents that are considerably alarming.
The study investigated a sample of Tennessee truck accidents over a period of five years. The authors of the study utilized a variety of factors to arrive at their results. These included the driver and the type of vehicle involved. The investigation reviewed 1,134 accidents. Of those accidents, 101 were single-vehicle crashes, and 1,033 were multi-vehicle crashes.
The study found that trucks cause 4,500 deaths in the United States every year. Trucks account for approximately 8 percent of highway traffic in the country. Nevertheless, trucks are involved in approximately 11 percent of the fatal accidents that take place. The study also found that male truck drivers were more likely to be involved in a deadly crash.
Furthermore, the investigation revealed that the more trucks there happen to be on a given road, the more fatalities that occur. Adding snow into the mix doubles the risk of being involved in a fatal accident. Similarly, if a truck's speed is more than 45 mph, the risk of fatalities is doubled.
Truck accidents claim the lives of Tennessee residents with tragic frequency. Therefore, it is hoped that this new data will assist law enforcement and legislators in developing new laws and regulations that could lessen the threat of fatalities from driving a truck. In the meantime, anyone who is injured in a truck accident caused by another party's negligence is entitled to pursue a personal injury claim (in the case of a fatality, the surviving family may elect to litigate a wrongful death claim), and a successful result could result in vital financial assistance needed to cover medical expenses and other expenses that these accidents typically produce.
Source: trucktrend.com, Trucks Are Significant Cause of Severe Accidents, Says Study, Allyson Harwood, Dec. 9, 2013