A collision involving a commercial vehicle is one of the most dangerous traffic accidents. The size and weight of a large truck can crush a passenger vehicle causing severe injuries and fatalities for the occupants of the passenger vehicle. In the clear majority of truck accidents, the people injured or killed in the collision are occupants of the other vehicles involved in the accident or non-occupants (i.e. pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.). Sadly, the trucking industry could do more to reduce the risk of accidents involving large trucks.
According to ABC30 News, local truck drivers participated in a rally last week on the steps of City Hall in Fresno to protest enactment of a new truck regulation. The truckers allege that the new law is aimed at keeping tracking driving habits of truck drivers. Under current laws regulating truck drivers, drivers are permitted to log their driving errors manually using a paper logbook. However, under the new laws that become effective in December, truck drivers will be required to use an electronic device that will electronically record the number of hours a truck driver is behind the wheel of a truck. Currently, a truck driver must take a break after driving for eight hours and cannot drive more than 11 hours during their 14-hour work window. Some drivers say the new device will not consider traffic delays and a lack of rest stops when recording data. Drivers allege that they will not always be able to stop when the device tells them to stop. It is feared that use of the device could drive up the cost of delivery and that cost could be passed down to the consumer.
Thousands of people die each year in collisions with commercial trucks. Over eighty percent of the deaths during 2015 involving large trucks were people not in the truck. Of the 4,067 people killed in large truck accidents that year, 2,990 (74%) were occupants of other vehicles and 410 (10%) were non-occupants (i.e. pedestrians and bicyclists). In addition to those killed, approximately 116,000 people were injured in accidents with large trucks. Commercial trucks are essential for transporting goods efficiently across the country. However, sharing the road with these extremely large vehicles can be dangerous. While truck drivers cause many of the accidents involving large trucks, other drivers are responsible for causing some collisions, especially when passing a truck. Therefore, extreme caution must be used when passing a commercial vehicle.
If you do not understand the difference, it could be deadly. Commercial vehicles are essential for transporting goods across the country. Trucks are one of the most efficient and cost-effective means of sending large loads from state to state. However, this requires that we share the roads with these very large vehicles. Sadly, sharing the road with a commercial vehicle can be dangerous. According to the NHTSA, the majority of fatalities and injuries in large truck accidents occur to occupants of other vehicles. During 2015, fatalities in large truck accidents increased by four percent from 2014. Of the 4,067 fatalities in truck accidents, 74 percent of those deaths were occupants of other vehicles. Injuries increased in 2014 by 11 percent with 73 percent of the 116,000 injuries being sustained by occupants of other vehicles. Because we must share the interstates and streets with commercial trucks, it is important to understand the differences to avoid a truck accident. If you are injured in a large truck or commercial truck accident, you need an experienced attorney to fight for your rights. Call 1-800-954-4444 now for a free appointment with a Fresno truck accident lawyer.
Large trucks cause thousands of serious accidents each year in the United States. The NHTSA reports that 116,000 people were injured in large truck accidents during 2015 and 4,067 people were killed that year in truck accidents, an increase of four percent in both categories. Tragically, the occupants of other vehicles sustained the majority of the injuries and deaths. Even though more attention has been given to the dangers of crashes with commercial vehicles, the number of trucks involved in accidents did not decrease during 2015. While thousands of trucks travel our roads each day without incident, it only takes a second for an accident to occur. A commercial vehicle accident can turn your life upside down in a matter of seconds. Permanent disabilities can result in life-altering changes for you and your family. If you are injured in a large truck accident, don’t wait to seek legal advice. The steps you take after a truck accident can impact your ability to settle your case for full compensation. Call 1-800-954-4444 for a free legal consultation.
A local teacher was killed in a commercial truck accident on Highway 99 near Fowler. According to the California Highway Patrol, she was traveling south on Highway 99 when she began to slow down for traffic. Allegedly, the driver of a 2010 Freightliner truck did not see the victim’s vehicle slow down and was unable