Truck accidents are a problem that affects our freeways across the valley and country. According to the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), in 2008 alone, there were 4,229 truck accident deaths across the country.
In an effort to understand the causes of semi-truck accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) worked together to complete the Large Truck Causation Study.
Researchers investigated 963 truck accidents during the study, which was a national sample of the 120,000 collisions that occurred from April 2001 through December 2003. The studied truck crashes resulted in 249 deaths and 1,654 injuries.
It was discovered that there were hundreds of factors associated with these truck crashes, but researchers were able to put together a top ten list. According to the study results, the top ten associated factors of truck accidents are as follows:
Some safety advocates have also argued that heavy truck loads, medically unfit drivers and poor training are to blame for numerous trucking accidents each year.
If you have been injured in a Surprise AZ truck accident, you need to contact a Surprise AZ Injury Attorney who will explain your legal options. You may be able to hold the trucker, trucking company and/or manufacturer accountable for their actions and could be entitled to compensation for your serious injuries.
Looking in your rearview mirror and seeing a truck riding your bumper is not a pleasant experience, by any means. Neither is having a truck crowd you on the road or cut you off in traffic.
Truckers are under the gun and they often drive recklessly or even aggressively, to deliver their loads on time. Some trucking companies only pay drivers on the miles that are driven, which puts increased pressure on them to drive as far as they can, in the shortest amount of time possible. These demands can make truckers feel stressed, exhausted and short-tempered.
Any driver, who operates a vehicle aggressively, puts everyone at risk. However, a trucker who is aggressive can be even more dangerous, as the vehicle he or she is driving far outweighs the average passenger car.
Some examples of aggressive driving that can lead to truck accident injury include the following:
If you have been hurt in a Surprise AZ truck crash caused by an aggressive or reckless truck driver, you may be able to recover compensation. Truck accident cases are more complex than those involving only cars and it is, therefore, crucial that you talk with a Surprise Arizona truck accident lawyer who has experience.
The attorneys at Hogle Injury Law in Surprise AZ have a unique advantage when it comes to representing accident victims, as some of our lawyers have formerly defended some of the biggest insurance companies and trucking companies. They understand how the defense will prepare its case.
If you want big firm experience with the attention you only get with a small firm, then you need to call Hogle Injury Law in Surprise AZ at (623) 469-0441
Close your eyes and count to five. Did you know that’s how long the average driver takes their eyes off the road to send or receive a text message? In that amount of time, a driver will usually travel the distance of a football field, including the end zones. Anyone would agree that driving a vehicle unattended for that long is absolutely reckless. Imagine that scenario, but with a semi-truck driver. That seems so dangerous that no one would do it, but it does happen—often, which results in many truck accidents across Surprise AZ and Arizona.
January 26, 2010, the United States Department of Transportation banned truckers from sending or receiving text messages while operating their semis. They recognized the dangers of not paying attention to the road and other drivers while operating their heavy vehicles. The Department of Transportation noted that a truck driven by some who is texting is a lethal weapon. The eye-opening results of a study at Virginia Tech showed that a semi-truck driver who texts while driving is 23 times more likely to get into an accident compared to those who pay attention to the roadway.
Regulations, laws, and rules can be made, but the truth is that all of those restrictions are no good unless the drivers cooperate with the law. Many have seen the results of what happens when a driver’s negligence finally catches up to them. Pictures of wrecked semis strewn about a four-lane freeway on their sides with what used to be a vehicle crumpled next to them are proof of the reality of how dangerous and destructive semis can be when the driver does not pay attention. Many fall victim to those imprudent drivers that care more about a text message than their safety and the safety of other drivers.
If you have been a victim of a truck accident in Surprise, a truck accident attorney will help you recover compensation for your injuries. For answers to your questions, contact a personal injury lawyer at Hogle Injury Law in Surprise AZ at (623) 469-0441
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