Accidents involving large commercial trucks account for an inordinate number of serious injuries and fatalities on our roads and highways. Consider this: trucking accidents represent 7 percent of all miles driven in the United States, yet account for 12 percent of traffic fatalities. As you would imagine, drivers and passengers in cars suffer the vast majority of injuries when they collide with large trucks-98 percent of the people killed in such accidents were in the car, not the truck.
Some of the most common causes of accidents involving trucks include:
- Driver fatigue
- Overloaded and/or oversized trucks
- Improper truck maintenance
- Inadequate driver training
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol