Top Causes Of Truck & Big Rig Accidents (Infographic)
Asheville North Carolina Truck Accidents
In 2016, 4,564 lives were lost in 4,079 crashes involving large trucks or buses in the United States. Fatalities increased 5% from 2015, and fatal crashes increased 6%.
If you have been involved in a North Carolina commercial trucking accident or 18 wheeler big rig truck wreck, contact the Asheville North Carolina truck attorneys at Lakota R. Denton for help with everything related to Asheville truck accident law.
Unfortunately, many truck accidents are caused not by trucks or commercial drivers, but by those driving passenger vehicles.
It’s very common for them to have no idea what the limits are on trucks in terms of visibility, braking, and acceleration. Driving in areas where a trucker driver has either limited or even zero visibility is always dangerous, as is making abrupt lane changes ahead of a truck.
What Are Some of the Top Causes of Truck Accidents?
Big Rig Trucks Are Much Bigger Then Most Other Vehicles
Truck accidents are understandably far more hazardous than typical crashes between just passenger vehicles. The tremendous weight and size of a truck magnify the potential for destruction, injury, and death.
The average passenger vehicle weighs around 2 tons, but a fully-loaded 18-wheeler can weigh 40 times as much.
So, you should easily understand the heightened dangers involved, and unfortunately, it’s primarily the occupants of passenger vehicles that suffer the catastrophe.
Knowing the top causes of truck accidents can either help you be an alert and safe truck driver or a defensive passenger driver in 2019. In either case, it’s up to drivers of all sizes of vehicles to prevent them.
Top Causes of Big Rig 18 Wheeler Truck Accidents
4- Truck Braking Capability
5- Slippery Roads
Big Rig Drivers are Some of the Most Skilled Drivers
For the most part, drivers of big rigs and commercial trucks are patient, experienced, and quite skilled at what they do. Having said that, trucks themselves can be the source of accidents for many reasons.
Driver error can happen, and many passenger drivers immediately assume the truck driver is in error in such cases; however, a number of studies show that 4 times out of 5, if driver error is the issue, it’s the passenger vehicle driver at fault, and not the other way around.
Truck Driver Fatigue & Truck Maintenance Issues
Having said that, widespread fears of driver fatigue among overworked drivers can lead to unrealistic schedules and sometimes truck maintenance gets overlooked, which might not present itself until an accident.
Sometimes, the fate of a truck is sealed before it even hits the road if it’s loaded improperly or has really bad cargo balance. Inclement weather is also always a factor too, as are road conditions.
Truck braking capability can be a factor in truck crashes. Loaded tractor-trailers take 20-40 percent farther than cars to stop, and the discrepancy is greater on wet and slippery roads or with poorly maintained brakes.
Truck Accident Trends 2016
A total of 3,986 people died in large truck crashes in 2016. Seventeen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 66 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 16 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.
No doubt that the people who get seriously hurt or die, are the people who are in the smaller vehicles. The truck drivers a lot of times dont get injured at all.
Truck Accident Deaths up 27 Percent since 2009
The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 27 percent higher in 2016 than in 2009, when it was the lowest it has been since the collection of fatal crash data began in 1975. The number of truck occupants who died was 47 percent higher than in 2009.
Large Truck Fatal Crash Data
At least 39% of large truck occupants killed in crashes were not wearing a seatbelt
Speed was a factor in 17% of truck crashes with at least one large truck occupant fatality
61% of fatal crashes involving a large truck occurred in rural areas
27% of fatal crashes in work zones involved a large truck
6% involved large truck driver distraction as a factor, of which 16% was related to cell phone use