The most recent set of data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is from 2014, and it shows an improving trend when it comes to truck accidents. But as you will see, this trend doesn’t mean that we’ve fixed the truck accident problem, nor does the notion that things are improving mean that a driver won’t pull out his or her cellphone while driving. Truck accidents are still going to happen, and when they do, innocent people can suffer serious injuries or lose their lives.
For example, in 2014 there were 3,978 fatal crashes that involved large trucks or buses. That represents a five percent decline in the accident rate from 2013. In addition, crashes that involved injuries with these vehicles declined from 2004 to 2009 (from 95,000 to 60,000).
These declines in fatal accidents and injury accidents are great — but they obscure the fact that tens of thousands of accidents involving large trucks and buses happen every year. No amount of safety protocols will ever change that. We’re human beings — we make mistakes. And truck drivers are no different.
May it be due to a cellphone distracting a truck driver; or a lack of sleep fatiguing a truck driver; or a truck driver that isn’t obeying the speed limit or failed to ensure his or her cargo was properly loaded; there are still plenty of ways in which a truck accident can occur.
Victims of truck accidents should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to make sure their case is handled properly.