Semi Truck accidents are some of the most horrific and deadly incidents on America’s Highways. With much of our interior shipping methods being by means of tractor trailer this puts the American Public at increased risk of ending up in some form of accident with these 18 wheel semi trucks. Take a look at some of these interesting stats that support these thoughts and pose different ideas on how to deal with an accident of this nature.
Truck accidents are much more complex than simply being
car accidents with larger vehicles. Because of trucking laws there are
many factors that must be investigated in relation to semi truck accidents. Because of the size of the trucks, trucking accidents can be catastrophic, and when fatal truck accidents
happen, the fatality occurs more frequently in the other vehicles
involved in the truck accidents, rather than to the truck drivers or to
any passengers in the trucks.
Truck Accident Laws
The US Department of Transportation regulates commercial motor vehicles,
including transport trucks. Federal regulations set out
hours-of-service rules for truck drivers who drive a truck that weighs
more than 10,000 pounds. Under the hours-of-service rules, there is a
14-hour driving limit, under which drivers may not drive more than 14
consecutive hours following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Drivers are
responsible for keeping up-to-date log books that record their hours
a driver drives beyond these hours and his fatigue is deemed a factor
in an accident, the driver, the truck owner/operator and the company
that employed the driver may all be liable for the accident.
In addition to hours-of-service rules, there are laws setting out
inspection, repair and maintenance of trucks, transportation of
hazardous materials, and truck size and weight route designations.
Truck Accident Statistics
to the US Department of Transportation (DOT), in 2008 there were 4,229
fatalities in large-truck crashes. Of those, 3,139 people were occupants
of other vehicles, 677 were occupants in the truck and 413 were not
occupants in any vehicle. In 2007, there were 4,822 fatalities in
large-truck accidents. Of those, 3,608 were in other vehicles, 805 were
occupants in the truck and 409 were not occupants in any vehicle.
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