Our Chicago truck accident attorneys recently read a report on TruckingInfo.com detailing the latest published truck data by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Published last month, the “2009 Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts” shows continued improvement in commercial vehicle safety. According to the data, the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes has dropped 31% from 2007 to 2009, with the number of accidents decreasing from 4,633 to 3,215. Furthermore, the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes per 100 million vehicles dropped 26%.
Additional key points from the 2009 Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts included:
– Of the 33,898 individuals killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2009, 10% died in crashes involving a commercial vehicle – In 2009, commercial trucks accounted for 10% of all miles traveled and 4% of registered vehicles. These trucks accounted for 7% of vehicles in fatal crashes, 2% of injury-resulting accidents and 3% only involving property damage – Semi tractor-trailers accounted for 61% of commercial trucks involved in fatal crashes – Of the commercial trucks involved in fatal crashes, 3% were transporting hazardous materials (hazmat)
– Only 2% of truck drivers in fatal accidents were determined legally intoxicated compared to 23% of passenger vehicle drivers.
– Police reports state that of the 82% of truck drivers involved in fatal accidents were wearing their seat belts – compared to 63% for drivers of passenger vehicles.
– Driver-related factors such as speeding or failure to stay in lane accounted for 31% of fatal truck crashes – compared to 62% for passenger vehicles.
In light of these statistics, our Chicago semi truck accident lawyers continue to encourage safe driving habits by drivers of all types of motor vehicles. Despite recent evidence of improved semi truck safety, devastating semi truck accidents transpire each and every day.
Since 1992, our Chicago personal injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti continue to fight for the legal rights of those who have been harmed by the negligent acts of all types of drivers. Semi truck drivers are required to operate their vehicles to an increased level of safety to ensure the safety of surrounding motor vehicles. Often times, failure to maintain the safety of a semi truck results in devastating and life-altering consequences. If you or someone you know has sustained injury in Illinois semi truck accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for damages incurred, in addition to, punishing the wrongdoer for their careless conduct.