Throughout the past few months, our law firm has frequently written about issues of negligence making truck accidents more frequent and especially dangerous. While it is not only truck drivers who are guilty of negligent acts like distracted driving, driving while fatigued, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and driving for too many hours straight, recent accidents have brought truck safety to the spotlight. Such accidents have made the media and public focus on ways to increase safety in the trucking industry in order to decrease the number of lives lost each year due to negligence.
According to a recent article by the Supply Chain Digest, fatal truck accidents have been on the rise. This is especially important for lawmakers, truck companies, and all citizens to reflect on because truck accidents had been on the decline for over a decade and have now sharply increased. In fact, the national statistics for fatal accidents involving large trucks fell from 4573 in 2000 to 2983 in 2009, which was a decrease of 35%. However, after 2009, fatal truck accident again went on the rise. As of 2012, fatal accidents reported in at 3464, which was a 16% increase from 2009.
The article also breaks down how frequently these accidents occur. For the most part, the number of trucks on our highways has remained constant, despite some recovery from the recession. Even with the same number of trucks on the roads though, the number of fatalities has increased. Fatal accidents per million vehicle miles traveled has jumped from 1.03 in 2009 to 1.29 in 2012. This is approximately 9.4 fatal truck accidents per day in the United States, in addition to the 100,000 individuals that are injured every year in truck accidents.
As of recently distracted driving has been the top of a lot of dialogue in government, media, and definitely in our law firm. According to Distraction.gov, a website of the U.S. government, distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Some examples of this type of negligent driving includes talking on a phone while driving, texting while driving, eating and drinking, driving while tired, looking away from the road to adjust the radio or an mp3 player, and other actions that take the driver’s attention away from the roadway and other cars nearby.
Our attorneys cannot stress enough that distracted driving is negligent and endangers the driver, passengers, and others on the roads. What is most frustrating is that injuries and fatalities caused by distracted are always preventable. When an accident and injuries result from distracted driving, that driver can be held liable through a lawsuit for negligence. A driver has a legal duty to be a safe driver and not be the cause of a collision and injuries to others.
Distracted driving and other road safety issues can affect anyone and therefore they ought to be taken seriously by the entire community. With public education and awareness we can see a decrease in accidents, injuries, and deaths. However, when injuries occur as the result of another driver’s negligence, victims need to seek the help of lawyers experienced at handling cases similar to theirs. Through a lawsuit, injured plaintiffs can recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering and hold the negligent driver who caused the accident accountable. Our law firm offers free consultations and would be happy to discuss your legal options with you, so call us today.