Given their size, width, and weight, trucks can cause serious harm. The New York Department of Motor Vehicles found that an average of 11,800 truck accidents occur in a year, 10,742 of which are reported to the police. Of the total crashes, 74 were fatal, 3,760 results in injury, and 8,014 caused property damage. Given this high number, truck drivers and companies have a responsibility to follow safety protocols and procedures. If they fail to do so, not only do they risk their lives, they risk the lives of others. In order to prevent trucks from hurting innocent drivers, it is important to understand what causes such accidents.
Trucks require constant maintenance and pre-trip inspections to ensure that all parts work properly. However, defective designs and faulty manufacturing can cause issues such as tires not working or the reverse-detection warning devices failing. Vehicular factors make up 1,034 of the annual truck accidents (NY DMV). The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMSCA) requires truck companies to perform inspections before a truck goes on a trip to ensure the equipment works as it should. Failure to do so can cause serious injuries.
Driver error is the leading cause of truck accidents. The NY DMV estimates an average of 8,800 accidents occur because of a driver’s mistake. The vehicle operators are responsible for following regulations and safety standards. If the person drives aggressively or distracted, they endanger everyone. In other cases, drivers often surpass hours they are allowed to work to meet deadlines. This is illegal and can have serious consequences.
Environmental factors such as the road and weather impact the safety of drivers. Drivers should take care to accommodate their travels to the weather or surroundings. Because of their size, trucks take longer to brake, can be more difficult to maneuver, and can jackknife. Environmental factors cause an average of 1,958 accidents a year (NY DMV).
At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., we believe everyone has a right to safe roads. If a truck driver or company fails to follow standard or is negligent, they should be responsible for any subsequent consequences. If you were injured in a truck accident caused be negligence or error, you may be able to seek compensation. Call today to schedule a free consultation!