Most of the essential products that people rely on in Washington state and around the country are delivered by truck. In fact, 70% of all goods in the U.S. get transported in large trucks. While trucking is a vital part of our economy, it creates many hazards on the roads.
Fatal truck accidents are still a big problem
Despite new trucking safety regulations, thousands of fatal truck accidents occur every year in the country. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, around 130,000 people are injured and 4,000 people die in truck accidents each year.
When truck accidents involve multiple vehicles, the occupants of passenger cars usually suffer the most. Sixty-eight percent of the fatalities in truck accidents are passenger vehicle occupants.
Causes of large truck accidents
Large truck accidents can be caused by many different factors including driver error and intoxication. What makes these big rig accidents especially serious is the involvement of a 10,000-pound vehicle. In some cases, truck cargo contains hazardous materials that can make accidents even worse.
Truck drivers must be vigilant about safety due to the risks posed by their vehicles. Many truck accidents are the result of errors made by a truck driver who is fatigued. Truck drivers may become fatigued due to:
- Driving long hours
- Skipping rest breaks
Liability for a truck accident
Because most commercial truck drivers are generally either employees or contractors, there are usually multiple liable parties in truck accidents. If you were injured in a crash involving a large commercial truck, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the trucker and the transportation company that employed them.