How Prone are Truckers to Causing Accidents?
Despite advances in safety features that aim to reduce the number of car and truck accidents, recent traffic studies indicate the rate of truck accident injuries and fatalities is going up. From 1995 to 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation found that annual truck accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities reached a low point in 2009. Since then, the numbers of such accidents are trending upward.
In 2016, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that 3,986 people lost their lives in large truck accidents, which is 27% higher than in 2009. The Barnes Firm’s best truck accident lawyers say the number of truck occupants who died during truck collisions also increased by 47%.
While on the whole trucks are involved in fewer accidents per 100 million miles driven than other vehicles, the accidents they are involved in often lead to severe injuries and fatalities. Are truck drivers more prone to causing accidents than others?