In March of 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released their report regarding Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts for 2017.
With respect to fatalities, the Report noted several disturbing trends, a few of which include:
- In 2017, 4,889 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 9-percent increase from 2016. Although the number of large trucks and buses in fatal crashes has increased by 42 percent from its low of 3,432 in 2009, the 2017 number is still 7 percent lower than the 21st-century peak of 5,231 in 2005. From 2016 to 2017, large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles increased by 6.8%, from 0.146 to 0.156.
- There was a 34-percent decrease in the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses between 2005 and 2009, followed by an increase of 40 percent between 2009 and 2017. From 2016 to 2017, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses increased by 8 percent.
- Over the past year, from 2016 to 2017, the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased 10 percent, from 4,251 to 4,657, and the large truck involvement rate (large trucks involved in fatal crashes per 100 million miles traveled by large trucks) increased 6 percent, from 1.48 to 1.56.
- Driver error is the usual cause of truck accidents. Driver errors result from the negligent behavior which can include:
- Fatigue – failing to take federally regulated breaks and driving too many hours per day or week;
- Violations of posted speed limits or speeding in relation to driving conditions;
- Improperly trained drivers – driving a commercial vehicle without being properly trained and licensed; and
- Distracted driving – talking on a cell phone.
Getting into any type of accident is bad enough, but when you are involved in a crash that involves a large truck, bus or other commercial vehicle, the injuries and damages are often devastating. Whatever your injuries, be sure that you are properly compensated.
If you have been involved in an accident involving a semi, 18-wheeler, bus or any other commercial vehicle, you have rights and you need an experienced and aggressive accident law firm to represent your interests following the accident. Contact Holman & Stefanowicz, LLC at 312-258-9700 to discuss your case with an attorney at our firm.
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