Tragically, 2019 saw the largest number of fatalities in trucking accidents on U.S. highways in more than three decades. Kentucky residents are aware that tractor trailers and other large trucks are commonplace on the roads, which greatly increases the risks associated with these massive vehicles. How can the ever-growing number of these large trucking accidents be prevented going forward?
Numbers don’t lie
The number of overall fatalities on America’s roadways decreased by 440 between 2018 and 2019 according to a recent study. However, the number of fatalities in accidents involving large trucks grew by 1% during that same time frame, sadly. A large truck is considered any vehicle that weighs more than 10,000 pounds, including large pickup trucks.
Can it be prevented?
While truck drivers are not to blame in 100% of the accidents where a fatality occurs, there are certain things that they can do to mitigate the risks associated with their line of work. Distracted driving is considered largely to blame for large truck accidents. Distractions can range from cellphone use to eating while driving, which means that drivers who take part in these actions should stop doing so to lower the risk of an accident.
The other leading cause of trucking accidents is driver fatigue. As most drivers get paid based on how many miles they drive, the temptation to log as many miles as possible is alluring. However, taking frequent breaks and only driving the number of hours allowed by local law is the safest option for both the driver and the other vehicles on the road with them.
Anyone who has been involved in a collision with a large truck may want to contact an attorney who is familiar with the laws surrounding motor vehicle accidents in the state where the wreck took place. This attorney may review the details of the accident, including the police report and witness statements, and work to help their client receive any damages owed.