The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released the results of a study that researched the causes of commercial truck crashes. The study reviewed crashes from 2001 to 2003 involving trucks that were 10,000 pounds and larger. This post will go over the results of the finding and how you can protect yourself.
The researchers first noted that car accidents are complex incidents. There never is a single discrete factor that gives rise to the accident. All accidents are a combination of factors which, when combined, resulted in the accident. The goal of the study was to identify all factors, the important factors, and the tipping point factors that made the accident inevitable.
The study identified three "critical events" which meant that an accident was inevitable after this event occurred. First, 32 percent of accidents were the result of trucks running out of their lanes, either into an adjacent lane or off the road. Second, 29 percent of accidents were due to loss of control over the commercial truck. The loss of control was due to a variety of reasons, including poor road conditions, speeding, and vehicle system failures. Finally, 22 percent of accidents were due to the truck rear-ending another vehicle.
Were you injured in semi truck crash? Unfortunately, accidents involving commercial vehicles often result in severe or permanent injuries. If you were the victim of an accident, then you may want to contact an attorney to review your right to fair compensation. You should not attempt to negotiate a settlement on your own; a first offer is usually a lowball number (even if it looks like a lot of money). You need to consider your long-term medical needs; this is the only opportunity you have to collect compensation. A lawyer can ensure that you receive just compensation for your injuries.