Tractor-trailers on the road are a part of modern life. We rely on these big rigs to transport goods of all kinds all around the nation. Drivers are hard-working and dedicated, and most of them are committed to doing their part to keep roads safe for all drivers.
However, a crash with a tractor-trailer is devastating for victims. The sheer size means that, due to simple physics, people often get seriously hurt if they are in a vehicle that is struck by a truck. Though most truck drivers try to exercise safety, a recent study reveals some troubling crash data. This may especially concern those here in Georgia since the state ranks fourth in the nation for fatal truck accidents. Hopefully, the statistics can provide you with valuable information to keep you and your loved ones safe.
The details of the study
Experts compiled crash data over a span of three years. The data offers insights on why truck accidents happen and the certain patterns that emerge. The findings will hopefully help truck designers and other industry professionals find ways to reduce and even eliminate truck accidents.
Overall, in the 3-year span, almost 11,000 fatal accidents involved a large truck. Over 12,000 people lost their lives in these crashes. The number of large trucks on the road is increasing, as they move almost 70% of the freight in the entire nation. The transported goods in that time period value almost $671 billion. Finally, of all the fatal traffic accidents in 2017 alone, large trucks were involved in 9% of them.
Emerging patterns in fatal truck accidents
The study showed that the most common time for a truck accident is on a weekday. While you might assume that rush hour would be the most likely time of day for a trucking crash, researchers found that 1 p.m. is actually the most common time. As stated earlier, Georgia is fourth in the nation for truck accidents. Most of the crashes across the country happen in more rural areas on interstates or on high-capacity roads through urban areas. Interstate 20 has the fifth highest fatal crash rate.
People in smaller passenger vehicles are the most likely victims in a trucking crash. This comes as no surprise when you consider just how enormous a truck can be compared to a car. Some trucks weigh 20-30 times more than a car. As for why these kinds of crashes happen, the most common reason is a truck driver not giving the right of way to another car. However, there are plenty of other reasons, most of which come down to truck drivers not following the rules for the road.
Where to seek help after an accident
If you or someone you care about has been hurt in a truck accident due to a careless driver, you have rights of which you may not even be aware in order to hold those who are responsible accountable. You or your loved one shouldn’t have to suffer due to someone else’s negligence, so reaching out to an experienced attorney could be the first step toward obtaining the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled.