According to the findings of a new federal study, traffic accidents are the leading cause of on-the-job fatalities for commercial truck drivers in the United States, killing close to 700 drivers and passengers in 2012 alone. In the report, conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the researchers indicate that not only are commercial truck accidents causing a large number of injuries and deaths throughout the country, but many of the wrecks could have been prevented had the truck drivers been wearing seatbelts, or had stronger safety regulations been in place. If you have been injured in a Texas trucking accident, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal wreck with a commercial truck, consult our knowledgeable attorneys to discuss your legal options.
SEMI-TRUCK ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS
In 2012, there were more than 317,000 accidents involving commercial trucks with a gross weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds, which are the size of trucks driven by more than 2.6 million truckers in the United States. Overall, tractor-trailer accidents account for an alarming 65% of on-the-job deaths for U.S. truck drivers, according to the study, and this number has been on the rise since 2009, despite a dramatic drop in semi-truck accidents in 2009. Even more alarming than the frequency of truck accidents in this country is the fact that, of the 700 drivers and passengers killed in commercial truck accidents in 2012, more than 40% could have been saved had they been wearing seatbelts at the time of the wreck.
TIPS FOR REDUCING THE RISK OF TRUCK ACCIDENTS
Although this study has serious implications for commercial truck drivers, the truckers themselves aren’t the only victims of 18-wheeler wrecks. According to the report, for every driver killed in a trucking accident, six other people were also killed, either in other vehicles or as cyclists or pedestrians. Fortunately, CDC officials say this trend can be reversed and many semi-truck accidents can be avoided if employers take certain precautions, including establishing and enforcing driver safety policies, implementing driver safety programs at the highest levels of leadership, promoting the use of seatbelts in training and safety meetings, and addressing the top factors that contribute to commercial truck accidents, like distracted and drowsy driving.
CONTACT OUR 18-WHEELER ACCIDENT LAWYERS
The scary truth is that, according to the CDC report, one in three truck drivers has been involved in a serious wreck during their career, and at least one in eight drivers has been involved in two or more accidents. In Texas alone, there were 284 fatal accidents involving semi-trucks in 2010, and another 2,339 accidents that resulted in serious injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a trucking accident in Corpus Christi, or elsewhere in Texas, contact our knowledgeable truck accident lawyers at Bandas Law Firm today for legal help. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person or party found at-fault in the accident, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.