The good news is that truck driving employment are plentiful across most of the United States, and they are frequently well-paying ones. The bad news is that these vocations are frequently more hazardous than people think. Continue reading to find out why driving a truck is so risky. Please contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you have been injured in a truck accident. We may begin with a free legal consultation so you can learn about your alternatives.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics statistics may surprise you
Many people are surprised to hear how risky driving a large truck can be. Truck drivers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, have greater rates of injury and sickness than nearly any other job. Of fact, they have a significantly higher probability than the typical citizen of dying in a traffic-related accident. Nearly 4,000 people were murdered and another 110,000+ people were injured in major tractor-trailer truck accidents in only one year.
Why are tractor-trailer drivers more prone to be involved in collisions?
Part of the reason truck drivers are more likely to be involved in accidents is that they spend more time on the road than the average individual. When they work full-time, they frequently drive and load/unload stuff for 14 hours straight, day after day. Overexertion like this can lead to weariness, sleepy driving, and other problems that can result in tragic highway collisions.
Trucks are frequently a part of the problem as well. Consider how big they are and how much they weigh in comparison to a typical automobile. They have extensive blind spots because of their size, and they take a long time to stop because of their weight.
Maps, communication devices, and other distractions may cause truckers to drive while distracted. Some motorists are simply unfit to be on the road. While driving their truck, they may pass out, collapse, or experience another significant health issue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been clamping down on drivers who are unsuited for their employment as a result of this.
How much riskier are trucks than cars?
According to the most current report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, trucks are far more likely to be involved in fatal multi-vehicle incidents than fatal single-vehicle accidents. This implies that whereas a car might be involved in an accident and just kill the driver, a truck is more likely to kill many people. These figures are also on the rise: Consider that last year's accident rate was 15% higher than the year before.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, please call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker as soon as possible at 800-333-0000. We may start with a free legal consultation so you can learn about your alternatives. Make a call right now!