Collectively, large trucks—those used for commercial purposes and weighing at least 10,000 pounds—are vital to the health of our economy. However, individual truck accidents may also pose a threat to the health and safety of pedestrians and drivers of other vehicles.
The sheer size of large truck vehicles (since they weigh at least five tons) means that accident damage can be severe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of large trucks involved in fatalities is on the decline; however, in 2018, there were 112,000 non-fatal accidents involving large trucks (up five percent from 2017), and 414,000 large-truck accidents involving property damage—up 14% from the year before.
In an investigation of 963 crashes, researchers examined what factors were likely to cause large truck accidents.
These researchers concluded that vehicle maintenance and performance are common reasons for an accident. Brake problems are involved in 29% of large truck accidents—making them a leading factor in large truck crashes.
Environmental factors are also significant: 20% of accidents involve some problems with the roadway itself.
However, for the lion's share of accidents (87%), the driver was the determining factor. For example, drivers fell asleep, were intoxicated, or were physically impaired. They weren't paying enough attention to the road. They made a poor decision, drove too fast, or misjudged another driver's position. Or they just performed poorly—panicking or losing control of the vehicle.
That's why, when litigating truck accident cases, plaintiff attorneys will get not just the records relating to the accident, but they will also examine the drivers' training and driving records, the truck maintenance records, and much more.
If you've been involved in a truck accident, the first, most urgent thing to do is seek medical evaluation and treatment. After this initial exam, continue to take care of yourself—addressing not just your immediate physical needs but also your long-term care and wellbeing. And that means you should talk to a lawyer.
With a 100% success rate from 2014-2020, Ed Lemmo, Esq. is one of New York's top personal injury trial attorneys. With a very high rating from AVVO, the prestigious attorney rating service, Lemmo is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He serves as trial counsel for many of New York's finest law firms, and his trial verdicts are regularly published in New York Jury Verdict and New York Jury Verdict Reporter. Lemmo represents plaintiffs in all five boroughs and upstate New York in matters ranging from car accidents to medical malpractice.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, call LemmoLaw today for a free consultation.