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Common causes of commercial truck accidents

Missouri readers depend on commercial trucks to transport goods in and out of the state. In fact, there are over 15 million commercial trucks operating in the U.S., and they deliver around 70 percent of all food and products used by Americans. However, the downside of this delivery system is that there has been a 20 percent increase in the number of truck accidents over the last decade.

A major study on the causes of truck accidents was conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The study analyzed data from 120,000 fatal truck accidents that occurred over a period of 33 months and found that 56 percent of them were caused by truck driver errors.

The study also identified common truck driver errors that caused fatal crashes. The most common error was poor decision making, which accounted for 38 percent of fatal accidents. Examples of poor decision making include tailgating, speeding and misjudging the speed of other vehicles. The second most common error was distracted driving or inattentiveness, which accounted for 28 percent of fatal accidents. Meanwhile, drivers falling asleep, suffering a medical condition or experiencing another type of nonperformance issue caused 12 percent of deadly crashes, and performance problems like poor directional control, panicking or overcompensating behind the wheel caused 9 percent of fatal accidents.

Victims of truck accidents might find relief by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible truck driver or the driver's trucking company. This type of lawsuit may help the victim obtain compensation for crash-related losses like medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and property damage. Victims may begin the lawsuit process by contacting an attorney who handles truck accident claims.

Source: Benzinga, "Causes Of Commercial Trucking Accidents," Nalini Prasad, Feb. 12, 2018

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