Fatal Truck Accidents: 6 Facts You Should Know (Pt. 2)

March 10, 2015

Proceeding from Fatal Truck Accidents: 6 Facts You Should Know (Pt. 1), below, some more crucial findings that related to the incidence of fatal truck accidents in the U.S. will be revealed and discussed.

Fatal Truck Accidents in the U.S.: More Important Findings

3 – For every trucker who dies in a fatal truck accident, there are 6 others who have also been killed in these collisions.

Fatal truck accidents are far more likely to result in the deaths of people outside of trucks, as opposed to truckers. Here’s more important info about fatal truck accidents.

Fatal truck accidents are far more likely to result in the deaths of people outside of trucks, as opposed to truckers. Here’s more important info about fatal truck accidents.

While it may be shocking enough to find out that traffic accidents are the leading cause of on-the-job trucker deaths, what may be more jaw-dropping is this fact: About six times as many people outside of trucks are killed in fatal truck accidents each year, when compared to trucker deaths in these collisions.

The “others” referred to by this statistic include:

  • Pedestrians
  • Motorcyclists and bicyclists
  • Motorists and occupants of smaller passenger vehicles.

When considering the problem of fatal truck accidents in the U.S. from this perspective, it’s clear that:

  • These collisions cause a lot of irreversible damage.
  • The people outside of trucks have far greater risks of dying in fatal truck accidents than the truck drivers themselves.

4 – Driver negligence is a leading cause of fatal truck accidents.

Drivers, including both truckers and motorists of passenger vehicles, are often the ones who cause fatal truck accidents, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that upwards of 90 percent of all traffic accidents in the U.S. are caused by some type of human error, which most often involves the mistakes made by motorists.

In fact, when it comes to the role of driver negligence in fatal truck accidents, just some of the more prominent examples of this negligence include:

  • Drunk driving, which critically impairs motorists’ abilities to perceive evolving driving conditions and properly/promptly respond to them
  • Fatigued driving, which is a notable problem among commercial drivers like truckers and has been found to cause the same types of impairments as alcohol intoxication
  • Aggressive driving, which can be as distracting as it is dangerous
  • Failing to comply with traffic laws, which can occur in various ways and can increase the risk of deadly collisions.

Check out the conclusion to this blog series for some additional important facts about fatal truck accidents in the U.S.

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