Truck accidents are not uncommon and can cause fatal injuries and death. In 2017, fatalities caused by truck accidents reached its highest level in 29 years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you or someone you know has been affected by a truck accident, you may be eligible for compensation.
Truck Accident Epidemic
Fatalities in accidents that involve large trucks, or trucks weighing 10,000 pounds or more, are on the rise. The largest increase in accident fatalities in 2017 involved trucks weighing between 10,000 and 14,000 pounds. Although a lot of technological advances have made accidents avoidable when it comes to cars, trucks are not equipped with the same technology, and the trucking industry has showed no signs of making any changes or advances when it comes to safety features for trucks.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are caused by several factors, such as speeding and distractions. Speed limits have gradually risen over the years, allowing trucks to drive faster than what is safe. Surviving a truck crash above the speed limit of 45 miles an hour is unlikely, yet speed limits throughout the country range between 70 to 80 miles per hour.
The NHTSA reported that between 2009 and 2017, the number of fatal truck crashes in the United States increased by 42 percent. Although this is public information, the NHTSA seemingly has done nothing to change this.
Deaths Due to Large Truck Accidents in 2017
In 2017, it was reported that 72 percent of fatalities in truck accidents were occupants of other vehicles. Eighteen percent of deaths were occupants of large trucks while 10 percent of deaths were pedestrians or bicyclists.
How to Stay Safe While on the Road
Whether you are driving a large truck or sharing the road with a trucker, there are a few things you can do in order to keep yourself safe and others safe on the road:
- Avoid cutting off large trucks: It takes a large truck significantly longer to stop, especially if they are on a highway. It is best to not cut off a large truck, but if you must pass it, make sure that you can see the entire front-end of the truck in your rearview mirror before merging.
- Avoid distractions: Distractions include anything that takes your eyes off the road, such as cellphones, eating, and talking to passengers in your vehicle. Distracted driving can cause a deadly crash.
- Stay out of blind spots: The right side of a truck is the truck’s largest blind spot. You should also avoid driving too close behind a truck’s trailer as well as directly in front of the truck.
- Drive defensively: Always be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to the road while driving. Adapt to inclement weather and practice defensive driving if cars drive too close to your vehicle.
Virginia Beach Truck Accident Lawyers Represent Injured Truck Accident Victims
If you were injured in a truck accident, contact one of our experienced Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers today. At East Coast Trial Lawyers, we pride ourselves in helping all injured truck accident victims. Our knowledgeable lawyers will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us online or call us at 757-352-2237 for a free consultation about your case. Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Chesapeake, Eastern Shores, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk.