According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately
438,000 large trucks were involved in reported crashes during 2014 and
they estimate that this number continues to rise, resulting in thousands
of deaths and injuries. Some of the most common causes of
trucking accidents involve driver error, weather conditions, and truck equipment failure,
to name a few. Drug use – prescription, over-the-counter, and illicit
– and drunk driving are particularly common causes of accidents
as they impact the driver’s reaction time, lack of coordination,
vision, and ability to assess surroundings. Speeding is another major
cause of trucking accidents and one that potentially has even deadlier
results due to the force of impact. Other driver related errors include
physical impairment, such as a heart attack or illness, distracted driving,
Truck equipment failure such as brake problems, tire problems, and cargo
shifting are also common causes of these accidents despite regulations
set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which requires
truck drivers and companies to regularly maintain and perform inspections.
Additionally, environment related factors have a place among this list.
Roadway issues, traffic flow interruption, and severe weather conditions
are perhaps not as common as driver errors, but still make up a sizeable
percentage of trucking accidents, especially due to the size of and weight
of trucks, which render them more difficult to control compared to small vehicles.
Missouri accounts for more than 3,000 injuries and hundreds of deaths caused
by trucking accidents. At Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C., our firm has, for
over 40 years, been fighting for justice in a variety of cases, many of
which were truck accidents. In that time, we have secured over $7 billion
in verdicts and settlements for our clients. We particularly specialize
in cases related to drunk driving,
mechanical defect, and
Contact the attorneys at Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. at
(417) 855-2022 for a free case evaluation.
Disclaimer: The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should
not be based solely upon advertisements. Past results afford no guarantee
of future results. Every case is different and must be judged on its own merit.