Weather Conditions Not a Major Factor in Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are arguably the most devastating type of motor vehicle accident due to the amount of force large trucks wield. In 2012, Missouri ranked 15th in fatalities due to large vehicle accidents. You might think that inclement weather and other environmental elements were the main factor in those crashes, but according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 89% of all large truck accidents occur during clear or overcast days. That tells us that a majority of these accidents are caused by driver error.
Many truck drivers are under a great deal of pressure to get their loads from A to B as quickly as possible. That pressure can lead some drivers to push themselves beyond their limits. Driving fatigued is a leading cause of truck accidents, and there are a number of regulations in place to keep it from happening. For instance, truck drivers are supposed to adhere to the FMCSA hours of service rules, but they don’t allows comply. When they don’t, they put lives at risk.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a big truck accident, give us a call immediately. We know how to deal with the trucking companies to help get you the maximum compensation possible. Don’t go it alone. Call us today.