Big Truck Accidents Aren’t the Same as Car Accidents.
Commercial trucking crashes typically lead to injuries that are much more severe than those caused by common car wrecks. Cases involving commercial motor vehicles and trucking companies are typically very complex. The truck driver and trucking company may not be the only ones at fault. Other companies that participated in transporting the load may also be liable. If you want the best possible outcome, you must turn every stone.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017, 4,761 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds. That’s a 9 percent increase from 4,369 in 2016. Of the 687 vehicles involved in fatal crashes in 2017 in Arkansas, 84 (12.2%) involved large trucks.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA), in 2016, 4,440 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 2 percent increase from 2015. Since 2009, the number of injury crashes involving large trucks or buses increased 62 percent to 97,000 in 2015. In 2016, there were an estimated 119,000 injury crashes, based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) new Crash Report Sampling System (CRSS) data collection.
We can expect these numbers to continue to grow, particularly in light of our booming economy. As of May 2018, according to the American Trucking Association, about 51,000 more drivers were needed to meet the demand from companies such as Amazon and Walmart that are shipping more goods across the country. Fewer drivers and increased workload make for more fatigued drivers and shortcut-taking with respect to abiding by the law.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident involving a tractor-trailer or commercial motor vehicle, you may be able to pursue a claim to recover damages. Commercial motor vehicles and their drivers must comply with federal and state law, and you need a lawyer like Tim Reed that understands and is well-versed in the complex laws surrounding trucking litigation.