A quick look at statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the US Department of Transportation (DOT) are stark and sobering. The April, 2013 report shows that both the number of accidents with injury involving a large truck as well as the number of accidents involving a fatality have risen each year from 2009 to 2011, the latest year for which statistics are currently available.
A report published in 2006 by the NHTSA dissects in great detail the numbers surrounding large trucks involved in accidents, and the evidence showed that “passengers in vehicles other than large trucks are more likely to be seriously injured than are the passengers within the large truck, when these two different vehicle types collide”. According to this study the risk of death for the drivers of other vehicles involved in an accident with a large truck was four times higher than for the driver of the large truck. In other words, if you feel like a sitting duck when near large trucks, the feeling is more than a clever rhyme—it’s justified, especially here in Florida as we rank 3rd in the nation for the number of fatal crashes involving a large truck. Drive to work not tense enough already? Be sure to drive defensively as 80% of fatal accidents involving a large truck occur on weekdays and 72% of those happen between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
We started out by saying these are some sobering facts, but sadly many of the drivers involved were not sober. While only 1% of truckers tested at .08 or higher for blood alcohol levels, 25% of the drivers of the other vehicles (cars, small trucks, or motorcycles) involved in a fatal collision with a large truck were legally intoxicated.
When on the road it’s clearly wise to concede that large trucks clearly have the advantage due to their size and construction. Therefore, your survival depends on being sober, alert, and extra cautious at all times and especially so when around large trucks.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a automobile or truck accident, call the experienced, ethical attorneys at the Ruth Law Team. Call the Ruth Law Team today at 1-888-238-8378.