Commercial Trucking Accidents

Statistics show that semi-truck drivers generally are more careful on the highway than automobile drivers. Big rig truck crashes still accounted for 4,995 deaths and 106,000 injuries in 2006 (according to the U.S. Department of Transportation). These accidents are often not the fault of the semi-truck operator and may be the result of unforeseen road hazards or the negligence of other drivers.

Truck accidents can be made worse by the load the truck is carrying. For example, if hazardous or flammable materials (such as gasoline or industrial waste) are on board a semi-truck that is involved in an accident, secondary injuries from that dangerous cargo may occur.

Also, commercial trucks are sometimes loaded improperly or are not sufficiently inspected before the driver starts their route. Mechanical failures during operation can lead to loss of control over what is often a 40-ton vehicle.
 Also, inadequately loaded freight can fall from the truck and harm unsuspecting drivers.

Size and weight of these large
 commercial vehicles enhance the danger of death and severe bodily harm to
 anyone involved in a semi-truck accident (including the truck driver). Commercial
 vehicle accidents often end in traumatic brain injuries, broken appendages and 
bone fractures, severe injury to the neck and back, and neurological impairment.


Top 10 Truck Accident Factors:

- Brake problems

- Traffic flow interruption (congestion, previous crash)

- Prescription drug use

- Traveling too fast for conditions

- Unfamiliarity with the roadway

- Road conditions

- Sudden Stops

- Over-the-counter drug use


If you or a loved one have been injured in a commercial trucking accident, contact The Davis Law Firm today.