Even with the efforts of agencies like the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), truck-related crashes cause thousands of deaths. Statistics shows that about 5,000 people die each year in accidents involving 18-wheelers.
Crashes involving trucks are very destructive due to their weight and strength. Most people who die in these accidents are in passenger vehicles that are not able to withstand the collision. To help prevent severe damages and fatalities, it is important to know the common causes of truck accidents.
Here are some common reasons for truck accidents:
Agencies like the DOT and NHTSA help address 18-wheeler safety with important laws that truckers must follow. But the real challenge is whether truckers and the companies they work for will follow those laws.
Trucking accidents can easily cause crippling injuries or even death. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident with an 18-wheeler, you may be entitled to money damages. For a free case evaluation, contact the experienced trucking accident lawyers at Wright Pichon & Gray.