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Posted in Trucking accident on July 24, 2018
Large trucks generally are at least 20 times heavier than a normal passenger vehicle. The extra weight of the truck causes it to require a much longer distance to stop, particularly on wet and slick roadways. Since large trucks have a much higher ground clearance, cars can slide beneath a large truck with deadly results. Although large trucks have underride guards, research has shown that even in low speed collisions, these can fail.
Driver fatigue is one of the main causes of trucking accidents. Under federal regulations, truck drivers are only permitted to drive 11 hours at a time. In 2017, electronic logging devices were required to be installed in tractor trailers to ensure compliance with the federal rule.
3% of truck drivers tested a BAC at or above 0.08 percent where as 29% of passenger vehicle drivers tested for a BAC at or above 0.08 percent in fatal collisions in 2016. Alcohol and drug testing is required for all truck drivers after a collision, as well as on a random basis.
Of all large truck collisions, defective equipment is responsible for 78% of crashes. Trucks with defective equipment are twice as likely to be involved in a wreck. Brake defects are most common and responsible for 56% of large truck collisions. Steering equipment defects followed at 21% of large truck crashes caused by defective equipment.
A collision with a large truck can be caused by a variety of things including road conditions, defective equipment, or drowsy drivers. Usually, they end in disaster and often cause serious and fatal injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a collision with a large truck, call our office today to see how we can help.