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Injuries, fatalities from commercial truck wrecks are increasing

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2024 | Car Accidents |

The increase in injuries and fatalities resulting from commercial truck crashes demands attention and understanding. As these incidents occur more frequently, it becomes increasingly important to recognize the factors contributing to this trend.

By examining the root causes, communities can implement targeted solutions that improve road safety for everyone.

Increased truck traffic

A key factor behind the rising injuries and fatalities in commercial truck crashes is the increased volume of trucks on the road. With the growth of e-commerce and online shopping, there has been a surge in the demand for freight transportation. As a result, there are more trucks on highways and interstates.

Driver fatigue and hours-of-service violations

Another contributing factor is driver fatigue and violations of hours-of-service regulations. Truck drivers often face tight deadlines and pressure to deliver goods quickly, leading to extended hours behind the wheel. This can result in driver fatigue, which can impair judgment and reaction times. It can also increase the risk of accidents.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving is also an issue among commercial truck drivers. With the proliferation of smartphones and in-cab technology, drivers may become distracted by texting, using GPS devices or watching videos while driving. These distractions can pull their attention from the road, making accidents more likely.

Vehicle maintenance issues

Poor vehicle maintenance is another contributing factor to commercial truck crashes. Neglected maintenance can lead to mechanical failures such as tire blowouts or brake malfunctions, increasing the risk of accidents.

According to Freight Waves, fatal truck crashes involving medium and heavy trucks rose 2% between 2021 and 2022. Injuries from these truck crashes increased by 3.7% during that same span. Efforts to reduce truck traffic congestion and enforce hours of service regulations help address the issue. So, too, do those who combat distracted driving and promote regular vehicle maintenance among drivers.

If you’ve been injured in a semi or commercial vehicle wreck, talking to an experienced personal injury attorney is an important step in the recovery process.