Every year in North Carolina and across America, 15 million commercial tractor-trailers carry the vast majority of the nation's goods used around the country. It's no surprise given the volume of trucks on the road that trucking accidents are a regular occurrence. Unfortunately, statistics show the frequency of those accidents is increasing.
One study that looked closely at the increase in trucking accidents is the Large Truck Crash Casualty Study (LTCCS). Sponsored jointly by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the study indicated that among other things the majority of all truck accidents resulted from truck driver error.
According to the study, in 120,000 fatal commercial truck accidents over 68,000 of those crashes were found to be caused by the truck driver. 38 percent of those crashes involved truckers following vehicles too closely, speeding, and failing to adjust to the speed of other vehicles. Other major causes included truck drivers falling asleep, losing control of their vehicle, and driving while impaired.
A collision with a commercial truck can be devastating. The enormous mass of a commercial tractor-trailer can lead to serious, sometimes fatal, injuries. An individual injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer may have a claim for damages including medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to help that individual negotiate a settlement with the responsible party or their insurance carrier. If the case doesn't settle, an attorney may be able to file a lawsuit and proceed to collect on the individual's damages through the justice system.