Being involved in an accident with a truck can be much more serious than colliding with another car. The fact is that trucks are much bigger and are more likely to hit other drivers at a much higher speed. Understandably, this can make drivers in Illinois and around the nation a little bit nervous about driving next to them. However, trucks are a vital part of the economy, and it’s not likely that they will be removed from the road anytime soon. Thus, it is important to understand the data behind these types of accidents as a way to protect yourself and to defend yourself in the event of an accident.
Large truck data
Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Transportation or (DOT) has focused on collecting data throughout the years involving large truck accidents. Although the numbers might not be surprising for truck drivers or companies, they can be for the everyday non-truck driver. The following includes some of the most surprising statistics involving large trucks:
- 51% of truck accidents involve a civilian car
- 23% of truck accidents contain fatalities
- 63% of trucks accidents occur in urban areas
Factors that lead to truck accidents
Over the past couple of years, a focus on the factors that lead to truck accidents has been heavily studied and legislated within many states. The findings show that one of the most common reasons why truck drivers get into accidents is because of being overworked. Pressure from their supervisors has led to countless accidents occurring from lack of sleep or from speeding.
Truck accidents are often the driver’s fault, but that does not mean the trucking company will admit it freely. This is why it is important to consult with an attorney in order to obtain the proper compensation and justice you deserve.