Semi-trucks delivering goods from one end of the country to the other are an essential part of commerce in our nation. However, driving a semi-truck takes special care. Those who wish to operate a tractor-trailer in St. Augustine must first obtain a special driver’s license that shows they have taken classes and passed a test indicating that they are qualified to operate these large vehicles. Moreover, government regulations exist that mandate when a truck driver must take rest breaks and for how long.
Unfortunately, too many semi-truck drivers are incentivized financially to make as many deliveries as possible, as quickly as possible. They will not follow the rules of the road or government regulations. This could result in accidents that are sometimes fatal.
According to a report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 4,440 large trucks and buses were involved in deadly collisions in 2016. This is an uptick of 29 percent since 2009. However, it is lower than 2005’s high of 5,231 deadly collisions involving semi-trucks and buses. In addition, 119,000 accidents involving large trucks or buses caused injuries in 2016.
As this shows, semi-truck accidents are still a danger many face while on the road with these behemoth vehicles. While it is possible that some of these accidents were not the fault of any party, it is safe to say that others were the fault of the semi-truck driver. Whether the truck driver was speeding, fatigued, distracted or driving aggressively, when a standard automobile is involved in a truck crash, the occupants of the automobile can suffer severe injuries or even death. When this happens, victims of truck accidents may want to determine what they can do to hold the truck driver responsible.