Deadly Truck Wrecks are on the Rise
- August 19, 2014
- Truck Accidents
The world was shocked by news of the fatal truck accident involving Tracy Morgan. While it’s always going to be big news when a celebrity is involved in a serious accident, the fact is, these types of accidents shouldn’t come as a shock. Why? Fatal truck wrecks occur nearly 11 times a day across our country, killing nearly 4,000 people a year.
Factors that Lead to the Increase in Deadly Truck Wrecks
Since 2009, deaths caused by truck wrecks have continued to rise without a public outcry. CNBC recently did an extensive investigative piece on the subject. What they found were numerous factors contributing to the problem.
One interesting factor could be the recovering economy and governmental regulatory agency apprehension at doing anything that can slow growth. The trucking industry is integral to the U.S. economy and there could be some trepidation about making things more difficult on the supply chain.
Other Common Causes of Truck Wrecks
While lax governmental oversight may be an interesting theory, out truck accident attorneys have seen many different cause for accidents over the years. Some common causes of trucking accidents include:
Driver fatigue – One of the leading causes of trucking accidents is driver fatigue. As drivers are pushed to carry more loads in a shorter amount of time, they often don’t get the proper amount of rest. IN fact, it’s been reported that the truck driver in the Tracy Morgan crash had not slept in more than 24 hours.
Insufficient driver training – An increase in the need for drivers has lead to trucking companies putting drivers on the road without the proper training needed.
Overloaded cargo – Another consequence of an increase in trucking traffic is an increase in overloaded cargo. This allows truckers to move more cargo in a shorter amount of time. Unfortunately, this practice is also incredibly dangerous.
Distracted driving – There’s no question that distracted driving is an epidemic in America and truck drivers aren’t immune. An increase in the use of cell phones behind the wheel is yet another cause of truck wrecks.
While these are just a few of the factors that lead to accidents, there are many more. Regardless of the cause, it’s quite clear, the higher the demand for the movement of cargo, the higher the chance of dangerous truck accidents. The simple fact is that trucking companies make more money by moving the most amount of cargo in the shortest amount of time possible. This is the underlying factor behind most accident causes and until there is substantial public outcry and accountability, these types of wrecks will continue to increase.
I was in a Truck Wreck. What should I do?
While we may never be able to fully avoid truck accidents and the 100,000 injuries they cause per year, our firm can help you if you or your loved one are involved in a truck wreck.
Accident attorneys Michael Guajardo and Greg Marks have decades of experience representing trucking victims and can help you get through the catastrophic consequences that follow an accident. Call 972-774-9800 or contact us online for your free consultation. One thing is for certain, the rise in truck accidents will never slow unless we begin holding trucking companies responsible for their actions.