Increase in 18-Wheeler Accidents

With approximately more than 2 million 18-wheelers driving along U.S. highways, the number of crashes involving large trucks are on the rise. These “accidents” are usually found to be more than just accidents, usually with one party at fault due to a number of factors including fatigue, distraction, and prescription drug use.

18-wheelers have accounted for nearly 4,000 fatalities in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is the fourth year in a row that large truck fatalities were on the rise.

The top ten most common factors causing these accidents, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) include:

  • fatigue

  • brake problems

  • distractions

  • traffic flow interruptions

  • prescription drug use

  • drunk driving

  • traveling too fast for conditions

  • unfamiliarity with the road

  • over-the-counter drug use

  • inadequate surveillance

Although the driver can be the cause of accidents involving the above factors, he or she is often not the only party at fault. It is important to consider the involvement of the trucking company, the parts manufacturer, the truck manufacturer, the parts supplier, or any third party who may also be at fault.

One of the most important parts in handling any accident involving a large truck is completing a thorough investigation of the accident. Never rely on the findings of the trucking company’s investigation or their insurance company. It is critical that we arrive at the scene as soon as possible to survey the area, locate witnesses, and initiate the research of records.

If you’ve been in an accident involving an 18-wheeler truck, contact Caputo and Mariotti immediately to ensure you’re rights are being protected.

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