Commerical Truck Accidents and Driver Fatigue - Utah
Large trucks such as 18 wheelers and tractor trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, posing a serious threat to other vehicles on the road. Truck drivers have enormous responsibility of driving cautiously with such a powerful, and potentially lethal, vehicle under their control. Yet almost one in every four fatalities resulting from a multi-vehicle collision involves a large truck. According to SafeRoads.org, one of the most common causes of Utah trucking accidents is truck driver fatigue. Truckers often drive long, consecutive hours without necessary breaks. This leads to reduced reaction time, nodding off, or even falling asleep at the wheel. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates fatigued truck drivers cause 750 deaths and 20,000 injuries every year. Here are some more shocking facts about fatigue and commercial vehicle drivers:
• In 1999, large trucks represented only 3% of the nation’s registered vehicles, but account for 13% of all passenger vehicle deaths.
• Driver fatigue is a factor in almost 40% of all large truck crashes.
• According to recent international research, one in every five truck driving crashes results from drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
• A poll conducted in 2000 found that 68% of Americans would willingly pay more for goods and shipping if it meant that truckers would work no more than 12 hours per day.
For more statistics and information concerning large truck accidents, read the article “Large Truck and Bus Crash Statistics” in the Christensen Law Firm’s online library. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Utah large truck accident, contact the Christensen Law Firm for a free consultation at 801.506.0800. Our Utah injury attorneys are well-versed in commercial trucking laws and will diligently work to ensure you receive the settlement you deserve.