One of the duties of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is to address unsafe trends in the commercial trucking industry. While trends in the previous year cannot yet be accurately recorded, the trends in 2016 can. These statistics may help Illinois motorists understand where the biggest traffic dangers lie.
Among the most important findings of the 2016 Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts is that the number of fatal truck accidents in the U.S. went up by 3 percent. While there were 4,317 fatalities in 2016, there were 4,094 deaths related to large trucks in 2015. Of the 2016 fatalities, 772 were large-truck occupants; this number also was up from last year’s 665.
Just over 60 percent of these fatal crashes took place in rural areas while 27 percent happened on interstate highways. The hours between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. proved to be the most dangerous, probably for reasons of poor visibility and heightened drowsiness. Speeding was the number one cause of crashes, followed by distracted or inattentive driving. Roughly 20 percent of passenger vehicle drivers involved had a BAC above the legal limit of .08 percent.
Any number of factors can lead to a truck accident. This is why when a victim files a truck accident claim, they may want legal assistance. Lawyers in the field of personal injury law usually have a network of investigators, medical experts and other professionals who can help prove the defendant’s guilt and show that all the reported injuries stem from the accident. The lawyer can then negotiate for the maximum settlement.