The number of deaths in passenger vehicle crashes dropped nationwide last year, but the number of deaths in large truck accidents increased, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Taking a closer look at the numbers has revealed a number of unsettling safety trends to both industry insiders and experienced truck accident attorneys. Causes of the increase in truck accident deaths include truck driver distraction and speeding, two behaviors that are known to cause motor vehicle accidents that can result in catastrophic injuries.
Another factor in fatal truck accidents that has caused an increased risk of death and injury to truck drivers is the fact that, unlike passenger vehicles, semi tractors are not currently held to any crashworthiness standards. While lack of crashworthiness most directly affects those inside the truck, it can also result in harm to those in a vehicle that collides with a truck or others who are sharing the roadway, like pedestrians or motorcyclists.
Reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by truck accidents each year has become a priority for several federal agencies, especially since these numbers have increased even as the number of deaths and serious injuries in passenger vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian and bicyclist accidents have all decreased nationwide in recent years.
Attorney John Page is an aggressive truck accident attorney in St. Louis and can pinpoint the causes of your injuries and hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. For a free and confidential consultation, contact Mr. Page today at (314) 322-8515.