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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

10 Fast Facts on Large Truck and Bus Accidents

We’ve all been there – traveling down the road next to a large truck or bus and worried about our safety.  As personal injury attorneys located in Henry County, Georgia, south of Atlanta, we know there is good reason to be cautious around these large vehicles.  Due to their size alone, large trucks and buses pose a big safety threat to other vehicles on the road when involved in an accident.   

Here are some facts about large trucks and buses, pulled from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) annual edition of Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts:

  1. The good news is that there has been a recent decline in the number of large trucks and buses involved in fatal crashes (a five percent decrease for the most recent years reported, 2013-2014). 

  2. The vast majority of accidents involving large trucks happened on a weekday (Monday – Friday)

  3. 61 percent of all fatal crashes involving large trucks happened on rural roads, and 26 percent on Interstate highways.

  4. Accidents involving a tractor trailer truck pulling just one trailer accounted for 63 percent of large trucks involving fatal crashes. 

  5. Speeding was the most common driver-related factor that contributed to accidents for both large truck drivers and bus drivers.  

  6. Distraction/Inattention was the second most common driver-related factor, followed by

  7. Impairment (including fatigue, alcohol or illness) for both large truck and bus drivers. 

  8. School buses accounted for 41 percent, transit buses account 33 percent and intercity buses accounted for 13 percent of buses involved in fatal crashes.

  9. Buses that are poorly maintained or lack required safety equipment increase the likelihood of breakdowns and crashes. 

  10. Failure to comply with federal safety regulations, such as not using licensed and qualified commercial drivers or not following guidelines designed to keep fatigues drivers off the road, puts passengers and other motorists as risk.

To avoid personal injury, please exercise caution when driving near large trucks, taking care to avoid the trucker’s blind spots.   And if you or a loved one is planning a trip for a group and is looking into traveling by bus, the FMCSA encourages you to make safety your top priority and “Look Before you Book,” by researching bus operations and reporting safety violations.  You can search by bus company name or DOT operator number. 

If you have been injured in an accident and need help with your claim, contact experienced personal injury law attorney John Webb today via email at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call us at 770-389-4864 for a free consultation. 

 

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