Our country’s economy is heavily dependent on the ability to transports goods in a safe and efficient manner. Over the past decades, 18-wheelers and other large commercial trucks have been the primary method of transporting goods, but their presence on the road has been a hazard to other motorists. According to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 317,000 accidents involving 18-wheelers and other commercial trucks were reported to local police in 2012. The estimated cost of those accidents is nearly $100 billion.
Truck Accident Fatalities Could Be Prevented
The report also noted that accidents are the leading cause of work-related fatalities for truck drivers, which should come as no surprise given their line of work. However, the report also uncovered just how many of those deaths could be prevented if more truck drivers consistently wore a seat belt. According to the report, more than a third of the truck drivers who died in an accident were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. It is estimated that seat belt use can prevent up to 40% of accident-related deaths.
Other Findings On Seat Belt Use
The report also included responses from a survey of truck drivers taken at truck stops across the country. According to the survey:
- 14% of truck drivers say they never wear a seat belt while driving
- More than 33% have been involved in a serious accidents during their career
- Truck drivers whose home state did not have a law that allowed police to pull over drivers for no other reason than not wearing a seat belt were less likely to buckle up on the road
- Truck drivers who did not wear seat belts were more likely to speed, commit moving violations, or practice other unsafe driving habits
If you have been injured in a truck accident, Arnold & Itkin is here to help. Our team of expert truck accident lawyers can review the facts of your case and launch an investigation into the cause of the accident. If the truck driver or trucking company acted negligently, they could be held responsible for compensating you for your injuries and other damages as a result of the accident.
Contact our truck accident lawyers today for a free review of your case.