The automotive industry is continuously making advancements in motor vehicle safety technology. Rear-view cameras, side airbags, and stronger car frames have all helped save countless lives in car wrecks. Despite these advancements in technology, not all types of crashes are getting safer.
Recent studies have shown that the rate of deaths from crashes involving commercial trucks has increased by more than 30% since 2009. Despite this increase in deaths from these crashes, the causes of these accidents are often preventable.
Common causes of truck crashes
When more people are aware of what can lead to a collision with a semi-truck, it can reduce a crash’s chances. Common causes of truck-related wrecks include:
- Fatigue from driving too long without rest
- Distractions like cell phone use and eating behind the wheel
- Failing to check blind spots before turning or changing lanes
- Speeding to beat delivery schedules
- Truckers with little experience or education in truck driving
- Failing to properly maintain a truck
No matter the cause of a collision, victims can suffer many different injuries in place of wrongful death. If a victim is fortunate to survive the crash, they may also have to struggle with traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, nerve damage, paralysis, and loss of limb.
Treat trucks with caution
It can be easy to assume that you are safe around 18-wheelers, but all it takes is a moment for a reckless driver to cause a crash that leaves a victim with a lifetime of consequences or death. With truck-collision related deaths on the rise, everyone should do their part in treating these vehicles with caution.