Commercial Truck Accidents
Large commercial trucks, often referred to as "big rigs", are involved in more than 350,000
accidents in the United States each year, according the National Highway Safety Administration.
Because of the large difference in size - a typical big rig weighs over 10,000 pounds unloaded
and sometimes over 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, while a typical passenger car weighs no
more than 3,500 pounds - the occupants of the passenger vehicle are in far more danger in a
collision between the two. In fact, 83% percent of fatal injuries sustained in such accidents are to
the people in the passenger vehicle and non-occupants.
A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration study of the cause of tractor trailer accidents
found that when the truck was assigned the critical reason (for the crash), in 87% of the cases the
driver's action or inaction is the cause.
Driver fatigue is a frequent cause of errors by big-rig drivers causing accidents. Although the
law limits the number of hours a commercial driver is supposed to be behind the wheel, those
limits are often ignored by drivers under pressure from their employers to meet deadlines. When
representing the victim of a commercial trucking accident, it is crucial that the attorney
thoroughly investigate to determine whether factors under the control of the trucking company
were significant in causing the accident. For instance: If the driver was fatigued, were the policies
of the company a cause of the fatigue? Was the driver and the company in compliance with drive
time regulations? Were preventable mechanical or equipment failures a factor in causing the
accident? Was the driver properly trained and supervised? These are just a few examples of
inquiries that a thorough and experienced attorney should be doing when prosecuting a
commercial trucking accident case.
At Len Tillem and Associates, our experienced team of litigators provide thorough, personal, and
aggressive representation to victims of commercial trucking accidents. Call us today for a free
consultation, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the National Highway Safety Administration website, go to www.nhtsa.gov/. To view
facts and studies regarding large truck and bus accidents published by the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration, go to www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety.