Hundreds of thousands of truck accidents occur every year in the United States. Most of these accidents are caused by driver error, either by the truck driver or the driver of the passenger car. Driver error can include many things, including:
- being under the influence of drugs (prescription or illegal) or alcohol;
- improper loading of cargo;
- reckless driving; and
- poor judgment.
A study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shows that there are three main instances of truck driver error that can cause serious accidents:
- The truck driver lost control.
- The truck ran into another vehicle in its lane.
- The truck drifted out of its lane.
These instances were broken down even further by vehicle, driver, and environment. The overall findings of the study showed that drivers’ decisions accounted for 38% of truck accidents, while distractions caused 28% of them. The study also focused on the main ways in which these accidents can be avoided, including reducing the hours of service for truck drivers, monitoring working conditions, and reducing distractions.
If you were the victim of a truck accident caused by driver error, you need legal help from a skilled personal injury lawyer. Rated one of the top trial lawyers in Georgia, Atlanta truck accident attorney Jason R. Schultz has the experience to win your case. Contact him today at (404) 474-0804.