Commercial trucking is the main way durable goods, groceries, gas, and mostly everything else we buy gets shipped across the United States. Cargo carrying tractor trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and can stretch 75 feet long; when these massive vehicles are involved in accidents, the results are usually horrific. If the truck’s loaded with hazardous or flammable materials, an accident becomes much worse. U.S. Department of Transportation statistics reveal there are more than 500,000 truck accidents each year in the United States, resulting in an average of 130,000 injuries and 5,000 deaths.
The majority of truck accidents are not the truck driver’s fault; 75% are caused by the negligence of drivers in nearby cars. Commercial truck drivers undergo intense training and must have many hours of experience before obtaining a truck license; when they act negligently, it’s usually due to fatigue and stress, not aggressive driving. Sometimes the drivers of cars assume trucks act like cars—but they can’t react as fast, and they have huge blind spots. Semis can’t maneuver or brake anywhere near as fast or agilely as cars can.
When the truck driver’s at fault in an accident, it’s often revealed he or she has been driving all night without a break, or exceeding the speed limit to make a deadline; trucking companies push drivers very hard. DUIs only account for 1% of fatal truck accidents. Another cause of truck accidents is mechanical failure; a tire blowing out is bad for any vehicle, but for a big rig it can be disastrous. The trucking industry is regulated by federal laws, which regulate the number of hours a truck driver may drive at one time, enforce extensive licensing prerequisites, and require routine inspections.
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