FMCSA report on causes of truck wrecks
There are approximately 141,000 truck crashes every year in the US, according to a The Federal Motor Carry Safety Administration’s 2006 report. In about 77,000 of these, fault was attributed to the truck driver. According to the FMCA 2006 report, the top 10 causes of truck accidents where the truck driver is a fault:
1. Prescription drug use (26%)
2. Traveling too fast (23%)
3. Unfamiliar with the roadway (22%)
4. Over the counter drug use (18%)
5. Inadequate surveillance 14%)
6. Fatigue (13%)
7. Illegal maneuver (9%)
8. Exterior distraction (9%)
9. Inadequate evasive action (7%)
10. Aggressive driving (7%)
We tend to focus a lot of time and effort on the fatigue issue, but according to the FMCSA report we should focus at least as much effort on uncovering prescription and OTC drug use inconsistent with driving a big rig, speed, unfamiliarity with the road, etc.
The Shigley Law Firm represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a "SuperLawyer" in Atlanta Magazine and one of the "Legal Elite" in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks.