The Large Truck Crash Causation Study announced by U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this past spring is now available to the public. LTCCS is the first-ever national study to attempt to determine the critical events and associated factors that contribute to serious large truck crashes allowing the DOT and others to implement effective countermeasures to reduce the occurrence and severity of these crashes.  A few key points are:

  • Severity.  23.1% of large truck collisions involved a fatality, and 28.7% caused an incapacitating injury.
  • Tractor-trailers predominant.  62.2% of large truck collsions involved tractor-trailer combinations.
  • Types of contact:  23.1% of large truck crashes involved rear end collisions, 17.8% invovled trucks off the road or out of lane, and 10.3% involved sideswipe collisions.
  • Types of critical errors attributed to truckers: Of crashes where the trucker was determined at fault, 32.1% were off the road or out of lane, 28.6% lost control (too fast for conditions, etc.), 21.7% involved contact with another motor vehicle in the travel lane, and 10.3% involved turning or crossing an intersection.

It’s a long report. I encourage you to read it.

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.