The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has just released their report “Warning! Safety Violations Ahead: Motor Carrier Companies Keep Unsafe Trucks on U.S. Roads” To compile the report, the AAJ studied data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCS). After sifting through the data, they estimate that there are 200,000 trucks on U.S. roads with safety violations.
Commercial trucks are only 4% of all passenger vehicles yet 12% of all motor vehicle accident fatalities involve large trucks. In fact, the 9 million trucks on the road make up only 4% of all passenger vehicles but the accident rate for commercial trucks is 56% higher than for all motor vehicles combined.
Every year more than 4,000 people are killed in accidents with trucks and more 80,000 people are seriously injured. In Washington state in 2007, there were 79 fatalities involving large trucks.
Truck Crash Facts – FMCSA
4,808 Fatalities in Crashes Involving Large Trucks 142,949 Large Trucks Involved in Non-Fatal Crashes 86,245 Injuries in Crashes Involving Large Trucks 2,293 Large Trucks Involved in Hazmat Crashes
Often truck accidents are caused by serious violations of federal safety standards including:
- overloading of trucks
- allowing unqualified or untrained drivers to operate large trucks
- improper maintenance of truck brakes and tires
- excessive speed by truck drivers
- excessive hours at the wheel by truck drivers
Often, trucking companies violate safety standards and cut corners to maximize their profits and the expense of truck drivers and other motorists on the road.
Click here to read the full AAJ report .
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents involving large commercial trucks and the families of those killed.