As an experienced Nashville Truck accident lawyer I have handled dozens of cases involving death and serious injuries caused by large commercial trucks many related to truck driver’s health. Anyone who is paying attention realizes that the trucking industry plays a huge role in our nation’s economy. In fact, large trucks are the nations largest transporter of goods. The latest statistics put out by the American Trucking Association in 2012 indicate that commercial trucks carried over nine billion tons of cargo.
Along with this economic importance also comes a responsibility for the industry to do it in a safe manner. Commercial trucks are involved in thousands of accidents with passenger vehicles each year and because of their size, they are often fatal. In 2014 a total of 3660 people were killed in large truck crashes. Of these fatalities 16% were truck occupants, 68% were occupants of cars, vans and SUVs, and 15% were pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. These numbers show an increase in fatalities of 16% between the years 2009 and 2014. The statistics for injuries caused by truck accidents is rather frightening. In the year 2012 over 100,000 people were injured in trucking accidents, a number that breaks down to 275 people per day.
Causes of Trucking Accidents
When we look at the causes we find that drug use is the most common cause of accidents for truckers. These drugs, prescription and illegal drugs, often affect the driver’s time of reaction are the cause of 26% of trucking accidents. Drug related accidents are closely followed by speeding. Acceding the speed limit accounts for 23% of major accidents. Imagine if you will the impact force of an 80,000-pound truck with a passenger vehicle at 65 MPH.
At 22% are drivers who are unfamiliar with the areas they are traveling. Over the counter drugs come in next at 18% followed by driver error in failing to check blind spots. Driver fatigue, once thought by many professionals to be the major cause of truck accidents accounts for 13% of accidents. Distracted driving has many causes, cellphone, texting and CB radio chatter are at the top of the distracted driving list.
New Study On Truck Driver’s Health
A recent (February 2, 2016) article entitled, “Staggering Statistics on Trucker” in Trucker Magazine caught my attention. The article cites a NIOSH (National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health) study of 1,670 long-haul truckers from across the country. The study, published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine provides the first comprehensive look at truck driver’s health and risk factors of long-haul truckers in the United States.
The results are frightening and a wake-up call to everyone who uses the highways and byways of the U.S. According to the article, truck drivers are twice as likely to be overweight, while only 14% of truck drivers are not overweight. Only 8% of truck drivers have regular exercise compared to 49% of the general population, while 54% of truck drivers’ smoke of which 69% are overweight. “An amazing 88% of truck drivers admitted to having at least one risk factor of chronic disease (hypertension, obesity, smoking), compared with 54% of the general working population.”
While sharing the highway with these big rigs other drivers need to keep this information in mind. My main advice is for drivers to stay well clear of commercial trucks, if you need to pass get at it and don’t linger. Make sure the truck driver sees you and familiarize yourself with blind spots and make every attempt to avoid them. The issue of distracted driving is relevant to passenger vehicle drivers. Don’t text and drive, don’t get distracted by using your cell phone or by a conversation with passengers and last, but not least, don’t drive impaired and avoid road ragers’ whether in cars or trucks.
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