Noble McIntyre on August 18, 2015
You could be one of the lucky ones who has never been in an Oklahoma trucking accident, but there is a chance that one could affect you at some time in your life. Even if you’ve never driven a truck (or never plan to), an accident can injure anyone – a trucker, another motorist, a family member or friend, or even a pedestrian.
We’ve talked before about what causes an Oklahoma trucking accident, specifically related to oil field injuries because they are so common in Oklahoma. But, there are lots of truckers on the roads in lots of different industries, so it’s important that everyone follow a few tips to stay safe.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (a division of the Federal Department of Transportation) has done research to determine what are the major causes of trucking accidents. According to their 2015 Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics, the numbers of large truck crashes have been steadily increasing in recent years. In 2013, there were 327,000 large truck crashes on U.S. highways. Of those, 3,541 had a fatality and 69,000 involved injuries. Oklahoma was 11th in the nation for the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes in 2013, with 116 fatal crashes. But, it’s not just the truckers who suffer. In 2013, 1,438 passenger car occupants, 16 bus passengers, 338 pedestrians, 78 bicyclists, 23 other non-motorists and 204 motorcyclists were victims of fatal large truck crashes nationwide.
According to the Department of Transportation, the top 10 reasons for truck accidents are:
While trucking accidents are not always the driver or the company’s fault, they are often preventable. Of the top ten reasons above, all appear avoidable except for perhaps blind spots.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for both truck drivers and others to prevent truck accident injuries:
At McIntyre Law, P.C., we’ve seen victims of truck accidents that come in all shapes and sizes. If you’ve been a victim of an Oklahoma trucking accident, or if you have a friend or loved one who has, contact us today for a free consultation. Our experts can work with you on every phase of the process, from accident reconstruction and insurance advice to being compensated for medical and other expenses. We want to help you get what you need to be happy and healthy—even after an accident.