While tractor trailers are a necessary element of our country’s commerce system, they can pose an extraordinary danger to everyone else on the road. These enormous vehicles can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which gives them little room for error when lumbering past passenger cars that are a mere fraction of their size and weight. Predictably, when there is a wreck involving a truck, the results can be devastating and deadly.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
When you think of the moment and sheer size differential between trucks and everything else on the road, it isn’t hard to understand how these accidents are so deadly. But why do they happen? One common reason is faulty equipment.
Did you know that of the 5,297 miles of roads maintained by the Nevada Department of Transportation, there are zero permanent inspection stations in the state? Instead, inspections may happen when a truck happens upon a temporary inspection site, is pulled over by one of the few commercial enforcement officers across the state, or is stopped by an alert law enforcement officer.
This means that truck companies are largely left to their own devices when it comes to making sure their vehicles pass inspection and are suitable for the road. Sadly, there are companies that are more interested in making money than ensuring that their vehicles are properly inspected and maintained.
Besides faulty equipment, we also have to focus on the person driving these deadly vehicles:
- Reckless drivers trying to meet unrealistic deadlines set by their employers.
- Impaired drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Sleep deprived drivers who drive for longer than the federally mandated limits, thus dramatically increasing the likelihood that they fall asleep or are inattentive.
- Drivers with known medical issues who at risk of seizures or fainting.
- Distracted drivers who simply aren’t paying attention, like truck drivers that text while driving.
- Drivers who have insufficient experience or training to handle their truck.
Fatalities Caused By Large Trucks on the Rise
Having examined some of the reasons behind truck accidents, we’ll look at the terrible results. According to the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation, fatalities caused by large trucks in Nevada have been steadily increasing. In fact, between 2013 and 2017, the number of annual fatalities has increased from 18 deaths in 2013 to 37 deaths in 2017. This increase significantly outpaces the rate at which traffic fatalities has increased overall over that same period of time.
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