Thursday. When it comes to deadly trucking accidents, it is easy to assume the packed Monday morning rush or the Friday evening dash would have the highest risk. However, in 2015 the nonprofit organization, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, gathered and reviewed information regarding United States truck crashes. According to the statistics, the organization determined that Thursday is the deadliest for truck related deaths.
You may wonder what makes Thursday any more deadly than the rest of the week. While there is no definitive explanation, some speculate that driver fatigue plays a huge roll in this. When a trucker is driving constantly, the working hours accumulate quickly and by Thursday the time spent on the road can catch up, leaving them overly fatigued. Truck drivers who are tired and unable to fully focus on the road are the top cause of catastrophic crashes.
The 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration truck crash report concludes that, 74 percent of individuals who are killed in a trucking accident are individuals in other (passenger) vehicles. The obvious reason for this is due to the weight disparity and size difference between a typical passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer. Additionally, the NHTSA reported that there was a five percent increase from 2014 to 2015 in regard to the people killed in other vehicles on the road.
The most surprising information revealed from these reports was the location of these fatal accidents. A total of 30 percent of the truck accident fatalities occurred on freeways and interstates; however, more than 50 percent of the deaths (53 percent to be exact) happened on another major road. Also, not all the fatal accidents involved a tractor-trailer. Twenty-five percent of the truck crash deaths in 2015 occurred due to a collision with a single-unit truck.
These statistics show how important it is that truck drivers are fully rested to ensure that serious accidents, injuries, and even fatalities do not occur due to driver fatigue.
If you or a loved one are injured in a trucking accident, or you lose a loved one because of one, you should consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Trucking companies have teams of experts who work for them and they begin collecting evidence the day the accident occurs. Retaining an experienced attorney early in the process will ensure that you will not be fighting against the truck company’s experts alone. Call the attorneys at the Law Offices of Brian Timothy Meyers to review your case and help you fight for the compensation you deserve.