Truck accidents in North Carolina tend to cause more fatalities and serious injuries than other types of motor vehicle accidents. Worse is the fact that many of these accidents are preventable in the first place. While a driver can do many things to avoid an accident, the trucker may be at fault for the injury or death in the other vehicle.
FleetOwner.com provides a variety of statistics related to truck accidents. Often, truck crashes happen with the highest frequency on Sundays and Saturdays and during daytime hours between 11 am and 4 pm. “More than 21% of all large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had at least one prior speeding conviction.” That is a staggering number of truckers driving recklessly daily.
A truck driver failing to yield right of way caused more fatal accidents than other causes. With more trucks on the road each year delivering goods across towns, counties and states, the number of accidents has also risen.
The GTG Technology Group lists the five most common accidents involving tractor-trailers. Equipment failure and poor vehicle maintenance can cause serious accidents. This involves worn brake pads, defective components on equipment and poor repairs. In addition, the driver may have improperly loaded the cargo causing an imbalance that causes tip-overs or lost cargo.
Bad weather such as heavy storms and snow account for additional accidents. Driver error though still remains at the top of the list with reckless driving, drunk driving and drowsy driving as the main culprits. When the driver is at fault, the insurance company should pay for the victim’s pain and suffering.