When trucking accidents occur, the victims involved can suffer devastating injuries. And, of course, these types of collisions can oftentimes be fatal.
Understanding the seriousness of trucking accidents in America can help injured victims here in North Carolina to have a better idea of their options if they need to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in the aftermath of such an event.
Trucking accidents in America
According to some recent statistics, in 2020 alone, over 4,000 people died in trucking accidents in America.
The vast majority of the victims who were killed in these collisions that year were those who occupied passenger vehicles – not the large trucks.
That makes sense, because the size difference between large trucks and passenger vehicles does not lend itself to good odds of survival for the occupants of passenger vehicles in these collisions.
The statistics also show that truck driver fatigue is one of many possible causes for trucking accidents.
Professional truck drivers spend many hours and travel many miles on the roads of our country. Some drivers spend hours and hours behind the wheel with no breaks, even though federal regulations are intended to reduce the risks associated with that type of conduct.
Truck drivers aren’t immune to other dangerous conduct, such as distracted driving or driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
We all need to take the danger of trucking accidents seriously. Anyone who has been injured in such an accident will likely need to have the facts of their situation evaluated to see if a personal injury lawsuit is an option.