According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the leading cause of fatal truck accidents is truck driver fatigue, and approximately 98 percent of all deaths resulting from fatal truck accidents involve the occupants of passenger vehicles (rather than the occupants of trucks). While these fatal truck accident statistics are shocking in and of themselves, what’s potentially more jaw-dropping is the fact that, by 2015, the commercial trucking industry is expected to double size, which means that the number of serious and fatal truck accidents is also expected to increase dramatically in the coming years.
Causes of Fatal Truck Accidents
Some of the most common causes of fatal truck accidents include:
- Truck driver negligence: In addition to driver fatigue, other examples of truck driver negligence that can contribute to deadly truck accidents include driver intoxication (due to drinking alcohol or taking drugs), driver distraction and a driver’s failure to obey traffic laws.
- Trucking company negligence: Some ways in which trucking companies can contribute to fatal truck accidents include by failing to properly maintain their trucks, failing to ensure their drivers have the proper drivers’ licenses to driver trucks and failing to abide by federal trucking regulations (regarding drivers’ schedules).
- Vehicle equipment manufacturer negligence: When vehicle equipment manufacturers install cheap, defective or faulty parts in trucks, they can cause or increase the risk that fatal truck accidents will occur.
In the event that any of these factors plays a role in causing a fatal truck accident, victims’ families can hold the negligent party liable by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Although no sum of money can ever truly make up for the loss of a loved one, the compensation victims’ families receive from wrongful death lawsuits can help them to pay for their loved ones’ funeral costs and otherwise provide financial support during such tragic times.
St. Louis Fatal Truck Accident Lawsuits
The St. Louis truck accident and wrongful death lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in traffic accident cases, workers’ compensation cases, wrongful death cases, defective product and dangerous drug cases and various other areas of personal injury litigation. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.
If you lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident and are currently in need of a Missouri or Illinois wrongful death lawyer, we encourage you to email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. We offer free consultations.