Washington residents have to share the road with commercial trucks, otherwise known as "big rigs". Trucking crashes can often result in serious injury or even fatalities, but many people don't understand the basics about trucks or why they can be such hazards on the road.
FindLaw has a page with frequently asked questions about truck crashes and injuries that can be a help to anyone just starting off looking for information. One of the biggest questions is, what are the common factors that contribute to these crashes? Perhaps surprisingly, the answer is a combination of a truck's "characteristics and performance capabilities" and drivers being unaware of them. These characteristics and capabilities include a truck's rather large blind spot, as well as limits with acceleration or braking.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also examines statistics for large truck crashes. These annual reports take a look at the statistics for injury, property damage, and fatalities among crashes with big rigs. Some of the information there reveals that 84 percent of fatalities occur during weekdays, and that 27 percent of fatal crashes in work zones involve at least one truck. It also shows that there were 12.0 fatal truck crashes per million people in the United States that year, which was a 13 percent jump from the statistics in 2010.
Trucks can be an integral part of our society, but can also cause many people harm. Those who have been involved in severe and dangerous crashes with trucks will likely benefit from seeking compensation for their injuries accordingly.