For all of the safety improvements that have been made to vehicles over the past few years, truck accidents remain a major safety threat on the road in Georgia and across the country. Here is a look at the trends that drivers in Valdosta should know about.
Truck driving accident statistics
According to researchers, truck accidents have resulted in a large swath of injuries and fatalities over the past few years. Consider the following:
- In 2017, almost 5,000 American drivers and passengers were killed in truck-related accidents.
- Of those accidents, more than 70% of the people killed were drivers or passengers of vehicles other than the truck.
- Only 5% of crashes were because of parts failure, meaning that the vast majority were caused by driver errors.
The most common causes of truck driving accidents include speeding, impaired driving, distracted driving, careless driving and not yielding as required by the rules of the road. All of this may lead to personal injury litigation to get compensation for the survivors of these accidents.
Safety improvements for the future
Thankfully, the continued development of technology will likely lead toward continued safety improvements in the future. This may include automated driving, various automated truck systems, GPS monitors that can track a driver’s driving patterns and speed, and continued development of cameras that can allow drivers to better monitor the road. All of these improvements should help keep both truck operators and other drivers safer.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, you should consider contacting an attorney who is experienced in this area. Doing so will allow you to determine whether you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries or losses.