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Watch Out for More Trucks on the Road at the End of the Year

Published in truck accident,Uncategorized on December 9, 2019.

Trucks drive our economy. After all, they deliver the goods that we, as consumers, demand. And demand is never higher than around the holiday season at the end of each year. Commercial trucks are a big part of the traffic we deal with every day, but as we head toward the end of the year, expect to see more of them on the road. With more semi traffic comes more semi accidents. If you’re injured in a semi-truck accident this holiday season, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Macon truck accident attorney on your side.

The Holidays Increase Driving Risks

The trucking industry runs at breakneck speed all year long, but the holidays that are sprinkled throughout the end of the year amp things up even more. From Thanksgiving to Christmas and Hanukkah and on to the New Year, consumer spending rises, and the trucking industry follows suit. Truck drivers face serious stressors in the best of times, and the holidays not only increase these stressors but also make accidents that much more likely. 

Truck Accidents

Any accident involving a commercial truck is dangerous. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shares that semis are about 20 to 30 times heavier than the vehicles we drive, and this size differential alone makes potential accidents more deadly. Tractor-trailers also have far greater ground clearance, which leaves motorists vulnerable to dangerous underride accidents. IIHS shares two important truck-accident statistics gleaned from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) analysis, and they are:

  • In 2017, more than 4,000 people died in commercial truck accidents, and the vast majority were occupants of cars involved (not the occupants of the trucks involved).
  • In 2017, 11 percent of all traffic fatalities involved a commercial truck.

Common Causes

Truck accidents are often caused by truck driver error, but trucking companies also sometimes share the blame. Truckers are professional drivers who are necessarily held to stricter rules and regulations that include Hour of Service requirements. When the holiday season rolls around, however, some trucking companies are willing to violate requirements related to the maximum number of hours a driver can legally spend behind the wheel and push their drivers to exceed them. Truckers who do so are more prone to making dangerous driving errors that result in serious accidents. Truck driver fatigue is a common culprit of trucking accidents, and truckers are never busier than they are at the end of the year when the holidays roll around.   

If You’re Injured in a Truck Accident During the Holiday Season, Consult with an Experienced Macon Truck Accident Attorney

Truck accidents are exceedingly dangerous. If you’ve been injured by a truck driver’s negligence, the experienced truck accident attorneys at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law – proudly serving Macon – are committed to skillfully advocating for your rights and for your rightful compensation.  For more information, please contact us online or call us at (478) 746-1468 today.

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