TRUCKING ACCIDENTS I CAR ACCIDENT I PERSONAL INJURY – Types of Trucking Accidents
September 18, 2020
Box trucks and other commercial trucks can weigh upwards of 10,000 pounds when not even loaded. It takes time to bring a 10,000 + pound truck to a complete stop and for that reason truck drivers must utilized heightened and extreme care when operating commercial trucks. Truck drivers, including drivers of box trucks are held to a higher standard of care than those drivers operating personal vehicles.
Operating a large commercial truck without heightened care and caution can result in catastrophic injuries and fatal truck crashes. Engaging in defensive driving to avoid truck accidents is a must for all commercial truck drivers. In response to this need Congress passed the commercial motor vehicle safety act, requiring truck drivers to comply with heightened standards of care.
The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Act) was passed by Congress to promote the safe operation of commercial vehicles and to ensure compliance with safety regulations promulgated under the Act. (49 U.S.C. § 31131(a)(1), (3).) … “Every commercial motor vehicle must be operated in accordance with the laws, ordinances, and regulations of the jurisdiction in which it is being operated. However, if a [federal] regulation … imposes a higher standard of care than that [state] law, … the … regulation must be complied with.” (49 C.F.R. § 392.2 (2005).)” Weaver v. Chavez, 133 Cal. App. 4th 1350, 1354, 35 Cal. Rptr. 3d 514, 517 (2005)
Statistical analysis of truck accidents estimates that approximately 5,000 people in passenger vehicles die every year in automotive accidents involving semi-trucks. Additionally, about 700 individuals in semi-trucks die each year in these crashes. Relevant commercial trucking statistics, shedding light on these catastrophic truck crashes and fatal trucking accidents, include the following trucking statistics:
Types of Truck Accidents
Trucks are a primary way goods are shipped and transported in the United States, and there are various types of truck accidents that results in catastrophic injuries and fatalities, such truck accidents including:
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