Have You Been Injured? We're Ready to Fight for You.

2017’s U.S. Truck Casualties Saw a 16% Increase, But Why?

Published on Oct 23, 2018 at 2:03 pm in Trucking Accident.

On October 3, 2018, the Department of Transportation (DOT) reported that roadway fatalities were down two percent in 2017; however, that did not indicate an across-the-board trend because the casualties resulting from truck accident went up significantly.

DOT released the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) numbers but cautioned against thinking the decline pointed to a continuing pattern. This is because the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported large truck occupant fatalities jumped 16 percent from 2016 to 2017 – from 725 to 841 deaths. Approximately 40 percent of those occupants were not wearing seatbelts, despite continued education efforts.

As defined by FARS, a large truck weighs more than 10,000 pounds. This includes non-commercial, intrastate-restrict vehicles that may not fall under FMCSA’s trucking regulations, and commercial, intestate-operated trucks. For trucks between 10,000 to 14,000 pounds, the number involved in fatal crashes doubled from 2016 to 2017. Trucks exceeding 26,000 pounds were involved in 126 more fatal crashes in 2017, which is a 3.8 percent increase from the previous year.

While the FMCSA cannot identify a precise cause of the right, the chief, Ray Martinez, suspects it may have to do with the number of vehicles on the road:

“More vehicles — particularly commercial trucks — are traveling the nation’s roadways,” Martinez said. “For example, USDOT’s Freight Transportation Services Index […] rose 4% in June from May, rising for the second consecutive month, to reach an all-time high. It is somewhat of a corollary that as the economy grows, more vehicle miles will be traveled … and the potential for crashes, injuries does increase.”

Other factors, including driver fatigue, alcohol consumption, distracted driving, and speeding are likely to play a role in the increased number of semi-related deaths. Increased education and trainings for truck drivers and trucking companies could have the potential to decrease the casualty numbers.

If you find yourself to be the victim of a tractor-trailer crash, our Louisville, KY truck accident lawyers are here for you. We will provide you with the representation you deserve, so you can receive the compensation you need to recover from the accident. Contact us for a free review of your claim and more information on your legal rights and options.

 

Meet Your Team

Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

Free Case Evaluation

At Thomas Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys recognize that our potential clients are likely going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We don't want you to have to worry about paying out-of-pocket for legal advice when you're just starting to learn your legal rights and options. That's why we provide free case evaluations. We'll offer our expert advice about your potential case and walk you through how we can help you.

Call us or fill out the form below to tell us about your potential case and a personal injury lawyer will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Legal & Firm News

Car Accident Soreness: What to Expect in the Weeks After a Crash

The moments following a car accident are filled with adrenaline, so much so that even if you’re injured, you may not experience pain. But as your body adjusts and your brain’s chemicals return to their normal state, the pain is likely to start. So even if you seek medical attention and have your injuries treated, […]

Read More

Multi-Vehicle Accidents: Who Pays for Chain Reaction Crashes?

You’re driving down the road on your way to work in heavy traffic. Everything seems standard for your morning commute until you’re sideswiped by a passing vehicle and subsequently rear-ended by the car behind you when you brake. Emergency responders arrive at the scene, and you’re treated for your injuries and told to follow up […]

Read More

5 Questions to Ask During a Free Case Consultation

If you’ve been injured in an accident and are looking to pursue compensation from the at-fault party, you may not know where to turn. Fortunately, personal injury lawyers can help accident victims file a strong claim that proves a monetary award is owed.

Read More