According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over an estimated 100,000 people are injured each year in the United States in accidents involving commercial trucks. In total, more than 300,000 crashes occur annually in the country that involve large trucks.
Among the most common reported causes of these accidents are:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Truck driver fatigue
Texas based truck accident attorney Amy Witherite of the Witherite Law Group law firm says of the latter cause “truck driver fatigue alone causes more than 20,000 accident injuries every year. This is one of many that the trucking industry as a whole could do more to help fix.”
Witherite has also said of the matter in a previous blog “when there is evidence suggesting that this type of problem exists and could be contributing to a mass number of injuries or fatalities each year, you would think that trucking companies and others in the industry would want to take steps to immediately address the problem as opposed to turning a blind eye.”