Any traffic accident can have a catastrophic effect on the lives of its victims. Victims of a traffic accident can suffer from a variety of injuries that will severely impact their lives. However, a truck accident can be much more damaging than an accident involving only cars may be. A truck is a giant vehicle, much bigger than the average car. Its capability of causing damage in a collision is made greater simply by its large size.
In 2015, there were over 4,000 traffic accidents involving trucks. 62 people died as a result of truck accidents that year. The statistics clearly show the damaging impact that a truck can have on other drivers. Of the 62 people who died, only four people who were killed were those who were in the truck. Most of the people who were killed were passengers or drivers of smaller vehicles. Only one-fifth of the people injured in truck accidents were people who were in the trucks.
The disadvantage that those in cars have in the event of a collision with a truck is clear. Most victims will be people who are in a much smaller car. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a truck accident in Minnesota, you may be wondering what the causes of truck accidents are.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
There is not just one reason that truck accidents happen. Every accident is unique, and there are a lot of risks associated with operating trucks. While it is commonly believed that fatigue is one of the main causes, that is far from the truth. Nationwide, there are more than 20,000 more truck accidents that occur due to brake problems than there are from driver fatigue.
Other major causes of truck accidents are speeding, being unfamiliar with the surroundings, over-the-counter drug use, tire problems, following cars too closely, and cargo shifts. There is even a chance that alcohol or illegal drug use can be a cause of a truck accident.
Even if you are using your best judgment while driving on the roads of Minnesota, you cannot guarantee that you will not be the victim of an accident involving a truck. Whether the cause of the accident is in or out of the control of the truck driver, anyone could be unlucky enough to be in the path of a truck accident.
Do Not Continue to Suffer in the Aftermath of a Truck Accident
If you have been injured or a loved one was killed in a truck accident, the effects that it has on your life can be extraordinarily damaging. From a large amount of medical bills to lost wages resulting from an inability to work, an accident can continue to affect your life.
People who were victims of a truck accident may be entitled to compensation. Contact JD Haas and Associates to start working on your case to get the compensation that you deserve following your truck accident.