Maryland motorists may be pleased to hear that the number of commercial trucks involved in fatal accidents dropped by 5 percent in 2014 from the preceding year. However, statistics complied by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that non-fatal injury truck accidents rose by 21 percent. According to the FMCSA, 20 percent of police-reported accidents involving trucks in that year resulted in one or more non-fatal injuries.
In response to the data, the American Trucking Associations has called for speed limiters on trucks carrying heavy loads. The ATA has long advocated for a 65 mph speed limit nationwide, and it has called on the Department of Transportation to create a formal rule limiting maximum truck speeds.
Of the nearly 3,700 truckers involved in fatal accidents, only 5 percent were under the age of 25 and only 6 percent were over the age of 66. Slightly more than a third of all fatal trucking accidents involved at least one driver-related element. This compares to 58 percent of passenger car drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2014
Trucking accidents are caused by a variety of factors, but the ATA’s advocacy for speed reduction speaks to a common cause of fatal crashes. From speed limits that have increased over time to heavy trucks traveling at high speeds, more serious accidents can be the result. Injured victims may face expensive medical care and treatment and in some cases be unable to return to work for a prolonged period of time. When such an accident has been caused by a speeding or otherwise negligent truck driver, an attorney can often be of assistance in seeking compensation from the driver and the carrier for the losses that the victim has incurred.