According to the Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Analysis Division, 31 percent of large truck accidents in 2009 were caused by truck driver-related factors including speeding, distracted driving and failing to maintain the proper lane. If you are the victim of a truck accident it is important to have an experienced big rig accident attorney in Clayton County who can get the proper compensation.
According to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), truck blind spot mitigation is one of the most important issues for highway driving. Trucks have several blind spots around and behind their rig and trailer; vehicles in the blind spots may not be visible to a trucker. The blind spots are even more pronounced for trucks that must watch for motorcyclists as their vehicles are narrower than an automobile.
The NTSB report was based on data analysis from five states and used hospital records and police reports. The fatality rate for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists was significantly higher than for those in auto accidents involving big rigs. The fatality rate for motorcyclists was 119.5 for every 1,000 accidents; for auto accidents involving trucks it was 52.5.
The NTSB recommended mandatory crossover convex mirrors to identify vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists in truck blind spots.
If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted truck driver, meet with a truck accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can assist in every stage of the case including obtaining the available evidence.