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Understanding factors in a fatal truck crash

Large commercial trucks are seen all over the nation, as millions of them are used each year to transport goods and products. While these vehicles are necessary and beneficial, they also present many risks. Trucks do not maneuver the same way as other automobiles, truck drivers are tasked to travel long distances and federal trucking regulations are often violated in order to make deadlines. These situations often lead to risks that can cause truck crashes.

When a fatal truck accident occurs, data indicates that it is the occupants in passenger vehicles that are most likely to die in these crashes. There are any reasons for this, but the main issue is the vulnerability of those traveling in smaller vehicles. No only does a commercial truck weight 20 to 30 times more than a passenger vehicle, trucks are also much taller with greater ground clearance. This can also cause these smaller vehicles to underride trucks in a crash.

But the massive size and weight of a truck is not the only factor that plays into fatal truck crashes. The breaking capabilities of trucks also play a role. A loaded tractor-trailer truck takes roughly 20 to 40 percent farther to stop when compared to smaller automobiles. This can distance can change when the roads are wet and slippery or the truck is operating with poorly maintained brakes.

One growing factor with regards to fatal truck accidents is truck driver fatigue. Truck drivers are expected to drive long distances. This means driving long hours. Federal trucking regulations set timeframes and limits when it comes to on duty, off duty and brake time; however these regulations are often violated. By working longer hours than permitted by law, truck drivers can get drowsy causing delayed reaction time or even falling asleep at the wheel.

When a fatal truck accident occurs, family members likely have many questions when it comes to the cause of the accident that killed their loved one. By investigating the matter further and filing a wrongful death action, loved ones can help establish cause, liability and even collect compensation for losses and damages suffered.

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