In 2018, there were 164,925 accidents involving large trucks reported to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Among those, 80,150 involved injuries, and 4,946 involved fatalities. Sadly, most of these accidents were not truly accidents. They were crashes that resulted from driver negligence of many types. Speeding is one type of negligence that leads to truck accident injuries and fatalities. If you were recently injured or someone you love was killed in a big rig crash, reach out to our compassionate truck accident lawyers. They can review your case and inform you of your options.
Speeding and Truck Accidents: A Dangerous Combination
Truck accidents are inherently more dangerous than other types of vehicle crashes, especially if the accident involved the truck driver speeding. This factor alone drastically increases the chances that a victim of a truck crash will experience catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), paralysis, amputation, fractures, and crushed bones, or even death.
Unfortunately, many truck drivers on the road are pressured by the trucking companies to get their loads to their destinations as fast as possible so that they can move on to the next load. In an attempt to meet these unrealistic expectations, truck drivers may use several tactics, such as not adhering to federal regulations regarding the ratio of hours driving and resting, as well as speeding. When you hire truck accident attorneys to represent you after a truck accident, they can help determine if the driver was speeding or not well-rested.
How Speeding Leads to Truck Wrecks
Speeding can contribute to or be the sole cause of a truck accident for multiple reasons. Tragic crashes occur involving big rigs because speeding:
- Decreases the ability to stop: At higher speeds, trucks need more time, and thus distance, to slow down and stop than smaller vehicles do.
- Has more profound risks in bad weather: If rain, snow, ice, or fog is present, speeding becomes even more dangerous. Truckers who are driving at or under the speed limit can even pose problems during poor weather conditions. They need to adjust their speed based on weather, road, and traffic conditions. Not doing so is negligence.
- With large loads compounds the risks: No matter the type of load the truck driver is hauling, it can shift during the journey and makes it more difficult for drivers to maneuver their trucks safely. Combined with speeding, these loads can cause a rollover or jackknife accident.
- Dangerous around curves: Deadly crashes occur when truck drivers do not slow down when navigating curves in the road.
- Leads to a loss of control: When a truck driver is faced with the need to stop or slow down suddenly, they are more likely to lose control of their vehicle when traveling at higher speeds.
Were You Injured in a Truck Accident by a Speeding Driver? Contact Our Truck Accident Lawyers Today
At Blackburn & Green, our truck accident lawyers are ready to help you if you recently sustained injuries in a truck accident. We know how devastating and costly your injuries can be, and our goal is to maximize the compensation you receive. Schedule your free case review with Blackburn & Green today by using our online contact form or calling 1-800-444-1112.