The study reviewed drugs with a gross weight of 10,000 pounds or more. The goal of the study was to identify the factors that lead to commercial truck accidents. Commercial trucks are responsible for a disproportionate number of fatalities and serious injuries on the road. This study identified the critical events that lead to those accidents.
The study defined critical events as the point of no return, i.e. the incident that made a collision with injuries virtually impossible to stop. The study identified early that all accidents are complex interactions with dozens or hundreds of contributing factors. The researchers tried to cut through the din to clarify the handful of the main factors that result in an accident. Critical events are the last major factor to result in an accident.
There were three identified critical events. The first critical event was running out of the lane into an adjoining lane or off the road. This critical event was responsible for 32 percent of large truck crashes. The second critical event, responsible for 29 percent of crashes, occurred because the driver lost control of his vehicle. The loss of control could be due to a variety of factors including speeding, poor road conditions, cargo shifts, and vehicle malfunctions. Finally, colliding with the rear of another vehicle was responsible for 22 percent of all crashes. In these situations it arose either because the driver was inattentive or the vehicle cut in front of the truck, denying the sufficient driver time to slow down.
If you were injured in a truck accident, you should contact a lawyer for assistance. Trying to recover from a trucking company without assistance is a dangerous choice because the company is going to do everything it can to trick you into settling for too little for your injuries. An attorney can ensure that you receive just compensation for your injuries, sufficient to cover your medical bills and lost wages.