Colorado motorists might be surprised to find out that there are many factors that contribute to the rising number of accidents involving big trucks. For example, 70 percent of accidents involving big rigs are actually caused by car drivers. In many of these accidents, whether caused by the car or the truck driver, human error is involved.
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that there are 475,000 accidents involving large trucks each year. As a result of these accidents, there are about 5,000 fatalities and 140,000 injuries. The perception is that truck drivers usually cause these incidents through aggressive driving. According to the data, however, distracted driving and speeding by the other drivers are the main contributing factors in these truck accidents.
In accidents caused by the truck drivers, driver fatigue seems to be a major contributing factor as most accidents occur on Thursdays and Fridays. This is when drivers who work a Monday-to-Friday week are most exhausted. Fatigue can lead to human errors that result in injuries and death. In addition, location and time of the accident is important. A surprisingly high number of incidents involving trucks happen on major roads during the hours of 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. In 2015, 53 percent of fatalities in truck accidents took place on major roads where there is a bigger chance of speeding.
For residents who are involved in truck accidents and become injured, there is the possibility of filing a personal injury claim to seek compensation for losses. If a victim is considering this option, they might seek the assistance of a lawyer who can help with negotiations and gathering evidence.