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commercial truck damaged by fire | Arvada Trucking AccidentsAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,761 people were killed in large commercial trucking accidents in 2017. This represented a 9% increase from 2016. In Colorado, commercial trucks were responsible for 9.2% of the state’s motor vehicle fatalities. Sadly, many of these accidents could’ve been prevented with extra caution and care.

While a trucking accident can occur at anytime and for any reason, there are some more common causes of trucking accidents. In fact, the top 10 causes of trucking accidents include:

    • Truck driver fatigue – while federal regulations have helped, driver fatigue is still responsible for 13% of all trucking accidents
    • Speeding – speeding is the reason for more than 23% of all crashes. The greater the speed, the more devastating the crash.
    • Inexperienced – inexperienced drivers make errors while on the road and in emergency situations. They may not know how to maneuver out of danger or avoid crashes in inclement weather.
    • Drug use – drug use is one of the main causes of crashes with more than 30% of all accidents being caused by illicit, prescription, or OTC medication use.
    • Road rage – truck drivers aren’t immune to experiencing moments of road rage. In fact, documented road rage contributes to more than 7% of all crashes.
    • Failure to check blind spots – trucks have large blind spots and drivers who fail to check these blind spots can cause horrific crashes. In fact, 14% of accidents at least one cause was failure to check blind spots.
    • Illegal driving maneuvers – truckers who are trying to make tight deadlines or who are driving fatigued may engage in illegal maneuvers, such as making a u-turn or failing to use their turn signal.
    • Distracted driving – distractions can be deadly when driving an 80,000 pound commercial truck. Cell phone usage, texting, and other distracted driving behaviors have led to horrific and deadly trucking accidents.
    • Poorly maintained trucks – trucking companies have a responsibility to maintain their trucks properly. Unfortunately, in an attempt to save money, many trucking companies routinely fail to change brake pads, maintain tires, and fill fluids.
    • Alcohol intoxication – driving drunk or buzzed is deadly when you’re behind the wheel of a large big rig or semi-truck. 3% of fatal trucking accidents were caused by truckers with BAC levels of 0.08 or higher.

Contact Our Experienced Arvada Trucking Accident Lawyers

 Hull & Zimmerman P.C.If you or someone you love has been injured in a trucking accident in Arvada, Broomfield, Superior, or anywhere in Northern Colorado, it is important to contact our experienced Arvada trucking accident attorneys today. At Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., our committed trucking accident lawyers are dedicated to the belief that everyone deserves justice. Contact us at (303) 423-1770 or (866) 385-3505.     

Our injury lawyers have extensive experience representing injured trucking accident victims in Broomfield, Arvada, Superior, Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, Brighton, Commerce City, Northglenn, Westminster, Thornton, Longmont, and throughout Colorado.

 

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