Speeding Causes Some of the Most Deadly Truck Accidents
Speeding is prevalent in a variety of truck accident cases every year. When you enter the roadways, you expect truck drivers to abide by the rules of the road, just as you do. You expect them to take into consideration that they are navigating the roads in very large vehicles and owe you a higher duty of care than most. But what happens when a truck driver is speeding and ignoring the rules of the road, and you are injured as a result? You may have a case against them. Today we will learn more about how speeding accidents occur in the trucking industry and what we can do for you.
The Prevalence of Speeding in the Trucking Industry
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) believes that crashes are speed-related when a driver has caused an accident and has been charged with a speeding-related offense. Officers are able to determine that racing, driving too fast for weather conditions, or exceeding the speed limit contributes to accidents and should be stopped under any circumstance.
Statistics show us that many people lose their lives every year due to speeding accidents. In fact, in 2012 alone, speeding was the contributing factor in 30% of all crashes that ended in fatalities. The yearly cost to society due to speeding crashes tops at an astounding $40.4 billion. Though speeding accidents have been decreasing over the years (with 13,499 fatalities in 2003 and 10,219 fatalities in 2012), they are still happening too frequently every year. Truck drivers, especially, are supposed to ensure that they drive as safely as possible to prevent fatalities on our roads.
Black Boxes Preventing Deadly Accidents
One of the reasons why we probably see less speeding accidents on our roads today is because large commercial vehicles have been installed with “black boxes,” which are event recorders that record continuously while a truck is moving and pick up electronic data on elements like speed, steering, braking, and more. Black boxes are protected so that, after an accident, the data can be viewed so that you can recover from a trucking company or driver. It is important to have this documentation so that you have the perfect evidence that a truck was speeding and can prove your claim to recover.
Though this data cannot tell every bit of the story, it can piece together most of the evidence so that you can move forward with your case. Your testimony will be taken into consideration as well as the testimony of investigators, hired experts, and the eyewitnesses that were at the scene of the accident as it occurred.
Recovering From Your Accident
After your accident, you have a right to recover. An accident attorney can help you calculate your damages on an accurate level because we know that being in a truck accident is never easy and never comes without loss. You may have ongoing medical bills, future rehabilitation or surgeries, lost wages due to missed work, and more. We want to help you with your case at The Los Angeles Injury Group. Call us soon after you have received medical help to get started on your claim, at 310-954-7248.