Auto injury lawyer Whitney BrookesFatal Truck Accidents on the Rise

Nearly every auto injury attorney will tell you that Semi-truck fatality accidents are on the rise. Every week we hear of a case where a semi truck is involved in an accident and the results are horrendous. These trucks are the biggest and longest vehicles on the road, and when they are involved in an accident, the reality of that danger is apparent to everyone. The statistics bear out those facts:

  • Deadly truck accidents have been on the rise since 2009
  • Alarmingly, this is following ten years of truck accident decline
  • In 2012, truck crash fatalities exceeded the number of Americans who died in airline crashes over the past 40 years
  • Truck accident fatalities in 2012 jumped 16 percent over those killed in 2009

The original suspicion is that there are more trucks on the road as an improving economy and highly-competitive industry that puts pressure on drivers. A major contributing factor is that truck drivers are commonly paid by the mile, and do not get paid for overtime or loading. This forces them to drive long hours despite federal safety regulations that are meant to limit time behind the wheel.

Speak to a car accident lawyer in Charlotte, NC

The personal injury lawyers at The Olive Law Firm are ready to assist car accident victims and their families. If you have been hurt in a road rage, or a hit-and-run accident, their legal team will work very hard to ensure that your medical expenses and lost wages will be covered. Please give them a call to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your auto injury.