Drivers of large trucks and other vehicles involved in truck crashes are 10 times more likely to be the cause of the crash than factors such as weather, road conditions, and vehicle performance, according to a new study released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In the state of Kansas, accidents involving heavy trucks during the period from 1995-2005 killed 912 persons and injured 15,845. 18-wheelers accounted for 47,316 accidents over this 10 year period, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Highway Patrol. The risk to occupants of passenger cars in truck and 18-wheeler accidents are very high. Nearly 78 percent of the people killed and 84 percent of the people seriously injured in two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck are the occupants of the passenger vehicle.
Common risk factors that are attributed to large truck accidents include the following:
• Reckless driving
• Drugs and alcohol
• Driver fatigue
• False log books
• Poor maintenance or training
• Mechanical failures
• Violation of Federal Safety Regulations
Edward J. Hund is uniquely qualified to prosecute those responsible for truck accident cases. In addition to having handled these cases for over 30 years, Mr. Hund held a commercial driver’s license for many years. While working his way through college and law school, Mr. Hund was a long distance driver for agents of United Van Lines and Bekins Van Lines.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an 18-wheeler truck accident in the state of Kansas, call Edward J. Hund, an experienced trucking accident lawyer.