McIntyre Law recently did a sobering review of statistics associated with driver fatigue and semi-tractor crashes in the United States. According to our study,
Drivers reported in a 2007 study that fatigue, inattention and pressure from work were associated with their semi truck accidents. As 11% of fatal accidents included a large commercial truck in 2008, and 97% of the deaths were car occupants, this is a sobering statistic that truck drivers and the public need to be aware of.
Even more astonishing is the top ten driver reported factors in semi crashes:
1. Brake Problems (29%)
2. Traveling too fast for conditions (23%)
3. Driver unfamiliar with roadway (22%)
4. Roadway problems (20%)
5. Over the counter drug use by semi driver (17%)
6. Inadequate survellience (14%)
7. Fatigue (13%)
8. Work Pressure from carrier (10%)
9. Driver made illegal maneuver (9%)
10. Driver inattention (9%)
These statistics are a sobering reminder of the dangers posed by tractor trailers. As an Oklahoma law firm who represents Oklahomans injured in semi accidents, I cannot implore our readers enough to be wary and cognizant of large trucks on the road. As the holidays approach, be careful and take steps to avoid being a truck crash victim statistic.