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Can we Stop the Giant Killers on our Nation’s Roads?

iStock_000000667345SmallWhen Dan Linder left for work one fateful morning in August 2006, he never imagined it would be the last time he would see his family alive.

Later that day, Linder’s wife, mother-in-law, and two sons were traveling on Interstate 80 to visit relatives when slow-moving traffic stopped them behind a flat-bed truck. An approaching three-axle semitrailer was unable to slow down in time and rear-ended their minivan, crumpling it as it slammed into the back of the flat-bed. The occupants of the minivan and the driver of the semitrailer all died in the ensuing fire.

When a private investigator began to investigate the detais surrounding the Linder tragedy, the uncovered that the truck driver had been given 7 warnings from his company regarding safety violations and that he had already had 3 rear-end accidents. Yet he was still on the road and allowed to drive.

The Giant Killers on Our Roads

Adding to the tragedy of this event, is the fact that accidents like this are more common than most Americans realize. Nearly 4,000 lives are cut short every year, averaging about 11 deaths every day across the nation, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Additionally, 100,000 people are injured in truck accidents every year, and the numbers just keep climbing. Our recovering economy has created the need for an increasing number of goods to be shipped, and has forced trucking companies and drivers to shorten delivery times by increasing their speed and driving time.

Safety and industry experts blame the increasing number of tragedies on a variety of issues including, truck driver fatigue, failure on the parts of trucking companies to screen potential employees, a slow-moving bureaucratic process, and sometimes, absent-minded or overly-anxious passenger car drivers zipping precariously in and out of traffic.

Even though the federal government imposes rules and regulations to govern the trucking industry and prevent fatal trucking accidents from occurring, trucking companies and truck drivers routinely break these laws in search of larger profits. After all, trucking companies and their drivers only make money when the trucks are on the road. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 4.89% of all truck drivers were removed from service for having too many violations. This amounted to more than 171,000 drivers! An astonishing 2,145,733 commercial trucks were also removed from service for having too many violations and being unfit!

Sadly, trucking accidents don’t typically get the media coverage necessary to properly convey the toll they take in terms of human life and well being. More than 100,000 people are hurt each year in truck accidents. Statistically speaking, that’s the same as a commuter jet going down every week of the year, with no survivors.

Why is everyone silent about these giant killers on the road? Is it that multi-billion dollar corporations rely on the trucking industry to transport their goods across the country? Is it that trucking companies are good at covering their tracks and averting the blame? Or is it another factor altogether?

With a trucking-based economy struggling to recover, no one should expect to see government or trucking industry officials rushing to impose any restrictions that might hinder that recovery.

Truck Accident Statistics

From 2009 to 2012, the National Highway Traffic safety Administration reports fatal car accidents declined, as did the number of trucks on the road and the number of miles travelled by trucks annually. Still, some frightening facts emerge:

  • In 2012, there were 104,000 truck accident injuries
  • In 2012, there were 3,921 truck accident fatalities
  • The number of fatal truck crashes increased 18% between 2009 and 2012
  • In 2012 over 10 fatal trucking crashes occur each day and an additional 284 accidents cause horrific injuries.
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fuicelli-lee-buildingIf you have been injured, or have lost a loved one in a Denver trucking accident, you need an experienced Denver truck accident attorney on your side. If a negligent truck driver or company negligently caused your serious injuries, you could be entitled to compensation for your suffering and financial losses.

For a free initial consultation with Fuicelli & Lee, PC, send us an e-mail or call (303) 355-7202. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. It is simply the mission of every Denver trucking accident attorney on the Fuicelli & Lee team to provide the best service possible.

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