As many citizens of Louisiana may already know, large trucks can be hazardous to motorists in smaller vehicles. From 2009 to 2007, big rig crashes claimed 35,882 lives. This increase comes even though the number of miles driven by these trucks has decreased.
Louisiana residents who have questions about compensation after a crash involving a truck should remember the different causes of commercial truck accidents. Over the past decade, the number of accidents involving trucks has gone up by roughly 20 percent. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study, a collaboration between the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sought to determine the most common causes of these accidents and discovered that the majority are caused by the driver.
Truckers in Louisiana know that their vehicles are not required to have crash avoidance systems. The choice is entirely up to each individual fleet owner. However, some groups are pushing for mandatory crash avoidance technology on all large commercial trucks as a way to improve safety. According to federal data, there has been a 28 percent increase in large truck fatalities from 2009 to 2016.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, or CVSA, placed almost 12,000 truck and buses out of service in Louisiana and across North America as part of an inspection blitz. The event, known as International Roadcheck, completed a total of 67,502 roadside inspections over a three-day period. During this time, 2,664 drivers and 11,897 vehicles were ordered out of service. Approximately 45,400 of these inspections were Level I inspections, the most thorough type of inspection.
Statistically speaking, truck accidents might not be the greatest threat on the roads around New Orleans. The greater volume of cars makes crashes between smaller vehicles more likely. But when they happen, collisions involving commercial vehicles tend to be more serious. Trucks are bigger and heavier. They also travel at posted speeds or better, making them formidable destructive forces in a crash.