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Trucking fatalities and lesser-recognized factors

As the number of fatal trucking accidents on roadways in New York and other states across the country continues to rise over time, motorists may want to consider a few seldom-discussed factors that may be to blame. While the general public might suppose that all commercial truck operators are aggressive and even dangerous drivers, U.S. Department of Labor data indicates that automobile drivers cause most fatal accidents that involve a large truck.

This finding does not completely exonerate truckers, however. According to one online trucking industry publication, commercial drivers who work a regular Monday through Friday schedule are mentally and physically exhausted before the work week ends. In regard to trucker-related fatalities, fatigued driving may be the reason that Thursday is the deadliest day of the week. With Friday a close second, motorists may do well to suspect that a fatigued, stressed truck driver could easily overlook equipment checks or other important details late in the week and share the roadway with extra caution.

Factors such as time of day and speed limit also contribute to trucker-related fatalities. In 2015, more than half of the related fatalities happened on major roads that have the highest speed limits. With more fatalities also occurring between the hours of 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., motorists might assume that reckless driving behaviors and human error play a large role in trucking accidents and react accordingly.

Although most truckers are well aware that longevity in the industry depends on the employment of safe driving practices, drivers of other vehicles may still find themselves seriously injured in semi truck accidents that weren't their fault. Injured victims thus might want to have legal assistance when seeking compensation for their medical bills and other losses.

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