Large commercial trucks transport goods to and from points all across the country. In doing so, drivers of these massive vehicles spend much of their time on rural roads.
Though one might assume that it's crowded urban areas where big rigs and 18-wheelers are at the greatest risk of being involved in an accident, research shows the exact opposite is true.
Not only do most accidents involving large trucks occur in rural areas, but 61 percent of rural road truck crashes result in fatalities, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which regulates interstate trucking in the United States.
Truck accidents on rural roads are caused by various factors, most of which can be divided into two categories: issues with the road or rural location; or issues with truck drivers or their vehicles. Problems with rural areas and roads can include:
- Curvy, two-lane roads with limited visibility
- Lack of shoulders on roads with steep drop-offs on each side
- Posted speed limits may be unsuitable under certain road or weather conditions
- Wild animals, as well as rocks, tree branches, or other debris in the middle of the road
- Potholes and uneven road surfaces
Driver or truck-related issues can include:
- Speeding, including driving too fast for current road or weather conditions
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Brake or steering problems
- Insufficient training
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Inadequate truck maintenance
If you were injured in a truck accident that occurred in a rural area, you might be entitled to compensation. Filing a personal injury claim allows you to seek financial recovery for a wide range of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, and other losses.
An attorney can help you determine who to name as a defendant in your lawsuit—potentially liable parties can include the truck driver, the fleet company they work for, or a manufacturer of a faulty truck part.
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