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The real cost of fatal truck accident incidents

As people make their daily commutes across urban metropolises like Los Angeles, California, they may notice that they are sharing the road with more commercial trucks than ever before. And while motorists might comment and/or be annoyed over the increase in traffic, some are looking at the bigger picture and raising concerns over fatal accident rates involving commercial trucks.

The trucking industry is currently experiencing a huge growth spurt, as the amount of freight transported by truck across the country is expected to increase by close to 25 percent over the next 11 years or so. Currently, up to 35,000 truck-driving positions are available nationally, and the American Trucking Associations estimates that the industry could benefit from the addition of 1 million drivers in 10 years alone.

The expansion of the trucking industry comes in a time when fatal truck accident rates are at an all-time high. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration claims that almost 4,000 fatalities are caused every year by truck accidents, and more than 10 fatal incidents are estimated to occur every day.

Some note that truck accidents are largely underreported by the media and ignored by the public because the demand for quick commerce is simply too great. The turnover rate of truck drivers throughout the industry is incredibly high and some concede that drivers are encouraged to work longer than is technically allowed under the law. Some trucking companies with poor safety and performance records are even known to operate under a different name in order to avoid federal scrutiny.

Unless or until safety standards are improved for the commercial truck industry, serious injury and fatality accidents will continue to occur. That is why accident victims and their families have the right to meet with an attorney and seek the compensation they deserve.

Source: NBC News, “Truck Accidents Surge, But There’s No National Outcry,” Eamon Javers and Jennifer Schlesinger, July 30, 2014

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