In Arkansas, large trucks account for a relatively high percentage of fatal accident involvement. Although the trucks accounted for only 4 percent of all registered vehicles and only 9 percent of all miles traveled nationwide in 2012, large trucks accounted for an astonishing 11.5 percent of the year's fatal crashes in Arkansas for the year.
The issue is not confined to Arkansas, but rather is a problem across the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,921 people died in large truck-involved vehicle collisions in 2012, and another 104,000 people suffered serious personal injuries.
In 73 percent of the fatal collisions, the people who died were in vehicles other than the trucks. Truck occupants accounted for 24 percent of those killed, while 3 percent were pedestrians, cyclists or other non-occupants. Trucks were also much more likely to be involved in multiple-vehicle fatal collisions than were passenger vehicles, with 81 percent of the truck-involved fatal accidents involving multiple vehicles.
Serious accidents involving commercial trucks may result from a number of different problems. After working long hours, some truck drivers have poor reaction times due to fatigue. Still others may become distracted while driving, and others may fail to adjust their speed appropriately when rounding curves. A truck driver who is distracted may have a slower reaction time to traffic slowed in front of the truck, causing rear-end collisions. Still other accidents result when the driver has been using drugs or alcohol. When people are seriously injured in truck accidents, they may suffer from long-lasting or even lifelong disabilities as result. When they are left unable to work or to enjoy the same quality of life, coupled with high medical expenses and ongoing treatment needs, they may want to consider filing personal injury lawsuits in order to recover compensation for their losses.
Source: National Center for Statistics and Analysis , "Traffic Safety Facts – Large Trucks", December 28, 2014