Truck Accident Causes in Northern Virginia
Virginia Trucking Accident Statistics
Truck accidents are not the most common type of motor vehicle accident in Northern Virginia, but they do account for a large share of all the injuries and deaths which occur on the roads of this area of the country. According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), there were 4,384 truck accidents throughout the state in 2011. A total of 3,177 people were injured and 92 were killed in these accidents, figures that account for 5 percent of injuries and 12 percent of traffic deaths, respectively.
The DMV cites the most common causes of semi-truck accidents as being:
- Following too closely or tailgating
- Improper lane change
- Failure to yield the right of way
The state DMV’s information regarding the cause of truck accidents is similar to the information available on trucking accidents throughout the nation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study has demonstrated that the leading cause of truck collisions is veering out of the lane of travel, a cause which accounts for 32 percent of all truck accidents.
The next most common cause is loss of vehicle control, whether it occurs by travelling too fast for conditions, shifting cargo, systems failure or poor road conditions. Loss of control is the cause of 29 percent of truck collisions. The third leading cause of truck crashes , which accounts for 22 percent of the total, is collision with the rear end of another vehicle, a fact which is often attributable to the truck driver having followed too closely behind the leading vehicle.
Whether the truck driver was tailgating, drifted out of the lane or changed lanes without looking, the question remains concerning why this happened. According to the Large Truck Causation Study, brake problems were found to be a factor in 29 percent of accidents. Other factors include over-the-counter drug use (17 percent) and truck driver fatigue (13 percent). Trucking accidents can happen for many reasons, but when the accident was caused by some type of negligent on the part of the driver or the truck company, the accident victims or surviving family members have a right to demand financial compensation.
Truck Accident Claims in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax
Regardless of if the trucker was distracted by texting on a cell phone, was driving drunk, or if the trucking company had not performed adequate inspections and maintenance, you should not be forced to pay the price. Contact us at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. for a free consultation with a Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer who can evaluate your case and determine whether you have grounds to sue for damages. We are prepared to conduct an exhaustive investigation in order to determine the cause of your accident, and we can fight on your behalf to hold the trucker and the trucking company accountable.