Although illegal drug and alcohol use are common causes of auto crashes, these two factors only accounted for slightly over 3% of accidents specifically involving trucks.The overwhelming majority of big truck crashes were caused by prescription drug use and speeding. Below are the most common causes of semi-truck accidents:26% caused by prescription drug use; 23% caused by the driver traveling too fast for conditions;17% caused by over-the-counter drug use;13% caused by fatigue3% caused by illegal drug use; 8% caused by abuse of alcohol; other factors contributed to 18% of trucking accidents.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of trucks involved in fatal crashes has actually decreased over the decade between 2003 and 2013, with the number dwindling from 4,721 in 2003 to 3,906 in 2013. That’s more than 10 deaths every day.
However, the 3,906 fatalities in 2013 represent a rise in the number from the previous year, which had 3,825 trucking accident deaths.
Additionally, the number of large trucks involved in property damage increased by 5%, from 253,000 to 265,000.
IA personal injury lawsuit must be filed in accordance with the state’s statute of limitations. In the state of Georgia, the deadline is two years from the time of the accident when filing a personal injury lawsuit, and four years if you wish to file one for property damage.Note that there is a difference between filing a car accident lawsuit and submitting an insurance claim. Insurance companies have their own statute of limitations to adhere by, so you don’t want to delay in pursuing your options.