Light trucks include:Tow trucks Minivans Canopy express Panel Trucks Panel Vans
Medium Trucks Include:Box trucks Vans Cutaway van chassis Platform trucks Flatbed Trucks Fire Trucks Recreational Vehicles (RVs) Delivery Trucks
Heavy trucks includeBallast tractor Cement mixer Crane truck Dump truck Garbage truck Log carrier Refrigerator truck Semi-trailer truck Tanker truck
The Trucking IndustryIn the United States, the trucking industry is, by a wide margin, the largest transporter of goods. Very often we do not think about the journey that our consumer goods take before they reach us. There is a saying that goes, "If you bought it, a truck brought it." Unfortunately the trucking industry suffers from the same drawbacks as it did 50 or 75 years ago, one of them is catastrophic truck accidents. And the trucking industry knows exactly what causes truck accidents. As of yet, they have not created solutions to the same problems that have been plaguing the industry since the inception of the motor vehicle.
What are the frequent causes of trucking negligence, truck accidents, and personal injuries due to trucking accidents?There are several causes of truck accidents that are unique to the trucking industry:
- Stopping Distance of Trucks—large trucks, in particular 18-wheelers, need significantly more room to stop than other vehicles. If truck drivers do not account for this limitation, there is a significant chance of a rear-end collision with another motor vehicle. With a 3,000 lb to 80,000 lb ratio between the average weight of a car and the average weight of a large truck, there is a significant risk of catastrophic injury due to truck accidents.
- No-zones/Blind Spots—trucks have numerous and vast blind spots, also known as no-zones. When a truck does not see a car in its blind spot, a truck can easily cause a serious personal injury in addition to massive property damage.
- Off track—this occurs when a truck turns at too high a speed and the truck breeches into the next lane in an unexpected manner.
- Improperly secured load/incorrectly loaded cargo
- Negligent maintenance improper maintenance
- Overweight load/overloaded—there is a clear incentive to place as large a load as possible on each truck.
- Driver fatigue—one of the major factors leading to truck accidents stems from the impossible schedules truck drivers must adhere to. It is true that federal and state laws have been enacted to limit hours of service, and drivers must maintain a work log to show compliance. However, truck drivers have a huge incentive to drive in excess of their work logs in order to increase their income. It is estimated by the National Transportation Safety Board that driver fatigue is responsible for 20-40% of truck accidents.