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Fatal Truck Accidents Hit a 30-Year High
by a Tractor-Trailer Truck Accident Lawsuit Attorney in Mississippi (MS)
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more truck drivers died in crashes in 2018 than at any point in time in the last 30 years. That number demonstrates a one percent rise over 2017 and is the highest number of trucker deaths since 1988. Over the three-year period ending in 2018, deadly truck collisions went up by 5.7 percent. Early estimates from 2019 suggest that the rise in truck crashes is not over. The numbers do not just demonstrate higher trucker deaths, but the number of people killed in crashes with trucks also rose.
The NHTSA reported drops in overall fatalities, and in decline in deaths of drivers, passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists. Truck crashes were the only area in which the number of fatalities increased.
The decline in fatal crashes involving other types of vehicles is probably at least in part the result of safer passenger vehicles. Advances in safety technology are helping motorists avoid collisions or reduce the severity of those crashes. Systems that work to alert drivers when a crash is imminent can help attract a distracted motorist’s attention is time for them to slow down. In other cases, automatic braking technology will kick in to avoid a wreck even without the driver applying the brakes. Rear-view cameras are giving motorists a better view when they back up, and blind-spot alerts warn motorists of cars and objects out of their line of sight.
Similar systems would undoubtedly help to prevent crashes involving large trucks as well. Unfortunately, the trucking industry is behind in having such features added to their vehicles. The result is not only more trucker fatalities but more crashes that kill people in smaller vehicles as well.
In the event of a truck accident, talk to our 18-wheeler accident lawyer about your rights and legal options.
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If you or a loved one is seeking legal justice and monetary compensation for injuries or the loss of a loved one, call Giddens Law Firm, P.A. at (601) 355-2022 or Toll Free at (888) 335-2022. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. A truck accident lawsuit must be filed before its expiration date, also known as the statute of limitations. Please call right away to losing your right to possible financial compensation.
Giddens Law Firm offers clients a one-on-one, client-to-lawyer experience. Mr. Giddens gives your case the attention you need and deserve. He has handled countless personal injury cases throughout Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.
Mr. Giddens focuses on serving those who have been victims of crashes involving 18-wheeler tractor-trailer semi-trucks, and is able to represent the victims as well as the families of those who have passed in such wrecks. Not only does Mr. Giddens represent the interests of those hurt in these wrecks, but he also studies the trucking industry and follows new developments in it so that he can remain at the forefront of trucking litigation. Mr. Giddens has served as an ambassador for the implementation of side underride guard protections, which can substantially prevent death or serious injury in nearly 75% of trucking crashes when installed.
If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call Giddens Law Firm, P.A. at (601) 355-2022 or Toll Free at (888) 335-2022. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds.
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