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Study finds multiple factors result in large truck crashes

A major study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration examined the primary causes behind large truck crashes. It covered 120,000 crashes and limited its research to only serious or fatal accidents. The study was narrowed to 963 truck crashes which resulted in 249 fatalities and 1,654 injuries.

According to the study, driver mistakes were responsible for 87 percent of total crashes. The underlying causes being either: performance mistakes, decision errors, improper recognition or failure to properly perform. Performance mistakes accounted for 9 percent of crashes, decision errors accounted for the largest proportion at 38 percent, recognition accounted for another 28 percent and non-performance contributed the remaining 12 percent.

Driver non-performance occurs when the driver is disabled for some reason. It could be because he had a heart attack or because he fell asleep. Recognition issues are issues with the driver paying attention. Decision errors are when the driver makes the wrong call while behind the wheel. The classic examples are spending and failing to break in time. Performance mistakes occur when the driver is unable to adapt to the driving environment, for example, a driver that over-corrects and jackknifes the truck.

If you were injured by a semi-truck then you may want to speak to an attorney. Semi-trucks are covered by multiple layers of liability and insurance. Each of those layers will try to avoid paying you your just compensation. An attorney can help you cut through the legal barriers and get to the heart of the matter, that you were injured and you need help to pay for your medical bills. An attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve so that you don't have to pay for your medical bills or injuries.

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